Looking forward to Day of the Dead!

Day of the Dead Folk Art

In anticipation of this year's Day of the Dead, I thought I'd share some fun process pictures of what went into making these hand-knit stuffed skulls!  

As some of you know, Snapdragon has a bit of split-identity because in addition to my folk-art, I also create and sell vibrant hand knit fingerless gloves, scarves, and cowls.  In my mind, all my creations are linked by their bright, playful colors and folk aesthetic, but sometimes I struggle to integrate the knitting into my brand.  

Last year, I came up with the idea to start making these plush skulls (decorative pillows, amiguri, whatever you want to call them). They presented a fun challenge to decorate. I played around with crochet (one of the very few times I've done so), silk flowers, sequin flowers, french knots, knitted flowers and leaves, geometrical knitted designs, and more, before settling on the final creations. You will notice that my corgi disapproved of the attention given to the skulls rather than her (see pict. #3).

Process picture of Day of the Dead Skull Pillows


Process picture of Day of the Dead Skull Pillows                                   

Process Picture of Day of the Dead Skull Pillows (with bonus Corgi)

 During the design process, I sometimes decided that less was more. I ended up repurposing some beaded necklaces for the eyes that have stars in them... The skulls are almost all one-of-a -kind since I won't be able to get those materials again.      

Finished Day of the Dead Skull Pillows


Finished Day of the Dead Skull Pillows

Let me know what you think!  I'm not sure if I will make more of these skulls or not, as they ended up being pretty time consuming, and since I can't seem to find the little butterflies anymore... 

Also, do you have some favorite Day of the Dead items in your personal folk art collection?  I'd love to see photos of some of your favorites! 

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