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Handier than soap on a rope--and prettier too!  Felted soap is soap covered in wool roving and then gently wet felted and made into a spa chic exfoliating soap.  Like soap and a washcloth all in one.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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Wool Roving--3 colors (you can use more but it can get a little tacky looking)
Soap--Find something you think smells pretty.  Rounded edges will be easier to felt.
Bubble wrap--a nice way to recycle.
Small spray bottle
Dish washing liquid (like Dawn, Palmolive)

Fill the spray bottle with warm water and add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid.
Look for wool roving in bulk at your local yarn store--much cheaper than purchasing on line or at Jo-Ann's.

Step 2: Spread Out

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Starting with your base color (I use the un-dyed roving for a base because it is cheaper) spread out your roving to a cobweb like consistency.  Alternate back and forth until the soap is totally covered.

Step 3: Wrap it Up

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Wrap the cobwebs of roving around the soap, first in one direction, and then in the opposite.  Alternate back and forth until the soap is entirely covered.  Use most of your roving on this base layer--make sure the corners are covered up. 

Step 4: Yeah, it looks like a Tribble

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Add your accent colors--I suggest spreading the colors thin on your first attempt (for a marbled effect)--it felts more easily.

Keep the faith, this will, indeed, all felt down into a nice compact soap like the photo. 

Step 5: Spritz spritz

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Place your Tribble soap on the bubble wrap and lightly spritz both sides with the water soap mixture.  Go easy on the water to start--too much water and you'll get a crazy, sudsy mess (although it will still work)--but very clean hands. 
You unwrap the soap right? And how big the soap, and how much wool?
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Wish I'd seen this before I started felting soap. I use a dog brush and a bit of boiling water every so often to do the felting. Bubble wrap looks easier. Thanks!
manicmaid2 years ago
I was wanting to make some for Christmas but have never felted before...how much wool do you need per soap approx? Thanks! :D
kathrynl2 years ago
Nice! I have some scrap roving wool, so I think I'll give this a try soon. Thanks!
susanrm2 years ago
Ooh, I like! Felting is one of my favorite things. (As shown by my avatar.) :-)
That is so cute! What a nice idea!