Once the wool has been soaked and rinsed, soaked and rinsed, soaked and rinsed, until your back is achin' and your arms are ready to fall off, put in on a rack to dry. I used a piece of netting stretched and clamped onto some large empty plastic storage containers.
It takes a mighty long time for wool to dry. Much longer than I thought. During those days the wool must be checked and turned daily. Once the wool is dry, I store it in an old pillowcase so it can breathe. Yes, I know it's not technically alive, but it still must have access to the air!
Next step is carding. I bought myself some wonderful hand cards for my birthday, and it's a good sitting down workout to take the washed wool and comb it into oh so soft fluffy mini batts.
Wala! But alas, we are not done yet. Many such mini batts must be carded.
Once I've carded enough to fill a scrapbooking box, (apparently JoAnn's does not sell "icelandic lambswool mini-batts" boxes) I then needle felt a rectangular flat bit, which is decorated with some of this incredibly soft merino roving that I picked up from New England Felting Supply.
Now we are finally getting to the "that" part. I take the loosely needled and decorated wool fabric and wrap it tightly around a lovely, sweet smelling bar of natural soap. To this I add some very hot water and a lot of elbow grease to magically transform the raw icelandic lambswool into:
Wooly Soap!!!!! Hurray!
A luxurious bar of soft lambswool wrapped soap. The wool will continue to shrink as the soap is used up, all the while providing a soft natural exfoliation that cannot be found with a cotton terrycloth washcloth. That's it this week from Woolydom! Have a wonderful 7 days.