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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2005 02:53:57 PM »

Okay, here's my attempt.  I'm still new at this wet felting thing so I'm glad you started with something fairly easy Grin.  I tried using a washboard just to see what would happen, it didn't work so well- I think because of the way I laid the wool on in "strands".  It smells awesome though, I used almond soap.



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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2005 03:07:47 PM »

Glad to see you joined us radal16  Smiley
I would have thought trying to cover the round edges would have been difficult too. I think you did a great job by the looks of it.
Don't worry, next piece will be a flat-felted piece. No annoying corners Wink


Generally washboards can be used near the end of larger projects (such as hats or bowls) to help shrink the felt fast. You don't need one for this project, but there's no harm.

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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2005 03:13:08 PM »

Okay, here's my attempt.  I'm still new at this wet felting thing so I'm glad you started with something fairly easy Grin.  I tried using a washboard just to see what would happen, it didn't work so well- I think because of the way I laid the wool on in "strands".  It smells awesome though, I used almond soap

Yeah!!!!! Radal.  It looks great, love the colors and design.  What didn't work with the washboard?  Did the felt slip and slide about, bubble up?

Now on bar # 12 or so - and am finally starting to get the feel for the felt - a bit anyway.  Figured out it needed more squeezing pressure plus covering it with the tulle net to hold it in place to start and gentle rolling rubbing with light pressure on the surface only at the end.

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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2005 03:18:14 PM »

I haven't tried covering any of mine in tulle or pantyhose yet, or rubbing on a wahboard, but I definitely agree about squeezing. Mine seemed to work best it I kept adding water squeezing it out, adding more water squeezing it out, until finally when it was shrinking enough to stay in place a little bit I could rub it gently then with more pressure as the wool felted further. Lots of squeezing and squishing and no rubbing in the beginning though.
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2005 07:31:35 PM »

And another...



I'm all out of fiber.  Cry Must get some more roving.
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2005 08:15:01 PM »

I love the colors!  It reminds me of the ocean.  craftykate, I completely agree about the squeezing part.  It is the best for keeping the roving in place.  I am off to make another soap.  If my camera works, I will post. 
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2005 04:47:29 AM »

I'm hooked!! Today I bought a natural soap bar (Marseille soap) and 2 small packets of wool roving.. They cost me a fortune (10g bags,1.90 euro each), but I couldn't wait to order online :-) I will try to make my own felted soap bar this afternoon.. and let you know. PS: I have never felted before, so.. wish me luck Wink

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wow, it was really hard!!!  Tongue I made 2 attempts, but I'm not really satisfied withe the result. The strands of roving that I added to variegate the colour kinda "rolled up" and became detached from the bar.. so I had to cut them off  Cry And then, the whole thing is not convincingly and firmly attached to the bar.. I have a lot to learn!! I love felt but I have to admit.. I am clueless  Huh
How long did you rub the bar with your hands? How much wool did you use in the first place? How do I know when it's "felted"?
Thanks for your help & thanks for this project.. it was FUN!

Here are the pictures:



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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2005 05:34:16 AM »

Oh yes CraftyKate, you must get more roving.  Your felted over soaps are so gorgeous.  They look so nice and tight and great designs. 

Hey Snacker, hope your camera is working- am really enjoying seeing the variety of felt covers everone it making --- now if we could just get the lovely smells.

Mata,  a little roving goes a long way with these soaps.  The roving always seems so pricey to me too, but it does turn into lovely stuff.  Best wishes on a super fun felty adventure.

jungrrl, glad to have you here.

Did I already tell you I had to go get more soap?  One of my local friends has a cookie swap party every Dec.; am not a baker so always take a non-edible craft to trade-- this year it will be felt covered soap.  Grin  May have to get some rubber gloves out too, my hands are getting pretty dry.



and just in case some of you like visuals here are the tulle and plastic wrap that helped me in the initial stages to get a good firm squeeze



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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2005 10:11:01 PM »

Thanks for the visuals GraceO!  I am going to try it this way tomorrow I am hoping... tried to use my soap in the shower and I think I used too much roving.  It didnt quite work so well as a scrub bar as I'd hoped but I'm definetly up to try again!
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« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2005 01:34:16 PM »

Everyones soaps are soooo pretty and mine are sort of bleh.. Undecided I have one bar of soap left and before I start in on that one I was wondering if its possible to make a flower without felting needles...if not then I will have to wait to make one with a flower cuz I was too poor to buy the ones I found the other day lol. I mean I needed for a sweater I'm working on...



They are sooo soft though and I can't wait to try them out in the shower tomorrow. Well actually my boyfriend gets to try them out..I have to go buy a bar of soap that I'm not allergic to before I get to use one Sad
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