Felting soap

Happy new year!  I’m looking forward to many new things in 2016:  new ideas, new location, and new projects.

That said, felted soap is a tried and true best seller.  I get soap that is hand made locally and felt it with alpaca fiber.

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Carded alpaca fiber

I use mostly white fiber that I have carded, but also blend some dyed fiber with the white for a little bit of color on the soap bars.

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Ready to felt

I tear the carded fiber into fluffy strips that will be wrapped around the soap – five strips per bar in alternating directions with the colored fiber going on last.  With hot water in a bowl and cold in the other, I wet the fiber with hot water and gently rub it until it begins to felt. As it felts, I dip it in the cold water to shock it into felting quicker.

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Drying

The soap bars are set on racks to dry overnight.  Once completely dry, they are labeled and ready to go.   Who wants some lovely scented felted soap?

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