Sunday, January 24, 2010

I'm Felting! I'm Fellllttting!



I've discovered a new obsession: felted soap! About a year ago, I met this fabulous felt and fiber artist on Art Fire who bought tons of my soap so she could felt and sell it. It didn't dawn on me to try it my darn self-not until I met a fabulous woman who has a farm and raises llamas and makes her own yarn and roving and stuff. O--M--G! It is so soft. Pepper (the cat) and I keep rubbing our faces on it, LOL....



Felting the soap is not as easy as it looks. It requires lots of rubbing, mashing, smoothing, rinsing, repeating....Here's a how-to I found on YouTube. You don't need a washing board for this one. Pardon my ignorance, but who just has one of those laying around?

(See? Not enough rubbing, mashing, patting, and rinsing!)


Practice makes perfect. Attn soapers: here's a new way to get rid of those ugly, misshapen, off-kilter soaps that you were just going to toss or give away. Why not felt it and sell it!?

6 comments:

Ann said...

I am in the process of felting soap. It was not hard, but it takes a little getting used to. I felted two bars of soap this weekend, one was fine the other needs extra work. I looked at it this morning and some of the wool has not shrunk around the bar like I think it should.

I hope I can go over it again this evening and see if that will help.

www.grandmaandmesoaps.com

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

great job on those makes the soaps look so fun and colorful :)

Amy W said...

Awesome job, Patrice! Hey, if you want my felting kit, I'm selling it for $15 plus shipping. About 30 different colors of yarn (plus a felting board!) included. Decided it wasn't for me. :)

yummy suds said...

Where do you find the time, woman?! lol
These are lovely!! :)

RainyDayArt said...

Hey! We rubbed off on each other! You inspired me to make soap!!

Kia said...

Good job, beautiful as always :0)I've seen felted soap on Etsy. I guess I just don't get it. What's it for?