Wet Felting Soap

I thought I’d do a very quick post in one of our current favorite things to do. And a good thing for christmas pressies.

Wet felting soap is easy and great with kids, its messy but in a clean way, we tend to do it sitting out in the sun or at the sink.

Take a bar of soap, we tend to use goats milk soap we buy locally, or a natural Earthwise one. Bars or rounds, it doesnt matter.

Wrap liberally in wool roving, alternating the direction of the strands – be generous here, the only ones we have done that weren’t great were these that I was stingy with the roving with – they worked but took longer and didnt felt together as firmly.

Have a look at the soap, it should have a nice thick coat of felt round it, densly felted and quite smooth. If you can pull strands of wool off you need to put more hot water on it and rub it some more in your hands or the bubble wrap.

Wash off suds in cold water and leave to dry.

Pretty (and fun)

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Once your soaps wrapped up like a parcel dip it in the hottest water your hands can stand (ignore the bubbles in ours, I was forgetting soap was, well, soapy. So I added bubbles as I would for felting stones etc) and start massaging the bar as the foam comes through, keep going. It will be foamy and go a bit loose and wrinkly but keep going. Keep going. And some more. Roll up in bubble wrap if you fancy and roll that in your hands, or on the draining board. Or like Moo did, use it to wash your legs.

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Have a look at the soap, it should have a nice thick coat of felt round it, densly felted and quite smooth. If you can pull strands of wool off you need to put more hot water on it and rub it some more in your hands or the bubble wrap.

Wash off suds in cold water and leave to dry.

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*her hands in the water .. that’s the cold water stage.

Not my best efforts but Moo enjoyed herself – well, she did for about 10 mins before hitting a proverbial ‘wall’ and heading to bed for a little nap.

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October 26, 2013 Crafting