the yarn wigs on dolls is a fun and creative task in doll making.
For the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls in the photo I use 2-foot lengths of yarn threaded through a large eye metal needle.
Just use a single strand - not a double strand and no knot at the end.
Pattern: Beginning at the dollís right jaw line I work up around the face line to the left jaw line. The next arc of stitches goes in a row one quarter inch behind the front row beginning at the dollís left jaw line this time.
Continue sewing rows moving back over head and side to side. I make the hairline across the lower head even with the jaw line.
Now - hereís how to attach the locks of yarn hair
Study the photo for a minute. I work in a circle around the scalp, this shows the lowest row. I then add rows behind it to fill in the scalp.
Beginning with your long thread:
1. Take a stitch, pull it tight, leaving a 2 inch tail hanging.
2. Take the 2nd stitch and rather than pulling it tight, leave it as a 2 inch long loop.
3. Take a stitch and pull it tight. (Being careful not to pull so hard that the loop of the previous stitch is disturbed.)
4. Take a stitch and rather than pulling it tight, leave it as a 2 inch long loop.
5. Take a stitch and pull it tight. (Being careful not to pull so hard that the loop of the previous stitch is disturbed.)
Continue repeating the sequence of alternating one loose loop with one tight stitch.
Believe me, it holds up - my grandkids play with their dolls and their hair is still holding on tightly!
I like to use both acrylic and worsted wool. The dolls in the photo have acrylic wigs. Be sure your choice is washable, though! Enjoy your doll making projects!
Article and photo credits Susan Kramer
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