Tablework is created using a custom made table and bobbins with weights. The hair is woven around a form to make the desired shape. This technique requires much longer hair than the palette or sepia techniques.
This bracelet and the matching earrings were made by Nancy Robertson using the Table Work Technique.
This was my attempt at creating something using this technique. I admire Nancy Robertson for her beautiful work as I found this form of hair art almost beyond my patience!!
Most of the hair flower wreaths were formed into a horseshoe shaped wreath that was placed on a silk or velvet background inside a frame. When memorial wreaths were made, hair was collected from the deceased and added to the wreath whenever one died. The top center of the wreath was always kept open.... ascending heavenward.
Not all flower wreaths are memorials, some contain the hair from an entire church, a school, family etc. These wreaths could get quite large in size. They were made at a time when there were few or no photos.
Hair flowers require longer hair. The hair is wound around a wire and securing it with wire to make very long lengths of looped hair. The hair is then shaped into petals or leaves and other shapes as desired.
The hair is "stitched" with a fine wire over a rod which forms a series of loops which are then formed into different flower shapes. The diameter of the rod used determines the size of the loops. Longer hair is needed for this technique.
Sepia painting is created using hair as a painting medium. It is brushed thinly on the background of choice just like paint.
Many sepia paintings are created using a combination of both the sepia technique and the palette work technique.
The sepia painting can be layered to form depth and dimension.
I find that Palette work is the most versatile of the techniques. It can make pictures and designs both large and small.
The hair art is created using a "cut and paste" technique to create most any design. The hair is cut into the shapes that are needed to create the design and then pasted together to create the form.
When it's all put together it creates the design that is desired.