Saturday, 5 September 2009

Amigurumi Hair Tutorial

Whilst making Rene the Wekeshi Doll the other week, I decided to take pictures of the process used to attach her hair, as in the past people have asked me how it's done. So here's a little tutorial on how it's done...


1. Insert crochet hook into one of the ‘holes’ in the dolls head, and out of another straight above it


2. Fold a piece of yarn in half and loop it over the hook


3. Pull the yarn through the holes, but not all the way through


4. Pull your yarn over the hook and pull through the loop


5. One strand done!


That's how I attach the strands of yarn to make the hair, and this is how I build it up...


I usually start with the hair line, so that way all you have to do is fill in the space


Start at the bottom of the hair line, round the back. In the first few rows I usually just apply hair strands to every other hole, and also every other row of holes too. It looks abit sparse, but it gets thicker as you go on, I promise!


When you get to the crown of the head, or where the fringe outline is in line with the rows you’ve just been doing, you’ll need to start applying hair strands to every stitch in every row. This way the hair will be nice and thick on top and cover the scalp


This is what it looks like after one complete row round. Continue for the rest of the head




And you’re done! Now you can either cut the hair to any style you like, tie it up in a pony tail or bunches etc, or leave it as it is.

I hope that was a useful tutorial! It's a time consuming method of attaching ami's hair, but I find it's the best way to get an even covering. Plus the hair stays in place really well.

Let me know if you have any questions about the process, I'm always happy to help!

Thankies!

40 comments:

  1. YES, THANKS! Now all I need to do is either figure out how to curl it, or get some boucle or crazy type yarn to resemble curls or waves.

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    1. an easy way to get cute yarn waves is to just crochet the colour you want to use, maybe just crochet in the round for a while like you're starting a doll, leave it for a little then pull it all back out. bam! curly yarn that you can cut and use to make hair

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  2. Aaaa, curls are causing me problems too! I still haven't figured them out! Let me know if you have any luck!! :D

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  3. I'm thinking we could get some kinky yarn, but it wouldn't really "curl," just give a different texture. And I know we shouldn't use the curling iron on acrylic. :b

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  4. Thanks Kailee! And you're right Mochaxlight; curling irons would be baaaad on acrylic lol!

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  5. Ohhh, the smell. Can you imagine? :b

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  6. Thanks for this - will hopefully put it to good use in the New Year!

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  7. mind you, i havent done this with acrylic yarn, but to curl embroidery thread for worry doll hair, you can wrap it around a toothpick and leave it for a while. perhaps wrapping the yarn around a pencil or something of similar size for a few days would make curls. steaming it with the iron held a couple inches away from the yarn should help to set it, as well.

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  8. That's a great tip! I might have to try that! Thanks! :D

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  9. cool thanks! i got my doll's hair curled because i took the yarn out of an old blanket and it was already curled. :)

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  10. You can curl acrylic yarn before you add it to the doll or whatever by winding it around a metal knitting needle or other utensil, tie off the end, then lay the needles over a casserole dish and heat the needles in a low heat (200 degrees or lower) in your oven.

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  11. Thanks for that tip! It won't make it smell, will it? And will it unfurl as you pull it through the stitches as you attach? :\

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  12. Another way to make the yarn curl is to to splice it. it is thinner but it comes out very curly just cut the desired length and divide it with your fingers. and pull. it comes in thin spirals.

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  14. Thanks for all the tips about curly hair!

    Viagra! Lol!! XD

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  15. wow! Thank you for sharing it`s so useful!

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  16. to curl hair maybe you could try to wrap each piece of yarn around a pencil, wet it down then let it dry. maybe it will stay in loops. But i dont know because ive never tried it. :D

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing, it was super helpful!!

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  18. I don't work with acrylic thread - I use DMC stranded cotton, but I guess the principles would be the same. The best way I've found to get curly hair is to wrap a long strand around either a skewer, a knitting needle or a pencil - knitting needles are good, because they come in various thicknesses. Wrap the thread around evenly and tightly, so that the rows are all bunched up next to each other, then tie or tape the end. Wet the thread thoroughly under the tap, then squeeze excess water out and leave to dry. When you take the thread off, it should slide off in a tight spiral which you can clip into lengths and put in exactly as this tutorial shows.

    One note - if you only make one spiral, all the hair will curl in the same direction, so they will curl away from the face on one side, and towards the face on the other side (any girls who curl their hair will know what I'm talking about). I haven't tried this yet, but I assume if you curled two lengths, wrapping the second in the opposite direction on a separate knitting needle/pencil etc, you would be able to get a slightly more natural curling effect.

    This method works really well for me - you can get gentle curls if you use a large pencil and take it off when still slightly damp, ringlets if you dry it completely and try not to handle it too much, or very crazy curls if you mess up the hair and separate the strands. I've tried various methods for my Harry Potter amigurumi - and blieve me, I needed to get it pretty curly to make an amigurumi Hermione! (Bellatrix is the one with the crazy hair...)

    Hermione:
    http://honouraryweasley.deviantart.com/art/Amigurumi-Hermione-Granger-and-Crookshanks-289738610

    http://honouraryweasley.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d4si3a2

    Bellatrix:
    http://honouraryweasley.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4smbtn

    http://honouraryweasley.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4smbxb

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  19. So cool!

    i might make a blythe hat then add hair on to it to make a wig!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    Zalia xxx

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  20. I use that technique almost everytime - the only thing I don't like is that the hair is too "poofy"
    Anyways, I linked to that tutorial on my blog :D

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  21. Thank you so much for this tutorial :) It really helped a lot when I made my Hulk doll :) You can check it out here: http://crowpod.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/crochet-cat-is-back/. thanks so much! It was a big help :)

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  22. I like! I would love to make myself a Marceline doll!

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  23. Hmm. How do you feel this method compares to stitching on hair?

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  24. Thank you very much for your tutorial! I can`t wait to experience it in week-end! Your amigurumi dolls are absolutly wonderful!

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  25. I've been doing this wrong for a while then... Thanks for the tip so now I can repair this doll i was working on... Thanks your a big help

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  26. I've been doing this wrong for a while then... Thanks for the tip so now I can repair this doll i was working on... Thanks your a big help

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  28. You are wonderful! I have been wondering how in the world I was going to make this work! <3.

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  29. I was just wondering what Wekeshi means, and btw this is a very helpful tutorial owo thank you!

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  30. To get curly hair you can always just single crochet a 6x6 square wet it and leave it for a couple of days to dry when you go to unravel it it is " curly" and it stays that way ive used it before works great!

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  31. cool tutorial, I will definately try this, I was also thinking that if you made the top of the head he same colour as the hair (instead of all skin color) it would help to bend better.

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  32. Ahh thank you so much for this. I'm making my first amigurumi doll and the hair pattern/idea that came with the doll pattern, I couldn't do so I was scrambling! I don't have a sewing machine and thats what it told me to use XD

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