Here's the last of my crocheted samples.Yeah, that octopus has a ton of arms, what of it?
For Round Two of this level of experimentation, Meg and I dipped the pieces in slip without pre-soaking them first, and then put them in already made little cups.Meg also threw a bowl for my second version of the mandala to drape in there. I painted more slip on top of that.
So how did they come out?
This one has pretty much lost its shit altogether after the photo was taken, really. And after breaking an edge off of another piece unexpectedly, I am being VERY careful about touching them. I glazed everything but the big nice bowl (I'm afraid to mess with it) to see how that comes out.
Oh, and this is a totally random thing I made after using some of Meg's experimental drippy swirly bits.
Continued from here.
So I thought this was going well. This week we made a few more pieces to try out:
I made a mandala and Meg made a bowl to drape it into, and she made a mandala and draped it over a flat piece she made. She also did a knitting sample and put it into a shell, and I dumped my scrumble into...well, it's kinda the top of a fairy house, I guess? But we'll probably never know because...
On Tuesday, I saw last week's pieces in the kiln. Most of them looked great or good, except for Meg's angel, which had crumbled entirely. We guessed it was due to starch being in it or something.
Apparently yarn + clay slip is too thin and breaks. It was suggested that we either (a) quit doing this, or (b) start dunking them in so much clay you can't see the yarn details, which kinda seems like defeating the purpose.
Back to the drawing board...? Or Meg doing more tests....something? She said she saw that someone managed this online...wonder what they did.
So I'm taking a sculpture class that's VERY experimental. For example, this is from the first night of class-- we were to stamp a motif all over the clay and then drape it over something. Mine... broke a lot. Oh well.
Anyway, the instructor got the idea for me to knit/crochet some pieces out of a natural fiber--cotton in this case-- and then we'd try to turn them into something ceramic. Uh, somehow.
First one is basically a knitting sampler, the second and third are scrumbles (random bits of crochet), and the fourth is a crocheted mandala. Here's what they look like dry.
Then the teacher (Meg) had me learn how to make paper clay--kind of a mashup of newspaper and clay slip-- and after soaking my pieces in water for about an hour, soaked them in the clay. I draped the scrumbles on a flat block, the knitted sampler on a bowl (with newspaper propping up the middle), and the mandala eventually ended up in a bowl with a foam donut holding up the middle.
Meg had a crocheted angel that she dipped and propped up with newspaper in the middle, but I didn't get a shot of it before the dip.
A week-ish later after drying, they look like this:
I'm surprised the mandala (which I am trying to turn into a bowl) actually stayed that stiff. They've been put out to be bisqued....we'll see how that works, or if it does. Meanwhile, Meg is having me make more to do another attempt at a bowl--she'll throw one and we'll drape another mandala in or on it or something. I guess? We'll see this coming week.
Otherwise known as "Hawaiian Sweater #1," because I've decided to do a second one that's....well, requires less explanation to folks. But more on that later.
After finishing sewing the sweater together and seeing how huge the neckline came out, I realized that I'd need to add some more coverage to it before I sewed on a bunch of crocheted leis. So I did some 1x1 ribbing around the neck for 3.5 inches, i.e. the width of 4 leis.Then I sewed them on around the neck.
Front and back before sewing it on.
I did the neckline deliberately huge because I plan on putting four flower leis (the last thing I have to add) around the neck, somehow. But it seems....kinda huge right now. I had to pin it on the mannequin for the photo just to stay on.
Still need to come up with some adjustments.
1. Don't bother doing a write-up of the goat--nobody reads it. Also, ironing on fabric is a pain in the ass to execute. Not doing that again in future sweaters.
2. People love a sweater that lights up even if they can't tell what's on it.
3. Seriously, even Christmas experts here haven't heard of the goat (okay, one guy).
4. The goat stayed alive this year!
Front, back, sleeves. I did write "Numbah One Day Of Christmas" on the front and sewed on a few shells. I'm debating finding some fish beads or something. And what else to put on it, lei-wise. And if I want to try to put lights into this one or not--at this point I'm leaning towards no because it's got enough, but people have liked the lights on the last sweater.
So I have a friend who's really into paper crafting, and she takes these classes in stamping/card making pretty frequently. I finally went along when I had a free night. I used to do stamping back in the 90's or so, but I wasn't super good at actually getting the ink onto the stamps (seriously, I know that sounds dumb, but it took a lot of shoving on the stamp at the time). Then one of my aunts got into stamping and had mandatory "must buy stamps" parties and ah.... it kinda stopped being fun any more after that.
Well, hoo boy, has stamping technology CHANGED. They have SNAIL adhesive. There are glue dots. There's embossing, fancy hole punches, sponges, really nice stamp pads that you barely have to touch in order to get inked, a giant pad that cleans your stamp on one side and dries it on the other (so nice, you have no idea), tiny jewels, glitter, twine, buttons, these tiny little sticky pads you can use to make things 3-D.... It makes the whole process very easy to make something this complicated, I'll put it that way.
So now I have a few cards for Christmas and birthdays (too bad the winter birthdays for folks I know just happened...maybe they can have one late?). I am not much of a card person, but Mom and Monica (the other papercrafter I know) will be pleased on the Christmas ones, at least.
The missionaries are finally done. They look like a bunch of little Mormon guys because I figured that would be most recognizeable as missionaries (so far, nobody thinks so though). Perhaps they should be a cancan line on the back of the sweater.
On to the hula girls and then that's all the numbers.
I don't think I've talked about this on here, but while I was knitting the main body of the pieces for the Gavle Goat sweater, and while I was in Hawaii for Christmas last year, I started pondering making a Hawaiian Christmas sweater. (And a hat. Now I'm pondering making more since I got actual Hawaiian Christmas fabric while I was there.) I have water in garter stitch at the bottom, then beach for a few inches, and then blue sky for the top.
I have been debating pretty much all year long whether or not to do some kind of Hawaiian Santa on it, or if I wanted to try doing a sweater based on Numbah One Day Of Christmas, the Hawaiian pidgin version of 12 Days. Santa would be a lot easier. Numbah One would be much more awesome...but leads to problems of "how does one make poi? Or missionaries?" Hence why I have been pondering it for a year, eh? I finally decided to cave in and go for the hardest one, because I clearly wanted to do that one best and was just trying to talk myself into doing something easier.
I have managed to find probably about 80% of patterns/images on Ravelry that can cover most of this, including stuff like squid (lotsa squid) and shrimp and other weird shit. But I got the idea to maybe do finger puppets or gingerbread men as a basis for the people-related ones like missionaries and hula lessons. I've finished the mynah bird in the papaya tree and coconuts in a palm tree and am currently working on the squid.
The real debate at this point (besides when I'll finish it, I am shooting for the end of the month but not expecting it to be done by Christmas) is whether or not I will put ALL of the numbered items on there or just one of every example. Because fitting eleven missionaries and twelve televisions is going to be a pain in the ass and sweaters are only so big and all that. I do plan on decorating around the front and back and even the sleeves, so I'll have more room, but that's still a lot of stuff.
I kind of wish I had the room to put the text of the song on the sweater like I did on Gavle Goat, but I don't think I'll do that this time--there won't be room for that shiz, I think. Ah well, I'll just have to explain it to people then.
What is the Gavle Goat? Read and laugh here.
Approximate steps to making it:
Here's shots on the mannequin:
In 1966, someone in the town of Gävle (pronounced "yeah-vleh"), Sweden, got the idea to make a giant traditional Swedish Yule Goat every December and erect it in the town square. On New Year's Eve, someone set it on fire. This has led to an over 40 years long tradition of burning or otherwise destroying the goat approximately every other year or so (even years seem to be likely). Sometimes it's burned right after it’s built, sometimes it gets burned before they finish it, and sometimes they just get stolen. For the record, the town of Gävle does not want to actually burn the goat. They would like to not have to remake the goat every year, or sometimes twice a year--they would like to save it for later. At this point, two different organizations are erecting goats, because they need backup. It costs around $30,000 American dollars to erect one goat.
Every year the Swedes insist on putting up the goat, though they do attempt to make them less flammable. This isn’t going so well, as techniques such as freezing the goat with water don’t actually work. The Swedes especially don't like the fireproof solution that turns the goat brown, because that makes it less pretty.
People are paid to guard the goat--firemen, police, hired guard, volunteers, taxis, the Home Guard, an infantry regiment at one point.... but that doesn't always prevent burning. Heck, people will run out in the middle of a heavy blizzard to burn the goat. Once money to pay the guards runs out, the goat usually ends up burning.
There is a fence around the goat, but it's not exactly the world's most badass fence. Because the Swedes like things to be pretty, the fence is rather small and easily jumped over. Putting webcams on it doesn't prevent burning, but does lead to several helpful flaming goat videos on the Internet. As for catching the burners, it very rarely happens. In 40+ years, only four burners have been caught at it, and so far none of them have paid for the damages.
Of COURSE people take bets on the goat's survival.
Goats have been run over by a car, kicked to pieces, and thrown in the river. The webcams have been hacked. One year some guys tried to bribe a guard to look the other way while they attempted to grab the goat with a helicopter and haul it to Stockholm. Four men burned the goat in 2012, got tattoos commemorating the event, and posted pictures of them along with an anonymous confession on the Internet…and they still weren’t caught.
This sweater is to commemorate the burning of 2005, in which a guy dressed up as Santa and another guy dressed up as a gingerbread man showed up with crossbows and shot a flaming arrow into the goat, burning it down. Not only were these guys not caught, they were featured on Sweden's version of the "Most Wanted" TV program.
I'm thinking of doing a series of ugly holiday sweaters. Next up: Hawaiian....