I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
I have been busy setting up my second gallery show, not to mention ahem, finishing something for it. And doing the writeups for it, etc., etc. etc. And my sweater went to the State Fair and is now also in the gallery show.
Well, now everything's up and photographed, so hopefully I can find some dang time to upload everything! But in the meantime, here's a preview :)
So as previously mentioned, I want to enter something in the state fair. I eventually decided just to enter the guitar sweater, as the other two seemed a little less than totally perfect/not fancy enough up close and personal. I've been freaking out trying to take photographs that fit their requirements for it, because I am NOT a good portfolio photographer--as you've probably figured out already. I had to retake and retake them because after the fact I'd notice things like they weren't quite flat enough or even enough or hanging off the mannequin in interesting ways or the light was off....Ugh!
So last night I finally did my online entry, paid my $10, and then it said I was supposed to upload my photos...and then the webpage did not work for that. It's not due until Friday, but I was worrying anyway and started e-mailing people asking how to do it.
I heard back from the lady in charge, who essentially said that never mind, the booklet was confusing, most people don't actually have to upload a photo in the registration process. Um...okay, I guess?
You probably won't believe it since I'm posting a bunch of stuff this last week (including some posts I had saved as drafts and didn't notice they hadn't gone up yet), but I am having issues finishing my big sweater projects. I've finished the basic sweater for the two Christmas sweaters and I've almost entirely finished the guitar sweater, except I found a few boo-boos where I was off on the pattern on the front and I'm trying to figure out if I can fudge them after the fact or not...which is awkward.
What I need to do--and soon--is to fix and finish and sew up the guitar sweater. And get to workin' on those decorations for the Christmas sweaters, except I don't really know what else I am going to do on them and have to make those bits up entirely from scratch. Somehow when I get home at night I'm not sitting around trying to figure them out, I'm diddling about on other projects that aren't suitable for showing in a show. I don't know why I'm chickening out like this, but it's bothering me.
I went to a workshop in which everyone had ten minutes to design some random card(s) for an oracle deck. I don't know what happened to the photographs of my other two cards (less impressive), but these are three of the ones I drew for it. I'm told they can go to print in a few weeks, which is pretty impressive for DIY sites.
So, I have decided that I will make a holiday sweater, EVEN IF it will definitely not be done by Christmas. I have decided to make a sweater about the Gavle goat, specifically commemorating the picturesque burning of the goat in 2005 by Santa and a gingerbread man with flaming crossbows. BECAUSE HOW CAN I RESIST?
Just to keep track of the things I want to do on this sweater, I'm going to make a checklist.
My thinking on this is that it will be some kind of basic sweater pattern--either crocheted or knitted. Crocheting would be faster and would provide more holes in the sweater for design purposes, and I did dig up a couple of crochet patterns...but I'm not sure if they'll be TOO holey. So we'll see. Because I am not super good at fair isle stuff, I think I will make designs that will be sewn onto the sweater later.
On the back of the sweater....well, I think this is gonna need an explanation. So I have written up an explanation of the goat, complete with "before and after" pics. I have some of that paper where you can print it out and then iron it onto fabric around still (left over from this project), and then I think I will iron it onto some fabric and then hand or machine sew the fabric onto the back of the sweater.
On the front of the sweater...I'm debating knitting/crocheting a Santa and gingerbread man, or possibly felting them because I know someone who is making felted ornament-type things this year and they looked adorable. She said she was using cookie cutters and having a hard time finding tiny ones, and then I proceeded to find some tiny ones, so...that's an option. I also found some pasable flat knitted patterns that might work too? It may depend on the sizing of how these things come out, as the cookie cutters are about maybe 1.5 inches high or so. The goat needs to be pretty big by comparison.
I can't find much in the way of goats that are online...I found one stuffed goat pattern but it doesn't look quite right...I think I may have to just make up my own, somehow. I've decided to make one as a present/ornament thing for the friend that I was going on to this project about in great detail--as well as her Swedish-speaking mom-- and she was all, "Don't use straw, that'll be too messy." True, though I wish I could just get one of the little goats from IKEA and attach it on. I can't find any I can get ahold of IRL, though.
The fire will be felted on. I think I will need to knit a feltable backdrop for the piece and then sew on or felt the decorations to it, since I could not find enough feltable yarn in a holiday color at ye olde Joann's at the time of shopping.
The assignment was to copy the photocopy of some Islamic art by blocking out the rough shapes in big color blocks and then painting the details in acrylic over them. I really like this one and wish I'd had more time to finish it.