I know, who knew you could do that, or would want to? Here are some reasons as to why one would want to wet felt soap:
- The felt acts as a scrubber. Not exactly rough, but it acts like a built in wash cloth.
- You use less soap and as such, it makes your soap last longer.
- No soap scum at the bottom of the soap dish.
- Using hard soap is more environmentally friendly than using gel soap or body wash.
- You use up all of the soap, so you don’t have to throw little bits away.
- When the soap is finished, you have a felted piece of fabric that you can re-use for other projects
- Another reason to felt soap is so that you can have the color that matches your bathroom or kitchen! 🙂 I made this one up, but it is one reason I tried it.
Going back to number 7 above, I have some nice lavender soaps I purchased in France, but they are purple. My bathroom has ocean colors and my kitchen is linen colored. Purple really doesn’t go in those rooms.
The first bar I felted was the one on the top left. It is a Dove bar (for sensitive skin). I blended some blue Merino with green Corriedale top and tied it with some wool yarn. I used the instructions here: https://rosiepink.typepad.co.uk/rosiepink/how-to-make-felted-soaps-and-pebbles.html
I was originally looking for instructions on how to make a wet felted vessel and found the soap tutorial also. I watched countless videos on youtube, but wasn’t very impressed with them as I thought the soaps looked too lumpy. I think wet felting soap can be a bit hit and miss. I used two shades of blue Merino for the large bar of soap in the middle top. My son gave me a nice bar of soap from Marseilles that has been scenting my scarf drawer, but it will be used as hand soap once the one I’m using is finished. The rectangular bar on the top left is lavender soap that I have been using in the kitchen. I used it felted today and I think it is better at getting off the dog grime because of the felt. This was made with Corriedale tops that have long fibers like Merino, but are not as soft. The soap on the bottom right is made with a Corriedale roving that is already blended. For some reason, I don’t think it came out that great. It might get better with use. Ditto for the one next to it.
I had fun making these and it was a very soapy experience. I will only ever be making these for myself or any family members that request it! These soaps were the first thing I made in over a week as I had been on dog duty all week as my hubs was at my daughters’ helping her with some decorating and other things. So I was pretty tired after walking the dogs early in the morning, coming home at lunch, and walking them after work. I had just about enough time to feed myself. At least with felting soap, you don’t have to worry about stabbing yourself with a needle! 🙂