Felted Soap

| 3/24/2015 8:52:00 AM

TracyI've been looking at felted soap at craft fairs for a year, and wasn't sure it was something I wanted to try. After speaking to one of the fiber artists who created felted soap, I decided to give it a try. I Googled "felted soap" to get some ideas, and decided I wasn't quite ready for the fancy stuff. Fortunately, there are some basic techniques to follow for simple felted soap.

Like everything else I've tried, I hope to get better at making felted soap. For now, I’m happy to learn that the basic process is super-easy. (“Super-easy” seems to be a theme for the projects I like.) The general idea is to wrap wool or alpaca around a bar of soap, get it wet, and rub/agitate it until the fiber attaches to itself, around the soap.

The key to felted soap is the soap. You can use homemade or store-bought soap. It takes a good amount of lather to work its way through the felt, so you want a soap that gets good and sudsy. I found Kirk’s Natural Soap at the grocery store at a cost of three bars for under $5. It suds up really well, and works great for felting!


What you need:

Bar soap
Carded/combed fiber
Colored felting fiber for decoration/design (optional)
Baking pan or shallow dish
Warm water with small amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid