Today, I wet felted my very first bar of soap. This is a fun and easy craft to do with your kids as well. I felted two bars. The first one I did kind of hap hazard like, and it didn't turn out as well. The second bar is a lot nicer.
Felting soap is a cool way to felt, and make something useful... Soap built into a wash cloth. This is a great stocking stuffer, party favour, or gift for any occasion.
I am also hoping to be pairing up with a local soap artisan in the near future, so there could be some felting soapy goodness in my future endeavors. :)
Here is what you will need:
1. bar of soap ( I used Ivory, because I had it on hand. ) I would use something that suds up really nicely.
2. Colorful wool roving or batting. ( I used New Zealand Corriedale and Merino wool.)
3. a stocking
4. wash board, sushi mat or anything similar for friction . This is not necessary, but definitely speeds things along.
5. Warm water & towel
What to do:
1. Wrap your bar of soap in your roving. You want to wrap it twice, end to end and side to side to make sure bar is completely wrapped. I think the first time should be a solid colour with some small wisps of other colours to try at first. I tried with too many colours the first time, and this is obviously for someone with a bit more wet felting experience, plus I didn't use the sushi mat the first time. You will be able to see a big difference in the first and second bars.
2. Place the wrapped bar in the toe end of a stocking and tie a knot in it.
3. Dip the bar into a sink with hot but not scalding water.
4. Start to lather up the bar by gently rubbing the bar.
5. Rub the bar up and down on your wash board and or sushi mat, flipping it over, and doing the sides as well. Wet again after a couple of minutes and repeat the process. You want to do this for about 5- 10 minutes to make sure felting process is complete.
6. Rinse lather off the bar, and remove from the stocking to dry.
If once you remove the bar, and it doesn't look completely felted, then repeat step 5 for a few more minutes.
Once the bar is dry then you can package up, and give it as a gift, or put it in your bath tub for your next bath! :) The skies the limit on creativity with this project.
Second Bar felting stage: