Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Pre-raphaelite? Un-raveled!


Please do not be alarmed! (although I fully realise how bloomin alarming these images are!) Simon and I have been enjoying the pre-raphalite programme on the BBC. It's a bit cheeky and is heavily laden with maidens with lovely wavy hair. Simon has been particularly taken with it and was wondering how such locks might be achieved......(spot the moment where I should have kept my mouth shut!) stupidly I told him about when Mum used to put my hair in rags. I agreed to let Simon have a go on my hair on Friday night and after much twisting and a night of not sleeping on a bunch of knots this was the result......a cross between 'Side show Bob' and Tracey Beaker. Thankfully it all washed out back to my usual blissfully lank style on Sunday morning. You'd have thought a 'lady' of my years would have known better!
I did venture out to Deal on Saturday, even with the rediculous mop and was glad I did. The very fluffy wool was just £1.20 a ball in the Deal wool shop and will make brilliant corsages.
I've also been getting more lovely stash sent to me. (obviously don't tell Simon!) Meplusmolly was having a de-stash from her blog and I was lucky enough to scoop some treasure. Thank you so much Kirsty, the stamps are in the post. The organza is a particularly lucky addition to my hoard as I have been collecting ideas and materials for a layered mineral piece for a little while now. I had thought I'd need to work this on soluble fabric but have now decided to embellish onto a pre-felt. Any advice on how to make up a pre-felt gratefully received! I have plenty of tops but want to be sure of what I'm doing before I get all wet and soapy!
Mum has also surprised me with a cute package of felt and beads, I have already started cutting from this and will show you the results when the recipients have seen them first- there I go again international woman of mystery!
I have made a July pay day Folksy purchase. My sister in law gave me some money when she came down for the 'do'. She very kindly said that I should have a treat for all my hard work (bless!) and I have bought this lovely wool from spinmerightround. It is gorgeous and it's time for me to ask for guidance again. I would like to knit a shawl type light wrap affair. I am a competent but not ambitious knitter and am easily bored and distracted so any advice as to what type of pattern to go for would be gratefully received. don't forget about the knitted cake book giveaway closing on Friday just leave a comment on the relevant post with your favourite cake- I think you'll be in with a good chance! have also had some positive responses to the Kent meet-up idea. It looks like the 30th of August would be the first available weekend for us. I do hope that might be a go-er for you guys?


















10 comments:

Purple and Paisley said...

giggle - i can just picture simon doing your hair! i think it's adorable and you are too cute...☺

Jude said...

My grandmother used to rag my hair every weekend in the 60's. I loved it!!

Wanda said...

You are a brave woman...I would never let my husband do anything to my hair...I would have Princess Leah buns if I did (and my hair isn't even long anymore..it would be multi-colored yarn). I still haven't been able to finish the one last thing, but I'm going to mail what I have for now. I am sorry. I hope you like what I did get/make. :)

Griffin said...

Umm, surely the answer to a husband's 'Oh go on let me do your hair.' - is 'Ok, and then I get to have my wicked way with yours... and I do mean wicked.'

Actually you could dye it red and go with the Lizzie Siddal look... which is straight and long! Tho' if Simon calls you 'Guggums' as Rossetti did Lizzie that would be grounds for a fiendish and terrible revenge!

For actual Pre-Raph pix, (I love their stuff, it's wot got me into art history) have a look at www.artmagick.com and there are also pomes there from the Victorian age.

Pomona said...

30th looks OK for me. I always wanted Pre-Raphaelite hair and had a perm like that when I was a teenager. Unfortunately it did not wash out!

Pomona x

BLONDEDESIGN said...

How funny love the hair!!, just wished my Husband had it in him to do my hair! I wouldn't care how it turned out, Kx

niftyknits said...

I used to do teh rag thing many years ago. sleeping is overrated.

dottybird said...

Hello Smasher,

I used to do the rag rollered pre-raphaelite look when I had really long hair that fell to my waist!sleeping on the knots was agony and the end result didn't last long..any how would you like to come along to my studio and do some pre-felting sometime soon??? e-mail me or maybe I'll give you a buzz...take care missus.

Fabric Nation said...

tee hee! Love the hair. I used to do the same attemptimg to turn my very straight fine hair into curly tresses! I used to put it into tiny plaits and spent about half the next day looking like crystal tips!

JuliaB said...

Hi Jenny! I can't beleive i've missed a programme/series about pre-raphelites. Humph!!! Is it still on? x