Sunday, April 22, 2012

DIY Felt Dread Falls Tutorial.

Back in 2009 I blogged about wanting to try my hand at making dread falls. I had done the research and purchased some purple, brown and lime wool roving with the plan to make some.

Fast forward 3 years and I still hadn't made them until I randomly decided to make some using some wool roving a friend bought me to go with a needle felting kit.

During the last school holidays Moo and I added dread falls to our hair. This is how my hair looked part way through the process of adding them.

Below I put together the steps I took to make my dread falls and how I put then in... No use making them and not showing them off.

This is wool roving (also known as silver and tops). This is how it looks like before it is spun into the wool we use to knit and crochet with.

You will need the following supplies to help make your dreads.

- Wool roving which you can purchase from most craft stores in the needle felt supply section.
- Warm water.
- Detergent. I actually used a small amount of our eco clothes washing liquid.
- Large dish to hold water.
- 2 towels
- A bright sunny day

Step 1. Make long strips of roving which should be double your own hair length by pulling the fibres apart gently.

Step 2. Pour warm water into a large bowl adding some detergent and swishing it around making some bubbles. We are not trying to make a Bubble bath though ok?!

Step 3. Place one length of roving in the large bowl of warm water and let it soak for a few minutes gyrating the water occasionally.

Step 4. Taking one end of the roving length begin to rub the wool in the palms of your hands just like making a long worm from play dough squeezing the water out as you go.

Step 5. After rubbing the wool along the entire length go back and do it again. This binds the fibres of wool together eventually resulting in a dread fall. Set these aside one at a time until you have the number of wool lengths you require.

Step 6. You are nearly finished... Place all the wool lengths together in the bowl of warm water gyrating them one last time. (You can't place all them together in Step 3. because the fibres will start joining each other and you'll end up with a big mess).

Step 7. Roll the new dread falls back and forth one at a time along the towel. This removes as much of the moisture as possible and also sets the fibres.

Step 8. Hang them on the line to dry.
Mine were dry within a few hours and ready to be put into my hair.

Now there is no use in having all these new colourful dread falls unless you know who to add them to your hair so here we go...

Grab a small section of hair dividing it in two. Find the middle of your dread fall by folding it in half and placing it at the top between the 2 sections of hair. Now all you have to do is plait the 3 sections together and tie them off.

If you are doing this by yourself it's going to take a bit of practise. I held my dread in place using my teeth as it was faster but you can ask someone to hold it in place or use a clip.

This is what you'll end up with. Half the dread plaited into the hair and the other half left as is.

Go nuts and create the perfect hair style which expressive your creativeness, colour and love of life!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

ABCD Meetup April 2012

The ABCD (Artists + Bloggers + Crafters + Designers) Meetup is the perfect chance for Australian art, design and craft bloggers to get out from behind their computers and meet face-to-face at a casual quarterly get-together.

I have been attending the Sydney meet ups organised by Steph from Bondville and Lisa from The Red Thread for the past year and it is always a treat. It's great to hear where people are at with their businesses ventures, craft and family experiences. Meeting new creatives is always inspiring and you just never know what you or they might share on the day.

One of the special things we get to come home with is the ever changing, always amazing goodie bag. So I thought while I had sometimes this morning I would share what goodies were inside. Actually I didn't have much a of a choice because the kids wanted to sit down and enjoy the cookies with some milk...

Handmade biscuit.

Jelly Bellies which Carlos has claimed.

Handmade cookie.

Cookies to enjoy with a cup of tea (or a glass of milk)

Vanilla and custard drops.

Michelle - Me & We
Handmade brooch and baggie.


Buttons of friendship bracelet made from vintage buttons and a special button tin.

Pat and Stick's Homemade ice cream co. which we ate during the evening as it would have melted in our goodie bags hehe.

Crochet/button hair pin.

Amy - Badskirt
Silk screened fabric.

Paper garland.

Handmade fabric key ring.

Gift tag and wedding card.

Screen printed fabric.

3 blank gift cards.

Little Originals.

Denise - grrl + dog
Magnet, paper/material ornament, postcard but you really must check out Denise's knitted pink hair .

Card and fabric sample.

Blank card and gift tag.

Robyn - Posh Nosh
Homemade lemon butter.

Andrea - Andrea Smith
Beautiful lion print.

Saffron - Saffron Craig
Dog softy panel from her shop.

This morning for morning tea I tried my best to quarter all the cookies. We sat outside in the sun and gobbled them all up with cups of milk and a cup of tea.

If you would like to come along to the next meet up I would head over to Facebook and like the ABCD Meetup page or you can sign up to the mailing list via Steph's blog here.

Now I am off to check out all the wonderful blogs and sites of friends would you care to join me?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Buttons of Friendship

Hello blog world.

Where have you been? I know you have been right here because I have been reading all my friends blogs which fill me with warmth and familiar faces.

So this post is for you blog land...
Something very special between a mother and daughter. Something not possible without the gift of a cookie tin filled with buttons. You know the one already... Grandmas button tin which you would delight in running your fingers though, threading and sorting all those buttons when you were tiny.

Moo went through her Greatgrandmother's button tin and pulled out 3 buttons which matched. we turned those buttons into friendship bands/anklets after finding this pin.

Not to be left out Bubble choose her own button and thread for a bracelet. I wonder if my Grandmother, who is no longer with us, ever thought that her great granddaughters would be using the buttons she rescued... I wonder if I should start a button tin of my very own to pass onto my great-grandchildren?