Sunday, April 17, 2016

Another Baboon

This past week, I crocheted a new baboon. This time, I used very coarse wool, produced by Bedouin women in the Negev Desert. Traditionally, the wool is used for rug weaving, but I decided to give it a try in crocheting.
It has many advantages, since it is very strong and stable, and in the sculptural crochet technique I use, it easily holds a 3D shape, even on a larger scale. This wool is thicker than the other types of yarn I usually work with, so I get the large shapes much more quickly as well, and most of all –  I like this wool's crude appearance.
There is one major disadvantage to using it in crochet work: It is thick and stiff, so it requires much more effort of the hand muscles, which causes some pain. It became much more difficult when I had to crochet the smaller parts, such as the fingers, and I had to take increasingly longer breaks between crocheting each finger.
As I was eager to get on with the work and see my baboon fighting the tigers, I was looking for an immediate solution, and it was right in front of me – I always have some discarded fabric bands on my desk, which I use in my wrapping technique, so I just wrapped the crochet hook until it was so thick that I didn't have to bend my hand while holding it. I can't say that it solved all the problems, but it was much more comfortable to crochet that way.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My Baboon

I love to share photos from my desktop, of my works in progress, since I assume that when working with textile, the process can be just as interesting as the final results. For me, it feels like a journey of some sort, as hooks and yarns go through the form which is being designed by them at the same time.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Regarding Creature Identity

I told you about these creatures several months ago. Yesterday they embarked on an outdoor adventure, so I had an opportunity to take more photos of them, while they put on and took off their clothes and accessories. I think they were trying to get some answers regarding their identities. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Trio

 These photos depict the process of creating these three creatures and their heads/masks. It was a long process, but now, and it even feels a little bit strange to say it, they are finally done, and I am so thrilled to share these photos with you.