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Time to blow your minds

Post by Quietsleeper » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:10 pm

Hey all, thought I'd pop in and let you in on one of my secrets when I make wool dreads .... I don't use hot water! Nor do I use soap! :o

I've been making wool dreads for a while now (years lols) and apart from the first few attempts I've never made dreads the 'traditional' way ... Yes, using hot water and using soap to felt dreads is the most common way to getting that pile 'o' wool to a pile 'o' dreads.

But I'm a lazy arse dread maker and I can't be doing with all that getting me wet, my clothes wet, the dogs wet .... you get the picture ... I also don't like the smell of the wool when it's wet either or the drip dry thing ... it all drives me crackers!!!! The 'trad' method also does nasty things to my hands,

So how do I do it, palm rolling against thigh, wrapping, palm rolling against thigh, wrap some more .... for me 99% of the felting process is done dry (cos I'm lazy) and I have installed dry felted dreads worn them for weeks and they have been absolutely fine

IF however I want sturdier (uber-felted) dreads then I usually bundle the dreads up and tightly pack them in a pillow case and shove them in the washing machine with my laundry ... a full cycle at 40 degrees ... when they are done I separate them if needs be and shake them from the middle to straighten em out ... leave to dry
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Re: Time to blow your minds

Post by Sashalo » Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:01 pm

I'd love to see some pics of your dreads.. do they look the same as hot water/soap made roving?

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Re: Time to blow your minds

Post by twigletstar » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:43 pm

I've never had any success felting my own roving using soap and water, if yours look that good dry felting then I'm inspired to just give that a go instead!

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Re: Time to blow your minds

Post by MrsEss » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:30 am

Sashalo wrote:I'd love to see some pics of your dreads.. do they look the same as hot water/soap made roving?

:lol: Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. They don't. Better!

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