Soap-In-A-Coat Felted Soap
Suzanna Anna wraps wood fibers around a bar of soap to create her Soap In A Coat felted soap.
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bar of soap with a rounded edge
colored wool batting
wool roving in a variety of colors
terry cloth towel
bowl of hot water
1. Wrap a thin layer of wool batting around a bar of soap in a single layer in one direction (figure A).
2. Wrap a second layer of wool batting around the soap perpendicular to the first layer (figure B).
3. Wrap a third layer of wool batting around the soap in the same direction as the first layer.
4. Make sure all the wool is evenly applied and if there are any thin spots, add more wool.
5. Pull off small tufts of wool roving and lay a few different colors over the surface of the bar in different
directions (figure C).
6. Cut off the toe end of a nylon stocking. Gently place the wrapped soap inside the toe of the stocking. Knot the open end of the stocking to secure the bar inside.
7. Dip the wrapped bar into hot water.
9. Place a washboard on a baking sheet. Gently begin to rub the soaped side onto a washboard for a couple of minutes making sure to rub in every direction (figure E).
10. The bar will begin to lather. Turn the soap over and rub the other side of the bar.
11. Continue rubbing the bar on the washboard for about 10 minutes on every side in every direction. Note: Do not forget the edges.
13. Continue the felting process by rubbing the bar in your hands as if you were washing your hands with this soap (figure G). Continue rubbing until you can no longer pinch wool away from the soap.
14. Rinse away any suds in water.
15. Blot dry on a terry cloth towel.
Elke Amenda-Spirakis shares her process for making batts and then needle-felting this wooly cat.