I just noticed as I was uploading these that, lo and behold, I did the original set of housewyfs in early July of last year. So, in honor of the new craft hobby and the one-year anniversary I didn’t know about, here’s a few new ones.
I need to do a proper write-up on the housewyf page, but, for now, the short explanation of what you need to know is that she’s holding a batch of roving (carded wool) in her left hand while managing the yarn and the drop spindle in the right hand.
Now I really like how this next one turned out. I was explaining how I wanted my next loom decorated this way (carved pomegranates, grapes, etc.) and my DH said, “But you don’t have a floor loom…” Next loom, dear.
I had to put her in in a larger size; the 195-pixel width restriction on my sidebar just wasn’t showing off the details to my liking. And, finally, you get to see the housewyf’s shoes! Ever since I saw the news article on Martha Washington’s wildly fashionable purple brocade wedding shoes, I’ve wanted some. Now, I sort of have some… or, at least, Mistress Housewyf, my well-dressed alter ego has some.
And, just for your amusement, how this whole process happens:
The first thing taped to the sliding door glass (aka everyone’s favorite cheap giant light box) is the template. That’s the housewyf that sits on the left side of the blog masthead photo (you can see her quill pen showing through). Then, I tape a clean sheet over the template. In this case, I had to construct (complete with vanishing point and more perspective drawing than I thought I’d remembered) a loom, which is not a simple piece of equipment. Oh, yeah, and she had to be sitting down this time. Almost everything is drawn in pencil first, except for the torso and head, which stayed exactly the same as usual (except she’s holding a weaving shuttle, not a quill pen).
Once I’m happy with the pencil lines, I ink them. When it’s dry, I erase all over (strangely, the pencil lines come up even when they’ve been drawn over with marker). The final pencil-and-ink step is to add the calligraphy. After that, it’s ready for scanning, cropping, and resizing to fit in the sidebar. Finally, I upload it into the media library and set up the text widget, which goes into the “inactive widgets” box so I can just drag and drop it when I want to change the housewyf.