I bought a felting kit from another soaper several months ago when I found out how “easy” it was to make felted soap. The beauty of felted soap is that it not only covers ugly soap, but it works as a washcloth and soap in one. The wool will continue to shrink as you use the soap. Since I had some ugly peanut butter and jelly soap that smells just fine, last night I decided it was time to try it out!
I really didn’t have any idea how much wool to use for each bar of soap.
For my first attempt, I thought I used a bit too much wool, and it didn’t want to wrap very smoothly. I received these instructions from Mielke’s Farm when I bought the felting kit, and I’m pretty sure this is where the supplies for the kit originally came from as well.
Here are the basics:
1. Loosely wrap soap with wool.
2. Add little bits of water until wool sticks together.
3. Rub and squeeze wool until formed to soap.
4. Rinse with cold water.
5. Pat dry with towel.
6. Repeat over and over until your hands are completely pruney! (I added this last step because once I got started, it was just too much fun! )
You might be able to see some soaps that aren’t quite covered (not enough wool), and now that they are all dried, you can see that some of them still have some fluffy parts:
These will be for our family’s use for now. I’ll keep practicing – in my spare time! I had also recently bookmarked these instructions for felting soap. I would have to invest in a few more tools to create designs in the wool like they did…
Would you use a felted soap? Why or why not?