Last weekend we gathered the family together and made felted soaps for holiday gift-giving. Â This is an especially fun craft for children since it involves yummy smelling soap, brightly coloured wool and water play! Â There are hundreds of "how-to" videos on youtube with variations such as "soap on a rope" and "soap in a washcloth".Â Here'sÂ a basic tutorial to get you started.
Supplies you'll need:
Bar soap. Â We like to use handmade soap and got our bars at Bird On a WireÂ just off Broadway on Main Street. Â We cut each bar in half, making it easier for a child's small hands to manage the felting process.
Wool fibre. Bheda Wool and Bon Bons offer a scrumptious array of colours and felt beautifully.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Knee high stockings. Â Used to encase wool-wrapped soap during the initial felting process, optional for the experienced felter but very helpful for the novice and kids.
Hot and cold water and lots of towels.