Little by little we're going to make this guy!

Little by little we’re going to make this guy!

I want to start with excuses–why it’s taking me so long to make my scarecrow. First of all, it’s faster to make one if you don’t have to write about making it. Second excuse, I spent a large chunk of my errand time on Saturday trying to find raffia that wasn’t completely desiccated-looking (hmph, I thought that word had two Ss and one C, but I was wrong). Third, I had to rewrite my “Houndstooth Check on the Loomette” blog post. Where is the rewrite? you ask. Don’t ask. It’ll be here . . . (I wrote it on index cards as I wove.)

OK, excuses out of the way.

HEADS UP

Tip on making the head: make sure there are tails at each corner so you can cinch (gather) the square more easily.

Working in the ends AFTER the square is off the loom--a thing I hoped I'd never have to do again. Still, not so bad for only one square.

Working in the ends AFTER the square is off the loom–a thing I hoped I’d never have to do again. Still, not so bad for only one square.

Then, wrap your head around this:

I used a 12" bamboo skewer for an armature. Not sure if it's long enough--we shall see! I have four tails on the square for the head, one going in each weaving direction. I was able to do this by changing colors at Cr3 and leaving long tails, then weaving the Cr1 tail across to Cr2 and the Cr4 tail down to Cr2--two tails at opposite corners.

I used a 12″ bamboo skewer for an armature. Not sure if it’s long enough–we shall see!
I have four tails on the square for the head, one going in each weaving direction. I was able to do this by changing colors at Cr3 and leaving long tails, then weaving the Cr1 tail across to Cr2 and the Cr4 tail down to Cr2–two tails at opposite corners.

I decided to use a “doll’s head” for my scarecrow. I wasn’t sure which size to get though. Trial and error suggests 1.75″ is too big, but 1.5″ is just right. You’ll probably need to drill a larger hole in the bottom of the head (I did) if you want to insert a stick.

1.75" head was too large. I bought these at Michaels. I was able to purchase the 1.75" head separately, so I didn't spend a lot on it. Nevertheless, it was too big. The package with 7 pieces of 1.5" heads ensures that I'll be able to make many scarecrows--well, at least seven.

1.75″ head was too large. I bought these at Michaels. I was able to purchase the 1.75″ head separately, so I didn’t spend a lot on it. Nevertheless, it was too big. The package with 7 pieces of 1.5″ heads ensures that I’ll be able to make many scarecrows–well, at least seven.

Gather the head onto the pole and stitch it in place.sam-_4317-22-paint

RAFFIA

This is a thing I have never owned before. I was aware of its existence, but wasn’t sure where to get it. As I hinted in my excuses, I went to three different stores looking for it. I finally found it at Hobby Lobby. In fact, JoAnn and Michaels both had what they called Raffia, but it looked unusable–all thick and dried out–I wanted something that looked pleasant to work with. Hobby Lobby also had a similarly desiccated-looking bundle of stuff in their floral section, but I kept roaming the store. Persistence paid off. I found this roll: 40 yards of rather nice-looking stuff for $2–half the price of the other product.

Go to Hobby Lobby's gift wrap section to find this.

Go to Hobby Lobby’s gift wrap/party decor section to find this.

 

HOUNDED BY HOUNDSTOOTH

If there’s a difficult way to do a thing, I’ll find it. Don’t know why I can’t ever seem to get this Houndstooth Check pattern to my permanent liking. Anyway, I’ve made several squares and several pages of notes and taken several photographs in the process of rebuilding, or refining, this technique. I intend to type up my notes eventually, but for now I’ll just post this photo and say, “Shirt coming. Stay tuned for PART 3.”

1/2 of the shirt.

1/2 of the shirt.

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LINKS:

Purchase the Scarecrow Pattern by Deborah Bagley of Yarnovations.
Part 1 of the Scarecrow Weave-Along.

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