Friday, November 21, 2014

Felted Soaps.........

Sometimes you have a batch or even just a few bars of soap that just does not look as nice as you were hoping.  The colors morphed, the swirls did not swirl, the colors bled together, the fragrance caused discoloration and you no longer have that beautiful and carefully designed and colored soap (thank you vanilla) you had planned on..... oh, what to do with said soap bars. Well, welcome to felted soap!

Felted soap is the art of wrapping soap in wool roving then wet felting it so that the fibers combine to encase the soap in a wool wrap. That is the easy and simple solution to what to do with those excellent bars of nourishing handmade soap that you just can't look at anymore. It is great soap made with a wonderful blend of oils and scent..... and now it is even greater. You can even expand on the basic wet felting to add needle felted designs to create truly unique and one of a kind pieces of soap "artwork".

Anything goes from beautiful tie dye effects of wet felting multiple colors of wool roving together to the silly monsters above, geometric designs, landscapes and on and on.  The possibilities are endless as you let your imagination and needle felting skills take over.

Felted soap is not just to beautify your bar soaps but brings with it excellent shower and bathing qualities:

1. No need for a additional washcloth or scrubby - the felted natural wool fibers allow the soap to create a wonderful lather for showering or bathing.

2. Gentle and mild exfoliation from the natural wool fibers. 

3. Due to the natural quick drying features of wool, soap dries quicker resulting in longer lasting bars
as long as soap is not left in a pool of water and allowed to drain in between uses).

4. No more slippery soap that drops out of your hand.

5. When the soap is used up, you are left with a beautiful felted pouch. Just cut a slit in the top and fill with potpourri or even other soap scraps to get full use of all your soap bars.

6. Felted Soaps make a wonderful and unique gifts. 

I am having so much fun and find this technique so therapeutic and relaxing (something about stabbing a needle into an object over and over and over again..... hmmmmm...) that I created a wonderful batch of unscented goat's milk soap just to create felted soap from. The bars are curing now, but come next month, I will be felting like a mad woman.

If you would like to learn how to felt soap, there are many, many tutorials available online. I prefer the technique of using a section of nylon (closed off on one end) to hold the soap as you wet felt it. There are also many tutorials on needle felting (for the optional surface designs) but this suppliers blog is a great resource for all types of felting:

Have fun!

~ Faith
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  1. Your blog is great! I learned a lot! Thank you!

  2. Those felt soaps are impossibly cute =) You are most talented. They look great =)