ANDANTE is nearing completion. When I posted last, I was preparing for the front lashing to enclose the doll's head. Now to it:
I choose an antique cotton cord and design the pattern of twelve strands outside the head, and another twelve strands that go from the bottom of the cup, through it and through the hollow head, out a hole drilled in the top of the head.
All twenty-four threads in place, I can now see that these cords are too sharp for the softness I'm looking to achieve. So I switch to an antique rayon cord, slightly thicker in weight, but feathery with a high sheen. Much better. I now begin the process of creating a kumihimo braid where the cords meet at the top of the head, which will double as an attachment to lock the porcelain head tightly to the cup.
The cords arranged and ready.
The first few rounds of braiding cinch the object securely.
The spiral braid forming.
I stop every few centimetres to assess the length of the braid.
Now it has reached the point where I choose an object to 'cap' the braid. I find an exquisite star-shaped Medieval spur in my collection (not shown here), which finishes the piece.
To view ANDANTE in finished form:
To view ANDANTE along with purchasing information:
Thanks for looking, and I hope your holiday is a lovely one!