Finally! Lots of fuzzy soap in sheep’s clothing, built-in wooly wash cloth felted soap! Atten—tion!
Sending a little ‘I ♥ love ♥ ewe’ your way!
An easy wet felting project. You’ll need a fav bar of soap and any natural or dyed/colored wool roving or batt. Bits of wool locks, staples, mohair, novelty yarns add interest and texture! Wrap the wool roving neatly around the soap until adequately covered, adding bits of this ‘n that for interest if desired. Then comes the felting – alternate hot & cold water, working the fiber rigorously until felted. Once you have the hang of it, needle felt an image on your next bar of felted soap, BEFORE you wet felt it!
Lavender is a gardener fav!
A bit more felted goodness…and a great stash buster for all those odds ‘n ends! This project was knitted first, and then ‘felted’ in the washing machine.
Little catch-all bowls.
I’ll probably add a needle felted sheep or two…
Dear Jenny: I just love this idea of felting around a bar of soap. What I’d like to know is, is there a particular brand of soap that you could suggest? I would think a harder soap would be best–are there any types/brands you think work better than others? Again, I love your site and check it all the time. I made a really neat wreath for my door this Christmas by felting old wool skirts and a sweater. I cut them into squares using pinking shears and sewed them onto a twig wreath and added red wood beads for berries . It looked great! Thanks for all the super ideas that you share. Blessings, Carol
Woot Woot! I’m glad you find inspiration here! Felting soap is a fun project. It’s a springboard to ‘resist’ felting (the soap provides the ‘resist’). You can make hollowed out vessels, seamless, no-sew items such as slippers, hats, etc. But, that’s getting off-topic! Any soap will do… I don’t use my hand-made soap, it sells well on it’s own. Why cover it up? If YOU have a fav bath soap, begin there. I use a variety of different soaps – for their shapes & scent, some I melt & pour myself. I look for all-natural qualities. For a beginner felter, I like to use YARDLEY lavender soap because it has rounded corners (vs. a square bar of soap). Meijers carries it (occassionally on sale) and I’ve found it in Dollar Stores too. I even use small guest bar soaps that hubby brings home from job-related travel. Experiment with a few different soaps: castile soaps are nice too. Good luck & let me know how it goes!
This is so awesome Jenny! This is my next modality I want to play with now that I am getting good with needle felting. So much fun!
Hi Jenn! I suggest you begin with wet-felting in ‘the flat’, so you can ‘see’ how the wool/fiber reacts to manipulation. Next, try felting with a ‘resist’… whether around a baloon, ball, stone (or soap) to create a vessel, bowl, boot… I L.O.V.E. wet felting! TOO MUCH FUN!