My apologies to those of you who stop by on a regular basis, looking to see/read something new. Admittedly, I have been "MIA" again... seems to be the norm these days. That's partially because I have been trying very hard to be "good" and spend the majority of my work days "offline" as it were.
As you can see from the pictures below I have been keeping busy and am trying my hand at something new (to me) "spun cotton", not "new" to the general public by any means. The first pic is of some basic torsos, arms and legs (still in progress) and another pics of some pieces that are almost ready to paint.
From what I know, which is very little ~ spun cotton is an old world craft. There is not a lot of information available to be found online about making spun cotton pieces. I am aware that there is an online class available, though I haven't had the inclination to take this class because it looks like it focuses on cotton batting vs. spun and/or wrapped cotton pieces.
Trial and error may not be the best way to go, BUT I firmly believe that by trying a new craft for yourself, and perhaps failing (in my humble opinion) is indeed the best way to learn any new skill. Trust me.... when I tried my hand at spun cotton last year, I couldn't get anything to hold its shape. It has been a learning process to say the least... it's tricky, time consuming, FUN and seriously addicting!
I am truly in awe of the talent of artists like Crystal Hanehan of Vintage by Crystal, Marie Patterson of Marie Patterson Studio, Flora Thompson of Bone Head Studio and Maria Pahl's of Mr. Crow's Garden. These ladies make what I consider to be "top notch" pieces of spun cotton art... so you should pop by their sites and see what I'm talking about for yourself.