I wanted to share the needle felting technique I used to give my dolls their unique look.
I tied a few strands with some torn rag strips on this doll.
This is about 2 oz of mohair wool, and it arrives washed, and ready to separate.
Some of the strands are longer than others. I use the shorter ones for bangs, and filling in any bare spots. You can also lengthen some of the strands sometimes by twisting the fibers together, and pulling gently on the ends.
I usually use a 38 gauge triangle point (medium coarse), and it works fine.
BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THESE NEEDLES-THEY ARE VERY SHARP
Just grab a hank of hair, and pay attention to which direction it grew on the animal, and start poking the end which was attached to the animal into the fabric.
Depending on the kind of wool, I jab about 1/8 inch apart on each piece of hair, and give it a gentle tug to make sure it's attached.
One wrong jab and you can cut your finger.
I like to start at the front of the head, and continue across the front, and then turn that section that is finished,upside down, toward the face, and add the next row behind this. Continue until you are satisfied with the amount of hair.
Here is a view of the back of the head once I finished felting the hair in place. You'll notice I do not paint the area where the hair will hide the fabric, it makes the fabric too stiff, and may break your needle. I have had that happen.
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