My lil fluffball Pablo is an adorable toy poodle with a really oddball personality. With him turning 10 years old (70 years old in dog years) this year I wanted to have a lil memento. His usual hair appointment was approaching and a light bulb lit. I Googled dog fur bracelet and found a website that specializes in creating horse hair bracelets as well as dog fur. The bad part was that horse hair and the dog fur used were long smooth, straight strands and well a poodle’s hair (as it is called) is curly. I was inspired and took on the challenge starting with researching spindle techniques.
With the bag of his hair in short strands it was going to be difficult. No spindle and lazy to create a diy drop spindle I fluked it. Following the plate technique I gathered his hair into a bunch and then rolled the piece together forming dreadlock-like pieces. I needed 3 to plait into a bracelet. It was not that simple a task, joints between the pieces were weak so it was a whole lot of patch and roll. I then dyed the pieces diluting the dye in hot water and squeezing off the excess color followed by washing and disinfecting them before leaving it to dry. The result left a pastel hue of pink and blue while keeping the last strand his natural hair color. Following the 3-strand plait I finished it off by wrapping gold threads and weaving it through the plait. Doubled the gold string for a little more sparkle. Add a crab claw hook and loop and it’s ready to wear.
A lil doggy memento to add to an arm-party!