I've recently teamed up with Danielle of Meadow Ridge Alpacas, a fellow vendor at my local farmer's market...my soaps with her alpaca fiber. I can already tell it's going to be a great partnership.
The idea of felted soaps was a new one for both of us but it seemed logical given our products. So we turned to our good friend, YouTube. After watching lots of videos, I gave it a try. It was a Goldilocks kind of project--the first one was too thick, the second was too thin, but my third, fourth, and fifth attempts were just right. It's a strange concept, the idea of turning a mass of soft fibers into a scrubby, felt washcloth attached right to the soap. But it really works!
I love the color variations of the natural alpaca fiber. But of course, I can never leave well enough alone, so my next project will be learning how to dye the fibers to add a splash of pretty color. (Because we all know prettier soap gets you cleaner.)
The market opens this week, so you can stop by my booth or Danielle's to get your own bar!