Anyone make their own hats, slippers, etc?

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  1. kesoaps

    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    I've been visiting sheepskin sites, and wondered how difficult it is to make your own sheepskin products. As I'm typing, however, I'm thinking you'd need a heavy duty machine to get through the skin. Anyone done it?
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    It's on our "To do" list, we even picked up a "Bonus" (trade name) fur machine for sheep skin. With that it should be fairly easy.
     

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    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    I figured if anyone had, it would be you and your wife, Ross! I expect to be updated on the projects that y'all will be working on!
     
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    sheep tamer former HT member

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    It's been a while, but I made a knock off
    from a pair we purchased at a festival
    for our DD when she outgrew them.

    I used it as a pattern, and made holes
    for lacing with a teeny hole punch.
    trimming the wool a bit where the seams
    overlapped to reduce bulk. I think I
    bought it from Tandy Leather...
    anyway, I used heavy thread run
    through beeswax and stitched 'em up.

    This was with a purchased tanned
    sheepskin, so it was fairly soft, and
    they turned out just darling. It was
    a bit time consuming, but I didn't
    have to invest in a heavy duty
    sewing machine and made a few
    more pairs and sold them or gave
    them as gifts. I've done some just
    the skin (wool off) and sewn them
    on my sewing machine with a
    leather needle. HTH
     
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    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Its pretty far down on the list but ya never know. We're trying to get the wool processing up and running. Need to sell a little tractor I refinished/restored, to buy a building, and in the interim I'm building another wool picker for unwashed fleece. Just got the teeth for it now to either find the infeed rollers or re-design something that will work.