The AGM did bring some like-minded members together to show what can be made from wool, be it needle felted, wet felted or the new method of Nuno felting.
On show were some examples of these crafts. One of our members brought along a huge array of animals (including 3 of which she had purchased to show what can be achieved), she also had made Christmas decorations, woolly hats and much more.
I took some of my dreadlocks along which can be made in all sorts of styles, colours and sizes. I had an assortment of various combinations such as Hebridean/Ouessant, Ouessant/alpaca, Romney/alpaca.
You can have long dreads, short lumpy bumpy ones, thick or thin ones and apparently it is ‘Cool’ to have beads, brass coloured bands squeezed around the dreads and other ornaments as you may wish, fancy feathers et cetera. It’s even interesting looking up how dreadlocks started. Think it was a sort of ‘man thing’ even back in those times.
You can look up on YouTube to see how these dreads are made
and the needle felting which can produce wonderful pictures and 3-D items such as animals, fruit and other objects all by basically pushing needle with barbs through some fabric and wet felting, again lots of demos are on the Internet working with hot water and hands then there is new nuno felting which I will explain in more detail when I have finished the one day course next week, so sheep do you have other interests if you don’t mind harvesting and processing their winter coats.
This is a dreadlock half made, the thick part is yet to be rolled.
Above (on the blue background) are the Ouessant dreads with decorations, to the left on the purple tissue are the Romney sheep/pale alpaca wool Wedding dreads with dainty ornaments
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Author: The Crafty Shepherdess