Wednesday, November 17, 2010

wool ropes and coils

wool coils spontaneous head band
I'm loving the process of coiling woolen ropes into spirals. I started playing with these a few weeks ago using the same technique I used with newspaper for these, but with thread vs. glue.  One day I took a couple of spirals and cinched them (with a few stitches) to a ring of wool I was using to hold my hair back. My new favorite headband was born... and out of total spontaneity and with quite a bit of wonkiness. The funny thing is that it's receiving an embarrassing amount of attention. So simple, but something about it has made multiple people stop and comment... including folks in the waiting room at the dentist office and in line at the grocery store! I know it doesn't look like much, but I believe those wonky little spirals have something dynamic going on, and I'm planning on making bunches more for all sorts of projects.
b&w with headband
The key:  recycled felt strips by Wooly Fabulous, who just happens to make the most amazing wool creations. I just peeked into her shop, and she doesn't have any supplies in stock right now, but she does have a pdf tutorial for purchase with very clear instructions for her tried and true secret method for creating your own. Even better! I bought some of her ropes (along with this tutorial) last spring, and I'm so happy to finally be experimenting with them. And now that I'm almost to the end of my rope (ha!), I think I'll be using her tutorial for whipping up bushels of my own. Spirals won't be the only think I'm making...
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  1. Oh, I really like this! Your headband is super cute.


  2. Gorgeous headband! I can see why it is garnering so much attention. I'm going to have to give this a try. The ropes look like felted i-cord, but perhaps I should purchase the PDF so I don't waste my time with that approach if it isn't the proper way. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  3. Maya I love your headband!! I just ordered her tutorial, and in just a few minutes she sent it to me.
    I am excited to leave my office and have a new craft to try!! Oh and I sent an email to my Daughter in law I soooo want a brooch from her shop for Christmas!

  4. oh, these are fun! i'm so curious about the ropes now. ;)

  5. That stuff looks like such fun to play with! I love the headband you made and can see why you're getting stopped in the street! That little flower in the last photo is adorable too.

  6. thank you for sharing my friend...i'm loving these! missing you. stay warm.

  7. What a great headband. Love the colour. I'm off to check out Wooly Fabulous now.

  8. how cute is this!! love it...thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Maya
    I love these wooly rope things and inspired by your creation thought I would try my hand at making a headband for my daughter with the coiled rope. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't figure out how to make the ropes so neatly. So I gave in and went to Wooly Fabulous to purchase the pdf tutorial. Imagine my delight to find out that I was Odiles 1,500 customer and I am going to get a refund! I am so delighted. Thanks Maya for your inspirational tutorial. I can't wait to get roping!

  10. I've got a basket of those ropes waiting for me to play with them too! They are so PERFECT. :)



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