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Dog's hair - What do you do with it?

 
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I know spring is in the air because our Belgian Shepherd, is looking like a mangy old wolf. She's moulting heavily and all her winter under fur is coming out in great big lumps. So yesterday I gave her a good old brush, the first of many to come, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I was left with a fairly large bundle of fluffy hair and I was just wondering if any of you have use the stuff for anything other than composting or pest control. Could you use it for insulation, cushion stuffing or even knitting with it? I'd love to hear about it if you have because the next to moult will be the Pyreneen Mountain Dog and the Border Collie which means an awful lot of fluff!!






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"... or even knitting with it?"

Yes, my wife carded some of her long-haired Anatolian Shepard hair and after spinning this has knitted a few nice hats.
The link is just one I came across that discusses using dog hair in greater detail: http://www.dailycamera.com/features/ci_17396393
 
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Thanks for the link. Any pictures of your wife's hats?
 
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I spun this on a drop spindle from a friend's Akita's undercoat fluff. It can be a little fiddly because there's not much crimp and the staple length is on the short side, but the resulting yarn is very soft with a nice fluffy halo.

 
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I spread clumps around on the edges of my property so any animals are inundated with the scent. Throw some human urine around too and it's a deterrent that works to some degree.
 
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Felting is easier than spinning, so you might think about making some felt fabric and turning it into hats, slippers, or decorative objects.

 
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Roberta:

This is beautiful, I guess I am going to have to learn a new skill. So many things to do and so little time to do it! Thank you for showing me the picture. Maybe, I'll find someone nearby who knows how to spin. I would love to do something with all this lovely fluff.

Zac:

Thanks Zac, I do use it around my boundaries, I even stuff it in pocket gopher's holes, with various amount of success. I just wanted to do something a bit more creative or useful with it, or at the very least have multi functions.

Tyler:

I do like the idea of felt making, unfortunately I know nothing about it. Is there any link that shows how to do it?

Has anyone tried it for cushion stuffing? In any case, thank you for the replies , just to know the possibilities is great.
 
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There are many tutorials about wet felting, but here's one that seems pretty straightforward: https://sarastexturecrafts.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/tutorial-a-guide-to-basic-wet-felt-making/

 
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I'm not a spinner or felter, so I like the idea of putting it around the property edges because that sounds easiest to me!

For another easy idea, there are cool pictures around the web of putting dog hair in bird feeders so the birds can gather it for nesting material. Here's one from Pinterest that used a suet feeder:


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