Wednesday, November 17, 2010
wool ropes and coils
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.
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...