Hector Bray in his taxidermy, arts, vintage toys,
antiques and curios shop… he has just returned from a trip to deliver some
pieces to London, where he saw the Marcel Duchamp at the Tate, and also enjoyed
browsing round the boutiques in Notting Hill. He has acquired some rather nice
plaster casts of
some ancient skulls he is about to mount and put out
It ended up being something of a nightmare to work...the fabric I chose to use ( it was some old canvas-denim style material I've had knocking about for a long time) was way too thick and stiff to get a needle through for hand sewing, let alone detailed embroidery. I ended up having to leave the design as a very simple outline as I almost punctured my thimble many times even to do this much on there. Then the clasps I had originally found were out of stock, so I had to use these reproduction ones...although by the time I got to that stage I was rather disheartened !!
Nevertheless...it fits well, and I still like the design...and I think with the kind of skirt and blouse shown top right it will suggest the folk costume reasonably well :o)
This is my third latch hook rug...the smallest of the three...and made to use up all my stocks of wool I've collected over the years to hopefully make more space in my work room! I used to do weaving and needlepoint as a teenager, and did a few textiles modules at college, so you collect up a lot of odds and ends. Most of it is 100% wool Axminster and Wilton waste thrums I used to pick up for £1 a huge bag from our local fabric shop, but there's bits of old knitting wool and a little wool tweed cloth as well so the surface is quite interesting.
Of course once I was underway I needed a few extra bits to heighten the colour here and there...so got a bag of scrap ball-ends for 99p from age concern, not wool these, but they're only a fraction of the whole thing and mixed through it, so it won't matter.
here are some details...I just made the design up as I went along using bit circles of colour depending on how much I had left of anything...and dotted them about, unifying the whole thing with greens.
views of the front and the back...there are about ten thousand insertions into the canvas...all cut, blended, hooked in, tightened and trimmed by hand individually...so it took me about 2 to 3 weeks to complete it. It's quite therapeutic...although my hands did ache a bit towards the end!
...the finished thing...
Is like a wooly garden beneath your toes in front of the fire! :o)
My first attempt at a traditional Staithes style bonnet is complete!! Quite pleased but might make the back sun-flap a little longer in another version. This is bigger than the old one I bought, but am still not sure it's as large or 'full' as some of the ones I've seen in other FMS photos.
Interesting side-point...there's a long running argument about whether the bonnet was tied under the chin or backwards to the nape of the neck. I've tied mine to the back which many say is how it was done...but you can clearly see in all the photos of Mrs Ann Scarth, as shown in this one here, that she always fastened her bonnet in a bow under her chin!
Mk1 bonnet...am making the first out of calico given to me by Maddi to work out how they are constructed...mine will have a bow...
basic shapes cut out...2 large 'D' shapes, one folded up to make a double layer through which channels are sewn to carry the cording, and a drawstring to form the shape. Along the back of the cording is a ruffled strip and a large decorative bow sewn onto the back.
I've chosen to hand sew the whole of this one as I was learning and trying things out all along, so needed to be able to adjust and unpick at times...but many of the bonnets were made partly on the sewing machine which would speed things up considerably! MkII will be.
As a Piscean and long-time lover of all watery things, this is a return to the Sea. Inspired by a wonderful documentary on the sighting of a Giant Squid by a Japanese Naturalist Tsunemi Kubodera, I began reading about the myth of Toyotama-hime, and created this sensual shape shifting self-portrait as the princess on her Selkie-like return to her sea-home.