I think I’ve done it!
Wow, what a challenge creating a braid in fabric, but I think I’ve finally done it.
One down, one to go.
I’m going to have to be very careful to make sure the second braid is cut so that it looks like it “belongs” with the first braid. There is a lot of color variation in the fabric I’m using and it really shows way more than than I thought it would if it’s not done right… learned that the hard way. I’m going to have to make careful visual comparisons to get it right. Time to take a break before tackling that.
Maybe I’ll work on that luscious piece of purple linen I bought last week. Hmm…
Trying Something Different
I’m in an art mode at the moment and even before finishing up the detail on Our Lady of China, I had sketched out my next project… another Byzantine saint. I’ve done lots of hair before, but never braids. Creating braids in a fabric medium is going to be an interesting challenge, I’m sure. Adding to that, the braids are blond and finding just the right color is usually a bit problematic… it can’t be too yellow or too orangey or too gray, etc. So it was off to Fabric Depot for a couple of hours of roaming through the hundreds and hundreds of bolts of fabric looking for the perfect piece which may or may not exist.
Here are the two I found. I am hoping the one of the left will work, because the color is right, although the zigzag design may be too prominent… it’s impossible to know without cutting it up and trying it. Designs change so much after cutting and re-assembly… sometimes with wonderful results and sometimes disappointingly so. The one on the left is a bit darker than I really wanted… more light brown than blond really, but the texture is perfect for hair, so we shall see.
Wish me luck. 🙂