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« on: July 03, 2010 12:02:05 PM »

I am really fascinated by these skirts that my friend found on etsy.


I am really tempted to email the woman who makes them to see if she'll tell me what she uses for the bottom hoop. She says in the description that "The hoop is made of a very flexible material that won't kink and bounces right back into shape - allowing you to maneuver in crowded rooms or small spaces." Before I try to get someone to give out their trade secrets...

Any clues as to what it might be made of??

Here's a link to her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/poofskirts she's got some cool ones!
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010 12:41:23 PM »

It could just be a plastic or rubber tubing which they have wrapped wool around to give it its colour, that would explain the regaining shape

« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010 01:00:58 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010 01:23:44 PM »

Im going to guess plastic boning.  It comes in different 'weights' (some stiffer than others) and it bounces back into shape, and doesnt twist. 

It looks like she makes some sort of belt, and then a bigger circle of the boning (if thats what it is), and then ties the pom-poms in between (they have pop-poms with holes in them like beads), and then wrap up the bottom boning with yarn to hide where the pom-pom strings are tied, and to cover it (b/c its ugly white-ish plastic). 

Using those materials, you could make one really cheap. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010 01:39:34 PM »

i vote for rubber tubing (wrapped in yarn).

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010 01:52:15 PM »

I was also going to say plastic boning. As posted by leighi, it comes in different weights, and it also comes in a fabric sleeve, usually black or white, so all you'd need to do is fasten the ends together to form your hoop. If you look on the costume supply making website, you can also buy hoops for hoop skirts, which I don't know as much about, I've just seen them when shoping for steel boning.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010 02:01:54 PM »

Hoops for skirts won't "allow you to maneuver through a crowded room

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010 03:01:07 PM »

A giant pipe cleaner!?!  I don't know if those are even available.  Smiley

LOL yes that is what it looks like isn't it!?!

Cool, I was looking at this thinking the skirt wouldn't be hard to make if I just knew what on earth that hoop is made of.

So, if the answer is rubber/plastic tubing is it this latex or vinyl stuff http://www.omega.com/toc_asp/subsectionsc.asp?book=Green&subsection=L10&flag=1&flag=1 which seems to be actually a medical supply.

Or what about this stuff http://www.lowes.com/pd_44215-1029-MLT-B30_4294822036+4294821404+5003698_4294937087?productId=1086985 which is cheaper
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2010 06:28:03 PM »

If you click the pictures to make them larger, the tubes are wrapped with chenille stems. I'd guess clear tubing perhaps.

Taking a closer look at one of the other skirts ... the hoops seems to be silver/metallic. hmmm not sure what that could be.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2010 07:22:48 PM »

I have used this type of stuff before. I made thread catchers using it. They use it for corsets. Forgot what its called. Ill find out for you if you want?
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