First I used about 2oz of fleece that had been carded into rolags and placed a very very inexpensive soap on it. I made sure the width of the rolag was just wider than the soap. I then rolled it. I then took another piece and wrapped the soap across the other way. Then I took a third piece of fleece and wrapped it length wise again to make sure the soap would not be visible after felting.
So here is my soap tucked inside a big ball of fleece!
I then ran it under hot water and began matting the fleece and began the felting process. I did little dribbles of water at a time and kept matting the fleece down until it was sticking together and not opening up. Lots of suds at this time.
(doesnt' it look like a yummy ball of fresh mozzarella)
After I ran it along the ridges for a while I continued to pat it and shape it with my hands. I tried to pull the fleece away from the soap and it would not give and that is how I knew the felting was complete.
Now picture it with a little raffia tied around it! Oooh lovely little homemade gift!
Its a pretty and practical gift, soap and loofah in one!
Have fun felting!!