Monday, April 16, 2012

plenty of soap

Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, 
plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.—Lillie Langtry

Seems all we do around here these days has to do with soap. I started experimenting with making felted soaps last week—something I have wanted to do for ages, but never got around to. 

It is pretty basic, and applies the same felting principles as the bowl I made a week ago: hot water, soap, agitation, and voila! The wool roving makes a little casing around the soap. And yes, all this wool is from our sheep.

These were my second attempt. I experimented with a variety of felting surfaces, and found that using a laundry lingerie bag to help with the felting process really sped things along. (Not actually washing it in the bag, but using the surface of the bag to rub the wool and persuade it to felt.)

The beauty of the finished product, apart from the visual appeal, is that the washcloth is built right in. As you wash with it, the wool shrinks around the soap bar. Pretty neat, right?

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