Knotwork for Dreads

Friday, May 29, 2009
I found gorgeous dread beads - $7.95USD a bead. Expensive if you're after beads to squish lumps or kinks into your dreads instead of serving the role of fashion accessory.

While on my pursuit of the perfect barefoot sandal, I came across macrame ones instead of beaded jewellery ones. The knotwork looked really awesome so I set out to give it a go. From there, I got the brilliant idea to knot up some dread beads!

Here are some of my early attempts making dread beads using sisal twine;

It gets better. I came across some stiff coloured hemp cord to make knotwork dread beads and this is the result;

Getting the knotwork ends to join up without breaking the pattern is tricky. I am still working on a technique for finishing off the dread bead.

Some of my early attempts at knotting dread beads left hard lumpy bits inside the rim, making it hard to slide it up dreads. And it just isn't asethetically pleasing to have those lumpy bits on the outside and visible! The red and brown wooden dread bead above is one of my better ones.

Making Barefoot Sandals

Friday, May 22, 2009
I am not a shoe wearing fan and prefer to go barefoot.

However, nearly missing a plane because I had forgotten to take my one pair of sandals with me led me to wonder ways around it. It was ridiculous to make it onto the plane, huffing and puffing, wearing tacky airport thongs, to see people TAKING THEIR SHOES OFF. Apparently you can't board without shoes, but once on they don't seem to have an issue with bare feet!

I saw someone with foot jewellery and at first glance, I thought they had some funky designed sandals on, and with another look I realised they were barefoot! Those ones below are similiar to what I saw;

I'm not really interested in beading jewellery and whatnot, but I came across macrame knotwork and I fell in love. My first attempt at knotwork was making barefoot sandals from sisal twine and coarse hemp twine that came across in the hardware section of the grocery shops.

This evolved into dread bead making using macrame knotwork and when I got better hemp, I made this;

My limitation at the moment is supplies. I am on the lookout for beads, soft and stiff hemp cord as well as black elastic cord.
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