Dread to Knit? Felted Fashions to Dress Up Your Do

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Get the dread-head look without the long-term commitment.
Dreads can be made with wool roving or unplied yarn.
Dreadfalls (aka cyberlox) are popular with the alternative Cyber fashion scene.
Get the dread-head look without the long-term commitment.

Get the dread-head look without the long-term commitment.

Photo: Krys Lefler

Step aside needle felting, here is a new use for wool roving! A recent addition to the fertile Ashevile, NC arts scene, Krys creates amazing dreadlocks by hand wet felting wool yarn & roving combined it with a variety of trims before she securely attaches them to a hairband or barrette. I was fascinated by her look while we were both shopping in an Asheville LYS, Purl’s Yarn Emporium so I introduced myself. Here’s what I discovered.

Why fiber arts? I like playing with fibers. It’s great! You can do so much! It can be sewn, can get wet, can conform to a shape and has a classic magnetism, yet can be brought to be edgy too!

What are your favorite materials to use in your crafts? Wool, synthetic hair, ribbons, cool local yarns & fibers from the western NC mountains and etsy sellers!

How did you learn your craft or art?  The dreads were a trial and error. I wanted an in on a craft that was all me and I love dreadfalls! Everyone online has their own method, but I played around and figured out the best way to wet felt the whole wool and incorporate yarns and trims... since i hand sew everything, they are secure on bands or barrettes and they take a LOT of work, but seeing them on someone like a belly dancer or rollergirl is awesome!

Other than the work you post to Etsy, what other creative endeavors are you involved in? Photography, Photoshop and sewing clothes for Blythe dolls!

Do you work another job in addition to Etsy?  I am a hairstylist that loves the funky! I dread with real hair, cut and do daring color!

Check out Krys’ dreads at her etsy store  Dreaded Kreatons

posted in: hair accessory, indie fiber artist, dreadfalls, felted wool dreads

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