One day at work not so long ago my friend EJ asked whether I knew how to make a JuJu hat. I had seen some of these marvellous creations in a number of home decor magazines but hadn’t thought about whether it would be possible to make one.
Being an ever intrepid interwebs interloper, I jumped onto Mr Google and found a few how to’s such as lovemaegan.com which has a pretty straight forward guide. Easy, I thought. I just needed to source some feathers and boom! One JuJu hat here we come.
Except sourcing strung feathers in New Zealand proved to be a tad difficult. You can get them from overseas but I would have been looking at spending $150 on feathers alone! Er, I didn’t want to explain that to The Hovis.
However, $150 compared with $650 NZD for one of these lovelies on MintSix did seem a bargain.
What’s a girl to do? Make a wool version! I found this how to on FlutterFlutter with an easy to make guide. I jumped to Spotlight in Wairau Park, selected some wool (couldn’t find exactly what I wanted but I had the JuJu bug and I…had…to…make…it…right…now.
I bought some plain off-white wool and some caramel wool for contrast (Spotlight only had 3x of the off-white balls so had no choice really) and some bright red yarn.
It was actually therapeutic cutting all those stands, I wish I could actually knit (some dodgy knit one purl one is all I can manage).
After cutting and snipping for a good few hours with my tongue hanging out the side of my mouth, here are the results.
And if you attempt to make a JuJu yourself here are a few tips:
- wool strands can be slippery little buggers so keep an eye on the uniformity of each strand
- for my red JuJu hat, because it was bigger, I was cutting strands from four balls of wool at the same time which saved more time in the process. I just made sure each of the four strands started and ended in the same place
- make sure that the bits of wool that each bunch is tied with is a good length of yarn, all important when tying the wool at the back of the cardboard
- I still found I had to give the JuJu hats a bit of a haircut at the end to make sure they looked uniform
- and if you’re making a coloured JuJu, buy cardboard in the same colour (didn’t think about that for my red one).
Mine aren’t perfect but I still love them! I want to make some more in a few different colours.
And now I just have to find a place to hang them. And I will tackle that feather JuJu hat one day…up for it EJ?