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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.

« 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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