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« on: October 03, 2004 02:07:38 PM »

Hello, kids.

I recently took a leap into the world of making wool dreads, though I have been producing synthetic hairfalls for over a year now. I think they came out well, don't you?!

This is my friend Molly. She modeled my dreads for me at a performance of her rock n' roll bellydance troupe, Different Drummer (http://www.margaretsworld.com/dd).







I made these dreads using this easy felting tutorial: http://www.angelfire.com/freak2/rovingtutorial/
And I dip-dyed them with help from Kool-Aid and Knitty.com: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

I love the way wool dreads feel. They are light, bouncy, have a lot of movement, but are easy to wear even if you have shorter hair. I felted roughly 12 ounces of nice, soft wool roving that I got at the local yarn store, dyed the dreads following Knitty's instructions, and attached them by folding them over a piece of thin black elastic and affixing them with matching colored rubber bands. The dreads are super easy to wear: one just makes buns on top of one's head, ties the falls around the buns, knots a few dreads from each bunch together for height and coverage, and then covers one's real hair with scarves or fake flowers or goggles. I find that wool dreads offer a lot more coverage than synth ones without all of the weight. <3
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2004 03:59:30 PM »

wow Smiley coolie. i must try. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2004 12:43:05 AM »

They look awesome! Grin And I *LOVE* the colours. Do you think there's a material other than wool that might have the same effect? Maybe a high-quality synthetic?
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2004 06:04:02 AM »

Wow those are awsome! I love the belly dance site also I belly dance and am looking to start a group where I live. Do you  make long dreads also like the other girl had on?

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2004 02:26:21 PM »

They look awesome! Grin And I *LOVE* the colours. Do you think there's a material other than wool that might have the same effect? Maybe a high-quality synthetic?

I tried felting a synthetic roving, dyed a wretched turquoise blue, and the silly thing wouldn't felt. The roving just falls apart if it's not wool. The theory behind woold dreads is the same as real dreads: the rolling of the natural fibers gets them to mesh togethe. But synthetic fibers don't work like that.

Thank you for the compliment. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2004 02:26:56 PM »

Wow those are awsome! I love the belly dance site also I belly dance and am looking to start a group where I live. Do you  make long dreads also like the other girl had on?

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I do make long dreads like hers out of synthetic hair. I put up a post about it a bit ago, if you search.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2004 03:16:43 PM »

wow- spectacular
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2004 05:30:24 PM »

I am really loving the dreads. 

I think wool would make awesome, bouncy dreads.  I've got to try it.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2004 05:11:35 AM »

those are awesome
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2004 01:28:36 PM »

Beautiful! And marketable!
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