Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yarn Tail Tutorial

With permission to post from Chinburd - for the instructions and photos

A photo montage of about 4 evening's worth of work towards a commissioned grey cat tail.

After wearing for multiple hours, the fur that contacts your body most consistently begins to flatten down.

Expect to have twigs and branches snare in your tail if you make it overly long! Bring the wire bristle brush with you to game if you think that'll bother you.

The materials!
- 3 colours of bulky yarn,
- zip ties
- web belt
- 2ft length of chain - preferably metal
- scissors
- wire bristle brush - fine wired cat or dog brush works well
- patience












 
I think one of my favourite perks about this tail is that there's the potential for it to be vegan! I have a wool allergy, and I used 100% acrylic yarn.

 Throughout construction, you're going to want to be able to keep the tail taut. I used a lanyard and a zip tie to change the length. I would sometimes loop the tie over my big toe and go from there, but it's also possible to use a coat hanger + doorknob :)
Cut the yarn into 10 inch lengths (length can vary, depending on how much FOOF you want. You'll lose about 2 inches in the combing process)




 I've started laying out the markings. This is a striped kitty tail, so I've designated approximately where the bands of black and grey will be, as well as having indicated the bottom links where the pale underside will be.



Taa daa! There's the underside.




Starting to show the alternating markings. 



It's starting to look pretty good, right? If you like this look, you could probably stop here.




If you want a smooth, fluffy look, this step is very important (and time intensive): unravel every piece of yarn. Every piece.
If you don't, your tail will look less foofy, and more like dreads.
If you WANT dreads, then by all means! They also look awesome!



TAA DAA, YOUR TAIL IS DONE
o wait
That's just the fibre that's combed out.


(Kiera-Oona's side note:  If you know someone who will take the recycled floof you comb out, you can always give it to them as acrylic stuffing, or to use as spinning fiber for their next yarn batch)  


Here it is! Stripey kitty tail that moves and swings!
I use nylon web belts and a zip tie to fasten the tail to them. These belts are thin and adjustable, and you can wear them under your clothing to make the tail look like it's actually attached to you

Kiera-Oona:  Thanks again Chinburd, for such an awesome tutorial!

 Kiera-Oona's Tips:

A note or two about the chain tails.  After making one ourselves (me and my hubby that is), be sure to pick out a lightweight chain. Especially if you have a few back issues.  Secondly, my hubby's tail has been larp tested, but we noticed it picks up alot of leaves and such, but we might have found a remedy for this.  The potential remedy is 'leave in hair conditioner'  It helps keep it silky, it doesn't take more floof out of the tail when you brush it after you apply the hair conditioner. It also makes brushing out leaves and dirt a lot easier.

Update 2.0

If you want to make a tail that is noticeably lighter, braid a chunky centre of yarn to work with as your base instead of a chain.  You can knot it at the top and bottom and use a clip, or macreme a loop for a belt at the top of your tail.

10 comments:

Juls987 said...

Whoaaa that looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

so after i untwine the wool do i comb it then? or before?

Alex R said...

What kind of leave-in conditioner did you use?

Kiera-Oona said...

In response to Alex R, I have been using Garnier Fructis double care leave in conditioner. However I tend to thin it down a bit so it goes a bit further.

For my other posters, Im sorry I didnt get back to you earlier, but you want to untwine, then brush

Jon Neumann said...

How do you attach the yarn to the chain? Sorry, it was rather difficult to discern from the pictures, do you just tie it to the chain? If so, do you tie the yarn in clumps or singularly or something else? Thank you for your time
-Jon

Jon Neumann said...
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Kiera-Oona said...

I generally tie them on one at a time, but you could probably get away with 2-3 yarn pieces at a time

Jon Neumann said...

Ah, thank you! And sorry for the double comment, not sure what my computer was doing..

Kiera-Oona said...

that's ok, sometimes the internet double posts from time to time.

Kiera-Oona said...

you tie them in from the middle. make sure the ends of the yarn are even when you tie them on

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