Needle Felting a Hard-Headed Doll
If you are familiar with making cloth dolls, you probably know that you can use a felting needle to root natural wool into a doll’s head.
This makes the hair look like it’s growing out of the scalp. Working with a clay doll is different because the hair has to be glued onto the head, or the doll needs to wear a wig. Here’s a technique that allows you to root hair, even if the doll is “hard-headed.”
I was working on a porcelain doll when I realized how to do this technique. Porcelain body parts are hollow… head included. I had to deal with a big hole in the doll’s head, and so I made a soft cover for it. Once the cover was in place, I realized I could root hair as I normally do with a cloth doll. The technique works on polymer clay dolls too. I may be reinventing the wheel, but I have never seen this technique recorded anywhere. I think I’ll coin it the ” Rooting Rivkah Technique.” Sis boom bah!
- quilter’s batting
- skin colored fabric
- glue that dries clear
- fine mohair (I used Alpaca)
- sewing machine
- felting needle
- red nail polish