A couple of people have told me they had problems covering the back of their doll’s head when using my tutorial, and since I remember having the exact same problem when I first started making this kind of hair, I thought I’d clarify!
I haven’t got my original model Lina here at the moment, since she’s still hanging out at my friend Stefanie’s house, probably drinking Summer cocktails and thoroughly enjoying herself!
Fortunately, Mina offered to take her place. Thank you Mina!
The trick with getting the back of the head covered is to add enough yarn as a whole, especially at the back. Also, having more than one layer helps.
What I do is this: my first layer of yarn, spread out from the front to the back of the head, covers the doll from forehead to about halfway down the back of her head. I stitch this down in the middle, until just below the crown, bunching up the surplus yarn at the back as I stitch (because it originally went halfway down when spread out, and I’m now securing it until just below the crown, I’ve got some extra yarn). After it has been secured, I fingercomb this extra yarn down the back of the head, starting at the crown. Unfortunately, I can’t show you any pictures of this part right now, as most of my dolls-in-progress are still in boxes waiting to be unpacked! But I hope my description will be sufficient for now.
The next step is to stitch this first layer all around the head as usual, starting at the side, at eye level, making sure to gradually dip down a bit when you reach the back of the head, and up again to the other side. Like this:
And seen from the back:
This should leave you with a well covered head!
A ‘regular’ second or even third layer of yarn, stitched down just in the middle, will make it look even better.
And combed down, it’ll look like this:
I hope this helps! Please let me know if there’s anything that’s still unclear, and I’ll do my best to clarify things a bit more!
© Meike, August 2009.
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