There's been so many questions floating around this KAL about hairstyling our Babes, so I decided to take them to the author and ask for her advice. (You can write her from her retail web site www.dotpebbles.com
). She was kind enough to submit these tidbits for me to share with our members:
There are two methods I adopt for the creation of the hair:
Choose one to suit the doll you’ve made, the yarn you are using or whichever you find easier.
Method 1. This is to create a ‘hairpiece’ which is placed on the head after you’ve made it in one piece, then sewn down to the top of the head – it works particularly well with thicker yarns e.g. Rowan’s Cotton Rope, Rowan Polar yarn, Manos Del Uruguay Cotton Stria or Cottage Knits Cotton Chenille.
. Cut lengths of yarn to the desired finished hair length.
. Take one strand, this will be the foundation of the ‘hair piece’, and thread it through a knitter’s sewing needle. Then, with this foundation strand, thread through the middle, halfway along (for a centre parting) or a little to one side (for a side parting) of each subsequent length of yarn in-turn.
. When the hair is sewn up as one, (don’t bunch the lengths together, space them out along the foundation piece), place on the head and sew in place using sewing thread or matching yarn, catching in the foundation piece with the knitted stitches that run at the top and down the back of the head. You will also need to catch in a couple of the strands at the side of the head to hold the hairpiece in place.
You could also place the hairpiece with the foundation strand lying across the seam that runs along the top of the head, secure the beginning and the end of the foundation strand at the position where the ears would be, then cut a fringe at the front.
Method 2. With this method you actually sew in each piece as a hair follicle to the top of the head – sort of ‘fringing’ method. Its works well with fine yarns like mohair as described:
. Using a mohair yarn such as Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze – there are some fabulous colours in this range (also Kid Silk Night). Cut approx. 6 lengths of the yarn at a time to DOUBLE the final desired hair length.
. Bend all six strands in half then thread the fold (12 strands thick) through a knitter’s needle.
. Thread the needle through at the top seam of the head, and then as the needle emerges, pass it through the loop. Pull the loop down to the top of the head then release the needle. Do this all along what will be the hairline – from ear to ear.
. Work another row once or twice or more across the back of the head (depending on how much hair coverage is desired).
If adopting this method with other (no fine) yarns use only one strand doubled.
I have also braided three strands of yarn at a time, using double the final hair length for each plait, then sewn the braids together through the centre half as Method 1.
P.S. See example of this and the mohair method in my new knitted dolls book ‘Dream Toys’ Published Sept 06!