I have been working hard on my craft since 2004, and I think I have a skill level that shows in my work. I am the do over queen and there are many heads without bodies to suggest that these mistakes drive me to the perfect end. The finished doll always seems to lead to the next doll, one is born out of another. This is why I love making dolls. It is the air I breathe and pretty much defines me. I am a doll maker.

This may sound strange but these bodiless heads and headless bodies speak to me. I have control over the parts and pieces individually, but the position involved in the connection is revealed at the moment the pieces touch one another for the first time. The head moves me to sew it in a certain pose, same with the hands and arms. The whole doll forms itself to be expressive according to its idea of itself.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

They Changed Who They Are......................


So what has seemed like weeks has buzzed by me and my three doll heads. They had a totally different look in their beginning, but the passing time changed them and me.

I tried this and I tried that and well now I think I found their look. My first attempt at hair was with the twisted dyed fabric, but I was not happy with the look. They came out looking like men, which to me is never a good thing, no offense, but I like girl dolls.

My solution was to switch over to dyed tw
ine. After dipping the twine into fabric stiffener, I wrapped it around a dowel. (Always remember to cover the dowel with vaseline so the twine will release once it has dried.) The results are lots of wavy curls.


My twine had been bundled and tied together so I have a central spot to sew onto the head. Started from front to back and just fluffed the hair up as I went.



She's pretty, Huh? She will get a hair cut and style, and she will be a knockout and definitely not a dude.........................................


8 comments:

Diana said...

What a great idea...I love that tip TY!! I will surely give that a try soon :)

Sue said...

Nat, the curled twine hair is great! I actually like it the way it is pre-cut and style LOL.

Sugar Donkey Dolls said...

She looks fantastic. How pliable is the hair once you style it?

Sonia ;) said...

that is a great tidbit of how too.

Smiles,

Sonia;)

Kimberly said...

Your work is just AWESOME! Thanks for the sweet comment you left me on my blog ;)

Kimberly

Nat said...

Well Sugar Donkey Dolls, It is very pliable. In fact you can pull the curl out and basically put it back in with a steam iron. The more stiffener you use the harder the twine, But it is never so hard that you can't work with it by using steam.

Odddollz by Jacqui said...

She looks awesome with the curls!! What a great idea Nat, I love it!!!

HUGZ
jacqui

julie mitchell said...

No dude here!!!....thanks for the sharing the twine hair..I'm sure I'll try it out...