Welcome, how nice of you to visit! Today I’m going to share the ancient craft of felting soap. Won't you join me?
Felted soap makes a lovely gift and is a beautiful way to protect soap down to the last slippery sliver.
Why felt soap? Because it’s so pretty, eco, earthy and sensual. Wool is by nature slightly antibacterial which is a good thing in the shower. Felting it around a bar of soap gives you the convenience of having washcloth, lather, and exfoliant in one hand.
When the soap is used up you then have two options. Slit the wool open on one end and insert a new bar or toss the felted wool onto your compost pile. Wool is a source of slow releasing nitrogen and is conveniently packed with amino-acids ready for your garden soil. It's a win-win. Shall we begin?
How to make Felted soap
What you need:
What you need:
scented homemade soap
nylon stocking, cut a little bigger than bar of soap
What you do:
Pull a piece of roving apart until it’s almost thin enough to see through. It should be thick enough that the soap doesn't show through but thin enough not to clump in bulky bunches. Center soap on the wool roving.
Add narrow pieces of one or two other colours of wool roving. Wrap them around the bar to create an interesting design.
Dip your fingers in warm water and let it dribble onto the wool. Firmly press the roving against the soap. Hold until it clings. You will need to re-wet your fingers many times.
Carefully slip the wool wrapped soap into nylon stocking. Dribble on more water and rub gently until the soap begins to lather and soak through the nylon. Increase the intensity of rubbing.
Massage the bar of soap between your hands as if you were washing with it. As you generate friction, the wool roving will begin to felt and shrink to fit the soap. At first it will feel puffy, but as it felts you will feel the shape of the soap more and more. It will take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how thick your original wool roving was and how much friction you use.
Carefully remove felted soap from the nylon stocking and pat the lather off with a towel. Set in a warm place to dry completely for about 10 minutes, either in the sun or by the wood stove.
This tutorial is part of the Homemade Living Series. Also posting today are Staci at Life at Cobble Hill Farm and Daisy at Maple Hill Farm. Why not pop over and see what they're up to?