I can't keep myself away from the hairwork for too long. Every time I try to make myself sew, the hair beckons from across the room...Kristen...braid me...Okay. The hair isn't actually talking to me, but I'm still getting used to the idea that I am keeping what was once part of a living human being. Before I play with the hair, I wanted to practice gimping again:
This time I had an easier time of pulling the thread off the needle. I also tried a leaf with the blue thread. The yellow turned out better as well. Most of the twirls were more even compared to my first try. I even added a little pearl bead, but it still looks rather sad. I shall have to keep practicing! Next, I decided to play with the (haunted) hair.
I pulled out my tools
I carefully globbed on my gum arabic
I then cut it in two
Now a little more gum to press it together
A basic braid!
A very quick attempt at weaving
For next time, I will remember to make the pieces even smaller, since they are easier to manage that way. Overall I would say this practice has been very educational. At this point I am just playing, getting a feel for the materials and the process. I have so many books, but now it's time to actually just try it!
I am also excited to see that others in my area are starting to research hairwork. This is a slow process, though I am working on several projects at the same time. I already have at least one interest in a brooch order, so I must keep practicing! In the meantime, here are my goals for this week:
1. Finish covering my parasol.
2. Attach the other sleeve to the mourning dress.
3. Practice 1 round of hair gimping.