How to make felted soap. This soap is a perfect gift for someone special. You can use simple bar soap and felt it with wool for a unique gift idea.
Just in case you were curious if I knew all the lyrics to that anthemic hit “Am I am Muppet or a Man?”
Just in case you were concerned.
After yesterday….I know each and every lyric.
“Now I understand who I am
I’m a muppet
I’m a man
I’m a muppet of a man
I’m a manly muppet
That’s what I am”
You’d know them too….if you had driven 10 hours yesterday in a car with that catchy tune playing over and over and over again.
As you listened and empathized with Walter the muppet and Gary the man as they agonized over their roles in this world and ponder the basic questions of life….
……all set to a melodious score.
I was trying to write about felting soap….but Walter’s and Gary’s introspective discussion kept distracting me.
I wanted to see how it resolved.
I was riveted.
I couldn’t concentrate as I listened with great intensity. How could anyone write about felted soap when no one knew if Walter was a muppet or a man?
I had no idea that Muppets: The Musical would be such a deep intense philosophical dissection of our place in the universe.
The Muppets as philosophers.
Next time we go on a road trip, though, I’m going with something a little lighter…..
…..like Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago 🙂
How To Make Felted Soap
(tutorial brought to you by Muppets: The Musical)
Scented Bar Soap
Step 1: find the soap
Find old bar soap in back of bathroom closet to use with project.
Wonder if soap ever expires?
Look for expiration date.
Shrug and proceed.
Thin wool roving out until you can almost see through it and place bar soap in center.
Step 2: wrap soap
Wrap almost expired soap in wool roving.
Tuck in at ends.
Lightly cover soap with wool.
If you have too much wool it will bunch off soap….too little wool and you can see the soap.
Step 3: add more colors of roving
Adhere to the philosophy that why have one color of wool roving when you can have three.
Add two or three colors with little strips of wool roving.
Stretch and thin wool roving until it covers the bar of soap.
Step 4: drizzle hot water
Drizzle a little hot water on soap and press wool very gently together.
Step 5: put it inside nylon
Insert bar of soap wrapped in wool roving into the nylon stocking.
Sprinkle a little more cool water until the soap starts to foam up inside nylon.
Gently rub wool on soap….alternating hot water and cool water.
This is where the patience comes in.
And the friction.
After a few minutes….the soap will lather and the wool will start to contract (or felt) onto the soap. At this point you will be lathering the soap up in your hands like you were washing them.
The nylon helps hold the wool into place until you have finished the felting process.
Keep rubbing the wool until it tightens around the soap.
It may take 10-12 minutes….but eventually the wool will tighten and form a casing around the soap.
Step 6: wipe off lather
Remove soap carefully from nylon.
Wipe excess lather off with a paper towel.
Set out to dry in sun for about 10 minutes.
When dry….it’s ready to use.
It was a long, but productive car ride home.
Where else would I have written a soap tutorial to the introspective questions of our very existence?
Eventually, Walter and Gary resolved their differences and the movie ended and silence reigned.
I thought we were done.
It seems we were just getting started.
Another soap opera was just around the corner.
You see I had no idea what was up next. I was completely unaware of the worries and woes……
……of Barbie the Princess and Barbie the Pop Star. 🙂