It’s even nearer Christmas, and Xmas Trees are now going up – a brief reference to my last post, the special offer about adding some sparkle is still on, so have a look.
If you’d like to try your hand at creating a few really individual gifts that don’t take too long to make, and don’t break the bank, why not have a go at felted soap?
Its really easy, and you can use any soap you like – whether scented or not, commercially made and bought from the supermarket, or handmade – or even a combination of small ends of bars! You can also get the kids to help and turn it into a play workshop.
Felting soap is also a very practical way to use soap – the felt cover will shrink to fit the soap as it is used, and keeps the soap clean as it absorbs all those sticky bits left after use – as well as adding a soft but slightly exfoliating surface.
You don’t need much wool fibre for each bar, and quite a few of you will have odds and ends that you have been looking to find a use for – all kinds of wool will felt, and you can mix them for this project.
However, if you do want to buy some merino tops to use – please do have a look at my listings on ebay – I currently have a few auction lots starting at 99p that will end on sunday, (I may add a few more during the next few weeks) as well as plenty of reasonably priced cream merino top that you can find here.
As a club member I can offer you a pot luck 50p mix of coloured merino tops to use to decorate your felted soap with. To claim this special offer, with any purchase you make from my ebay listings, please ask for the ‘pot luck 50p mix‘ before you pay, and I will send you an amended invoice. All combined purchases you make on ebay are charged at a fixed rate of £2.50 (2nd class) & £3.50 (1st class) for packages that weigh up to 750 gm for UK customers, and I will also keep postage to a mimimum for overseas customers.
I was going to write my own instructions, but a quick search on the web came up with two really excellent links.
The first is a fully illustrated web page with step by step instructions for felting bars of soap, and gives you plenty of ideas – click here to have a look.
The second gives you instructions on how to make decorative felted pebbles of soap – click here for more ideas.
I also have some very nicely packaged selections of silk and merino fibres that are suitable as gifts that are available on both ebay and my etsy shop. Click on the names to get to them – you will find different selections of stock on each site.
If you want to put together an order that includes items from both sites, you are welcome to order them direct and I will even give you a discount if you do! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So happy felting, and don’t get too frazzled before christmas!
All the best