I’ve been itching for months to try real free-form needle felting. I got a little taste of it with my felted soap a few months ago. When Etsy sent me an email featuring adorable felted pumpkin starter kits, I knew I had found my first project. I wanted a kit to at least tell me what to do the first time I tried it. If it was a good experience, I could experiment later. I ordered the kit from Emma’s Garden Primitives. It was a wonderful experience! The kit shipped promptly, included everything I needed to make an adorable, palm-sized pumpkin, and included easy to follow instructions. I couldn’t be more pleased! The pumpkin is now friends with my knit cat. 🙂
The same friend that taught me to make homemade soap in May taught me to make felted soap a couple of weeks ago. (This post is way behind!) Making felted soap is actually super easy and makes a great fun, creative gift. I didn’t take picture during the process, but there are already some great tutorials on how to do it. Frugal Kiwi breaks the process up into two parts: how to wet felt the soap and how to needle felt a design on top. I used a piece of my friend’s amazing homemade soap, wet felted in a natural off white fiber, then needle felted a cat and ball of yarn on top. The only real variation from what Fugal Kiwi describes is that we used bubble wrap to create friction rather than a sushi bamboo mat. I had a great experience. If you are looking for a new, easy craft, I would definitely recommend making felted soap!
Difficulty: Wet Felting-Easy, Needle Felting-Moderate
Time Required: 30 minutes
Overall Experience: Excellent