Yay! along with finishing the knit, I have finished installing my mermaids’ hair!
Here’s the hair at about the halfway point. I usually start at the outermost hairline, go all the way around and then fill in the rest and lastly pay special attention to the part area. Just to be sure there is enough for splitting the part at the end of it all.
Here she is with all of her hair though it hasn’t been smoothed yet. I will also be styling and embellishing her hair before I’m done, but here she is with hair….
I wish I had hair like this Lol!
I haven’t boil set her hair and I may not so until I decide she’s hangin’ out with a silver ribbon headband to keep her hair flat while I work on her tail.
Her tail will have an inner structure to accommodate a pole type stand. I want her to be able to be taken off of her stand and be at least somewhat poseable in her tail. There are some logistics to consider…
The outer visible tail is a silk thread hand bead knit. It’s a little tricky I must say and I sure hope it does what I want it to do, because I rather like the look of it so far… My choice of tail material is part of what necessitates a reasonably stable inner structure to her tail. I suppose I could just do a straight stuffed tail with a pretty fin on the end, but really where is the fun in that?
This is me choosing beads for her…
and sorting them into hue value families…
and lastly for today, here is a photo of the tail knit. I chose to knit in wonderful, if not occasionally annoying, pale sea moss green silk thread that I bought from a family of silk embroiderers, who do the most beautiful silk embroidery that I have ever seen. I must find a link to them and post….
I chose to knit because I think in this context the stitches look somewhat like fine scales and the beads will add sparkle, texture and glints of colour like the sun does off of the surface of the water….
I had to rewrap the silk thread though, as it comes in a coil which becomes astonishingly tangled in almost no time at all! (I will ALWAYS rewrap now before I start something with silk thread!)
I know this long and rambling and that is because I will be away from my computer for several days as of the weekend and won’t be able to post :o(
If I’ve anything to report I will update the moment I am back to my machine!