Friday, February 22, 2013

The ever Evolving hand display

HI! Again,
Here is what I decided to do: I needled down a pieces of wool yarn. I like it. I may add to it. But for now it is what it is.


Beads and yarny stuff,

The Evolution of a Hand display

HI! Everyone!
Here is the hand display after wetting it lightly putting in Dewman's (my hubby) Isotoner glove, wetting the glove lightly, then tossing it in the dryer for 40 minutes.
I think it needs decoration. I don't want to detract from whatever I am displaying for photographing but, it needs something; beads, or needlefelted vines or something. Suggestions are appreciated and considered.

Beady things,

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Making of a Hand display

Yesterday was "make a hand display" day for rings and bracelets. I started by tracing my hand on a piece of paper. Transfering that to freezer paper, ironing that to the muslin cloth, then stitching around the outline. I cut out the hand and turned it right side out and stuffed it. This is how much stuffing it took to stuff that one hand!

I felt the hand was too small. My ring had at least 1/4" space on the ring finger. So, I made another pattern. Prepped it in the same way as the other one and stuffed it. I put a wire armature in this one so I could pose the fingers. I did a little needlesculpting to define the knuckles and palm. I put red nails on it with a colored pencil. I put a few knuckle lines with a special brown pen I use on dolls.

The second one is too big and not as refined as I would like. I would need to remake it with more precision. The other hand in that picture is the first cloth hand I made that was on the small side. I added wool roving to it by needlefelting it onto the cloth hand, layer by layer. It is good but still not as smooth as  I would like. I am sondering if I should glue black velvet to it. Hmmmmm. Yes I did think of just making the hand out of black velvet but..... I got a better shaped hand by needlefelting the cloth hand with the wool roving. I have made legs for dolls with silk velvet but hands are a whole other animal. Hard enough with muslin.


I could spray some hot water on the wool and try wet felting it a little bit to get rid of all the fuzz.
My adventure into making a display hand. Interesting and close to what I want. I still need to refine it though. I could needlefelt some vines and designs on it. again....Hmmmm. I will spend some time this afternoon needling it some more to get it smoother.