As an experiment, I did the facial features with Fine point Sharpie pens and a Pigma .oo5 black. I always use the Pigma, but this was a first with the other pens. They worked very well. Much more control than with a paintbrush.
"Where's my hair? What happened to my clothing? This is indecency in the extreme!"
You see, Parnell is from the family of Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin that wrote the "Art of the Embroiderer" in the 1770s.
She predates him by about 170 years. She was the black sheep of a large family of embroiderers in France. She wanted to strike out on her own. As soon as she hit England she anglicized the name. It was originally Pernelle de Saint-Aubin. She quickly learned to get along in the English language and was commissioned by the court as an embroiderer to several of the ladies in waiting, including Lettice...
I had to start the hair quickly. I grabbed some viscose that I bought at the mini show last year. I have never used it before, so decided to treat Nellie to fancy hair....Even though the hairstyle is quite simple.
I decided to do a very simple style because Parnell will be sweating over an embroidery frame all day and won't have time to mess with curls.
This is the simplest way to simulate a part without actually doing one. I though that those of you just starting the wigging process would like to see it.
It can also be done with mohair.
I put white glue on one side of her head from the hairline to the center line of her head. Then I spread out the hair flat and laid the end over that side of the head, with a bit of excess at the bottom back of the neck. I let that dry.
Then I applied white glue to the other side of the head. I flipped the hair back on itself and glued it down to the other side of the head, shaping the hairline as I glued.
I pulled it around to the back to meet the first side. I cut the excess off and let that part dry too.
After that, I took a piece of the excess about the thickness of a barbecue skewer and maybe 4" long. I twisted it into a rope. As I twisted, It naturally folded back on itself. That makes the bun. I glued that to the back of the head and there she is.
Tessie is sympathising with her and smoothing her ruffled feathers, so to speak.
I have to get some clothes on her quickly. She is not a happy camper at present.
As soon as I finish here, I will start sewing. The sooner I get her dressed, the sooner I can put her to work on the blackwork coverlet. Gotta run.
See you tomorrow.