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« on: May 02, 2006 05:18:06 PM »

Okie doke, a girlfriend and I had felt night, and this is the product...(I'm at work, Ignore any co-workers wandering around in the background)

The top:

The Back(with added doghair for realism!)

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006 06:21:39 PM »

those dreads look AWESOME!  i always wanted dreads, but didn't wanna wait for it, and sacrifice my straight, easy-to-maintain hair. great solution! and.. you are so pretty!!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 07:36:40 PM »

My girlfriend works a day job, so we just tied hers in for the weekend. They're pretty easy to take in and out. They've been pretty fun. Grin

We kept getting "the crease" though...is there a solution to avoid it?
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2006 04:11:42 AM »

Lookin good BambiKhantastic  Smiley

Love the colours you chose, and I'm envious that you're able to wear them to work.


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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2006 05:48:00 AM »

Great colors and finished "do", great work
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2006 10:54:35 AM »

 
They look great!

That's it I want some for myself!!! I've been think about trying them out and now I'm convinced I want some.


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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2006 11:51:19 AM »

Make sure you pick up a few movies, You'll be felting for awhile! I got my wool From
http://www.zwool.com/RetailRovings.htm
 For $15 a pound, but the spinner's board has turned up this gem:
http://www.thesheepshedstudio.com/index.html

Roving for cheap, and wool top roving for 13.50/pound pre-dyed!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2006 02:58:31 PM »

Nice work-!! I've always secretly coveted the black-white-pink combo. By creases do you mean that the felt is sort of making an indented wrinkle along the dread? It's similar to the 'bums' you get with felting beads- i think... I know if you are using merino you can keep working the crease/bum until it felts to itself and seals up... if that makes ANY sense at all. lol!

Jane Doe- Do you know what I'm talking about? I've seen your vines up close now and they are FLAWLESS!! what is it that you do to make 'em bum-free?Huh heeheehee....
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2006 07:56:33 PM »

By creases do you mean that the felt is sort of making an indented wrinkle along the dread?

Exactly...It's almost as if the thing's got a seam. And then there's all the bubblies along the dread, but I think those come from my own laziness somehow.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2006 08:03:30 PM »

months of lurking and your dreads finally made me want to comment... that is the coolest thing i've seen all day....

oh and ps. i wasnt actually stalking you UNTIL i clicked and checked out your crafts
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2006 05:54:34 AM »

Hehe you're too kind lexis.
Ah well I do have my fair share of felted bums (lol!) when it comes to spherical beads. I think artistrachelmarie seems to be the queen of bumless beads

In regards to the dreads, I go into auto-pilot when felting them so I don't really know what I do to make sure they don't appear  Undecided
My appologies, I think I've just been making them for too long.
My best advice is not to be to rough with them during the "wetting down" stage or else the wool does tend to crease.
Start slow+ light, then roll them with increasing speed + muscle.




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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2006 09:03:25 AM »

well then we're even Jane-  Wink you have a few felted bums and i have a few felted balls. BWAH! ha!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2006 10:35:55 AM »

Thanks, Nerdchelle, that's super sweet! One you start posting, you just can't stop!

So my bum is felted and my balls are uneven and lumpy? The prognosis gets worse and worse... Grin

Jane, do you soak yours or spray them? I just dumped mine in a bowl of hot, soapy water.
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2006 05:37:54 AM »

Love the color combination, especially with your hair.  Just too much fun, ENJOY!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2006 01:46:15 PM »

That is WICKED awesome.
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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2006 09:32:24 PM »

wow this is awesome. i've allways wanted dreads.

so i'm making some yarn ones, but i'm crocething them. it looks like i've braided some fake hair.

but..anyways...i can't wait till i try to make ones like yours.
any tips?
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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2006 09:54:02 PM »

Jane doe is the master, but I'll give you my advice: Buy a ton of roving (around a pound for a full head) get it in white and kool-aid dye. Unless you want black. Buy that. I went to Zeilinger Wool Co. their black felted up great. The white was a little lumpy.

Rope a friend into it. Get a stack of movies. We worked for six hours for two full heads of hair. then you can take turns tying them into the hair. Smiley

Here's the beat-all-end-all tute for dreads: http://www.angelfire.com/freak2/rovingtutorial/

Make sure you use a big enough bucket andkeep changing the water to make it hot. We just used dish soap. I wasn't sure what else to use.

The untouted glory of wet felting? Super-smooth, exfoliated hands.
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2006 08:26:12 PM »

Wow, I had dreads when I was a teenager.  I wish that I knew about felting back then! haha
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