My First poppet was born in November 2007 , and at that time I had trouble with the hair (shown here)http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=105918;sa=showPosts;start=230
as a result her second photo shoot with her poppet left her without hairhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195129.msg2197234#msg2197234
after reading through this thread I was both happy and sad to realize that I was not alone, but I knew there had to be a better and faster way to accomplish this
I recently completed my third poppet featured on page 1051 and really liked the hair much better than my first poppets, but I still struggled with the methods I used and felt it was too fussy and time consuming, and while I am usually a patient person who lives to craft,lol, some methods just seem to frustrate me,This last time I used the book and tape method as I didn't have any freezer paper and unfortunately the tape won, for a little while,
At a recent trip to JoAnn fabrics I came across this book:
Doll Fashionistas: Beautiful Dolls and Ultra-cool Fashions You Create With Needle and Thread by Ellen Lumpkin Brown
in there she created a loom for making hair wefts, that turned out to really good with just a two step process: wrap and sew
I was inspired to create my own loom based loosely on her idea
I made this loom out of regular corrugated cardboard and an Axacto knife with a sharp blade
using packing tape I sealed the two edges running vertical to the sewing guide to aid in removing the yarn from the loom after sewing, just make sure you save the guide piece you cut out you will need it during the wrapping process
The finished loom, simple, huh?
to use: replaced the sewing guide piece so you have a solid piece of cardboard,this will keep you from bending the cardboard as you wrap, ensuring your wefts are the same length as when you started wrapping, Begin by first tying your yarn around loom as shown about 1/2" down from the top of the sewing guide (held as shown in the first diagram)
start wrapping the yarn firmly but not tightly until you get to the bottom of the loom and tie your yarn at one edge of the loom
carefully slide out the sewing guide piece to sew your weft begin at the closed end of the sewing guide and sew in the sewing guide channel to the open end of the guide
after sewing your weft this is what it will look like
carefully remove the yarn from the loom
fold weft in half at thread line and sewing 1/4" from your folded edge
The finished weft measures 6"-
you can vary the fullness of your wefts by varying how closely you wrap the yarn- closer together will result in thicker hair, a little space between your hair will be thinner, allow the yarn you use and the look your after to decide how to wrap
if you desire longer or shorter hair you can make a larger or smaller loom just make sure your sewing guide is 1" wide to accommodate your sewing foot
with this method I wrapped and sewed my hair weft in less than 5 minutes
I hope this helps anyone who has struggled with hair, If you have any questions feel free to ask, I'd only be too happy to help
Teag- this is a great idea! I will totally be making looms now! Wrapping the yarn is what takes me the longest and then you have to cut it... this is a much shorter step and will save the freezer paper for the actual poppet!
Oh kay I have been gone for a while and I just love all the new poppet and I am so in love with the lion I want one.
I just need to rant for a minute so you dont have to read i just need to get things out. I have 3 poppets cut out sewn and partly stuffed for like a month now and I cant even touch them because I have been costuming Murder mystery trains. I am so tired I have to finish 4 outfits including 2 outfits that have jacket that are all 40s style for saturday evening and I have been sewing for several days now. Not to mentions that the past 4 show that are about every other week I have had at least one or two costumes to make for several months now. Then my good friend needed two costumes for spirit week at school but didnt get me the fabric till 2 days ahead of time. The other director and his wife (my dad and mom) who act with me are ablivious to all the work and money this takes. I just want to poppet already I am bursting with ideas and I want to make some for my daughter.
Sorry just ignore me I am just tired and needed to vent sorry everyone.
But for real I want that lion. How did you figure the pattern out?
Awh that stinks. Personally in the future I'd set a deadline for when people can give you the fabric. If they don't do it by then you need t put your foot down and say no. People won't respect a seamstress who just does everything whenever and won't understand the time involved otherwise.
They'll continue to think that if they wait till the last minute you can whip something up and while you might be able to that's disrespectful for you and will hurt your friendship with them in the future.
Also if you didn't this time you should charge something to make it worth your while.
I made my friends costume this year and she had to spend the entire time I was working on it keeping me company. And she made lunch while I was working. So it doens't have to be actual money you charge, charge them in time or dinner or something. If they don't show then do nothing.
It sounds harsh but it will make your life so much easier! and then you will have time to poppet!
and when you finish anything make sure to take some pictures and post so we can see. No matter what you do if you do your best on it you will have something to be proud of.