Thursday, April 21, 2011

Watch Yoself (or The Art of Self-Portraiture)

Just a few helpful hints for when you wish to take a photo of yourself:

Do not do these things
  • The girls on facebook who take their photos from above know what they’re doing – the angle that the picture is taken from means that you arch your head back and stretch your neck out. It doesn’t sound particularly attractive, and I wouldn’t recommend doing that pose in the pub, but it reduces any extra chins that may be hiding around.
  • Be aware of where the camera is, and therefore how much of you is in the picture. Not doing this can lead to: missing limbs, a stupid facial expression, a shot of your favourite trackpants, or a variety of embarrassing items of the background.
  • Don’t assume that glasses make you look smarter. This is not always the case.
  • Just get somebody else to take the bloody photo.

I spent some time tonight trying to get a couple of pics of some scarves that I’ve made. I spent too long trying to get these photos.


But anyway, I’ve made some scarves for the next Made With Love market (Saturday, 7th May), and I’m so happy with them. I’ve been able to use up my admittedly large (and continually growing) fabric stash, and have even had the chance to play with buttons. Button playing is a fine pastime indeed.

They’ve got fleece sandwiched between the outer fabric and the lining, so they’re nice and toasty warm, and they button up. They can also be pulled up at the sides to hide any of those nasty extra chins lurking around (bonus!).

I had to re-teach myself how to do buttonholes, and I’m pretty excited about it all now. I remember it being a painful and lengthy process, full of curse words and sewing machine-hate. How times have changed. As far as I’m concerned now, the whole thing is a magical and wondrous process where I simply attach my buttonhole foot (note to self: always remember to change settings of machine to buttonhole. Must remember this), and watch the magic happen before my eyes. Hurrah for buttonholes!


  1. Selfies are hard to do (much like breaking up). One must be ruthless in both situations.

    Your selfies are actually kinda awesome, actually.

    I always worry that I look constipated in mine. Which I'm not. (Just in case anyone was wondering.)

  2. I think one of those has my name on it....

  3. They look great, and it's certainly getting to toasty scarf weather! Love the self portraits; there's an inherent charm in all such photography, particularly if there are odd items and peculiar expressions


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