The thing is, I've never really felted anything before. So we decided to start slow, with just seeing if we could actually get it to work at all.
And it pretty much did. We followed the tutorial from here, a lovely place, by way of here, a place I am trying to remind myself to visit more often.
The basics. Step 1: go to the yarn store and buy some wool roving. We got lots. We're that way when we get into project mode. Get some bars of soap.
|Liam holds up the roving; bar of soap in background|
Step 2: wrap the base color of roving tightly around the soap. The tutorial has good instructions for this, you want it to be pretty tight and wrapped a few different ways around so you cover all the soap well. Do this with some of the roving that didn't cost so much. Use little bits of the expensive dyed roving to decorate the wrapped soap. This wont really stick, but you can sort of mash it onto the top and sides where you want it to be.
|Liam decorates the wrapped soap. He liked this part.|
|Felting. He did not like this part as much.|
After we felted soap we sorted laundry. Sorting laundry is one of Liam's household jobs and he is SO PROUD when he finishes it. I ask him to sort laundry by color. The result is many little, tiny piles of laundry: one green, one gray, one red, one orange, etc.. Then we combine the piles as appropriate. It is very sweet.
I would like to note that as you can see by the laundry my child really does not wear footed fleece PJs 24/7, it only seems that way in pictures taken mostly on Saturdays. (Edited to say: these soap photos are supposed to have captions, but I can't seem to make them show up. Or fix the spacing. Sigh.)