In the fall I usually do ceramic workshops with my students at school to get ready for the holidays. This year we did a Thanksgiving series that was all about the things we use while cooking. We made a spoon rest, a ring holder because you need to put your rings somewhere while you wash your hands, after all during flu season we want to make sure our hands are always clean. We made a soap dish, again make sure you kill those germs. Then I got the idea to have them make felted soap to go with the soap dish.
Step 2: Supplies
A large bucket or pail
hottest water you can touch
wool roving (the roving is easy enough to find on line, sometimes e-bay, definitely JoAnnes fabrics)
Step 3: Getting Started
I choose two or three colors of roving and separate it into very fine sections.
Step 4: Wrapping
begin wrapping the soap with thin strands of the roving
Step 5: Damp Roving
every so often dip your hands in the warm water and rub them on the strands to help make them stay in place
continue building up layers until entire bar of soap is covered.
carefully place the soap in the stocking and tightly tie knots in the ends
Drop the soap in the bucket of hottest water possible
Let it soak for about 20 minutes
remove the soap and while it is still inside the stocking wash your hands again and again. The heat from the water is shrinking the wool roving and making a casing around the soap.
Step 10: Drying
Let the soap dry in the stocking over night.
Step 11: Remove Stocking
when dry carefully cut the stocking away.
Step 12: Ready for Gifting
I think the FELTED SOAPS look extra pretty tied with a ribbon.