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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: hand-felted hand-dyed wool roving dreadlocks 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
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / hand-felted hand-dyed wool roving dreadlocks 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
13  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Re: Hoosiers? on: October 03, 2004 01:44:13 PM
There's a handful of us craftsters down at IU in Bloomington.  Any other B-towners?

Also in Bloomington. Hallo! Grin
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: making grandma proud: naughty embroidered pincushions on: August 04, 2004 04:37:53 PM
I bought my husband a subversive stiitching kit because for reasons unknown to even him he can cross stitch.


and he said...."but can we really hang it on the wall when we are done? what are people going to say?"
I said "we can just point to the sign"

I think the kits are good for people just learning to sew, but as you can see, it's pretty simple to come up with creative dirty-dirty on your own. Smiley

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: making grandma proud: naughty embroidered pincushions on: August 02, 2004 08:09:14 AM
Those are really cool Smiley I'd make the second one but I live with my parents and I don't think they're really the type to appreciate that kind of humour Cheesy

My mom's down with the "dork" ones but the swear words get to her too. <3
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / making grandma proud: naughty embroidered pincushions on: August 01, 2004 09:40:59 PM
I was sick and tired of "nice" needlepoint and decided to turn what I learned from Girl Scouts into an easy yet adorable project.

Aha! Very nice! Very versatile! Very useful for all those dropped straightpins that always find their way deep into my carpet.

And for those angsty, gloomy days when the machine won't sew straight.

One for the computer nerd.

And a coin purse, fully lined and with a zipper, done in nearly the same fashion.

I found this is a lovely project that only takes a short amount of time, cheap materials, and a scrap of fun fabric for the rear of the cushion. It's a nice gift for those in your life who sew or appreciate stichery, and a good way to practice your French knots.

Thank you.  Grin
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re:Falls (fake hair...yay!) on: April 20, 2004 07:03:26 PM
Anywho...  I was wondering if you can still make double ended dreads from frizzy/crimpy kinda synth hair 'cos the hair I have left over from some braids I had is really bushy stuff.

The bushier the better! I use the stuff people use to make braids, and if it's icky and ratty and gross, it'll make fine, realistic dreads. If you want smoother dreads (more stick-like and less hippiesque), you can use a higher quality type of hair, but frizzy and crimpy is a-o-k!
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re:Falls (fake hair...yay!) on: April 20, 2004 07:01:09 PM
Once again, I must send you to http://www.quinnster.co.uk . That's all the hair information you'll need. If you cannot figure out how to make hair by yourself, there are loads of wonderful places online that will sell you finished dreads or falls.
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re:Falls (fake hair...yay!) on: April 04, 2004 03:41:08 PM

There are some double ended dreads I just finished today. They just get better and better with practice!
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re:Falls (fake hair...yay!) on: April 03, 2004 03:30:36 PM
carpejugulum, your dreads are so neat and tight!  mine lost their shape almost immediatly.  What heating method did you use?

I use a Sunbeam steam iron with the steam turned all the way up, usually between the wool and cotton setting. I twist the HELL out of my dreads, and use the iron to set and seal them. Boiling also can help. I prefer the iron because I get more control.
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