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Betty's HEAD is without a doubt the most interesting part of the vintage doll pattern I have been working on. The head is made of a butterfly-shaped "pillow" which constitutes the face, and a completely separate "head back" which is sewn on separately by hand. That way, the face is flat and can lie on Betty's shoulders, and the back of the head will be round.

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."