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Felt Wrapped Soap

Why wrap soap in felt? I hear you ask.  Well, felting this beautiful wool and silk blended fibre around the soap makes the soap lather a little more than it ordinarily would and provides a lovely texture against the skin.  The fibres felt together more tightly as the soap is used and by the time the soap has been fully dissolved, you are left with a hollow felted pouch which can be stuffed with lavender or other items. These felt wrapped soaps make special gifts.

Felt wrapped soap

Start with a plain bar of soap.

Soap for covering with wool tops

The dyed Merino wool fibres will felt most easily.  We have chosen to use a Merino wool and silk blend which when felted will give a marbled effect on the surface. The wool comes in a roving which needs to be pulled open and loosely wrapped in a thin layer around the bar of soap.

Loosely cover the soap with the wool fibre

Add a second layer lengthways... and a third widthways.

Spray with hot soapy water to dampen and settle the fibres down.

Nearly ready to felt

Wrap in either a dish cloth or a piece of fine netting.

Wrap the package ready for felting

Fill up a washing up bowl with hot water and submerge the package.  Taking care not to let the parcel unwrap, rub it on all sides and roll it between your hands until it starts to lather.  Continue for at least 5 minutes before unwrapping.   

Rub and roll the package to felt it

Carefully unwrap the parcel.  The fibres will have started to felt.  Continue rubbing and rolling the felt wrapped soap until the fibres have fully matted together, this won't take long as Merino wool is quick to felt.  Rinse and place next to a sink or in the shower to enjoy!

The felt wrapped soap

 

 

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