If you have been wondering why your lys is sold out of some of your favorite bulkies in the beginning of July, this may be the reason and surprisingly not what you might expect. Currently, there are more than four hundred summer music festivals spread throughout Europe and North America. Offering every type of open air sound from hip hop to jazz, these popular festivals are accompanied by indie craft fairs, and a fashion scene that is an evolving culture all its own showcasing one of the most striking trends to come along- wool dreads. These are long felted hair extensions that are y-e-s………. made from our quickly evaporating into thin air bulky yarns and rovings. While this woolly hairdo has become extremely popular with the goth crowd and indie fairies, (hide your stash) it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet certainly worth admiring for the artistic beauty and creativity.
Wool dreads can be wet-felted from rovings or pre-spun wools and attached directly to the hair (shown above) or created individually as decorative hairfalls which easily clip onto the hair (shown below).
Often embellished with beads, feathers, and miniature silk flowers, more examples of wool dreads can be seen here on Pinterest with links to tutorials on creating your very own with these bulkies from our current collection-
Malabrigo has a treasure chest full of big wools that will create gorgeous dreads, in either the wet felting method or clip on style. Aquarella (shown above) and Gruesa both offer handspun texture as well as artfully hand-dyed colouring to blend well with any hair colour. Rasta has a smoother texture with a rich colour palette in solids and semis, while Nube is pure unspun merino in rovings.