February 14th, 2011
I wanted to make some special favors for a baby shower I was co-hosting and decided on felting soap. I”d wanted to try it for a while and I”ve been pretty into felting. It was a fun project and somewhat meditative. I purchased all the soap–I”ve never been a star at making soap. These are super simple to make, they just take some time. There are some pretty good tutorials out there if you”re interested. I couldn”t find the one I used, but the basics are to wrap the soap with raw wool to cover the soap pretty well. Do this again with the grain of the wool going the opposite direction as the first wrap. There should be a good cushion around the soap and you should not see any soap. Dip the wool/soap combo in as hot of water as you can stand so it”s completely wet. Start patting it gently to get suds, intensifying your scrubbing of the soap as it starts to stay in place better. Continue for 10-15 minutes until it looks felted, dipping again in hot water as needed. These would be a great project to do with grade school kids. You can even put the soap down after starting and come back to it later to finish, if they get bored.
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