Friday, April 25, 2008

Meet Lark - More than just a head

Darling Lark is the tutorial head. She is a 13" Moonchild Waldorf doll and she's hanging out in my Etsy shop while she is waiting for her new family to find her. Lark loves to garden but is disinclined to do any weeding. She is just as happy with dandelions as she is with daffodils. She is happily studying French and working on her handwork skills. She has an uncanny eye for color.

Lark is sharing a room with Sparrow. While Sparrow is a bit younger than Lark, she is almost a head taller. Sparrow is a daydreamer and has a little trouble staying focused on one activity at a time. She tends to leave a trail of unfinished projects in her wake. She loves homemade yogurt and board books. Sparrow is certain her new family will find her soon. Sparrow has moved to Australia. She has high hopes of learning to throw a boomerang.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Oh Be Still My Heart!

Sage Pixie gave me (us) the most wonderful recipe for a delicious light brown dye using Kool Aid. This is a hair color I get loads of requests for and now I can create it in my own kitchen. This is a sample using 2 packs of Grape Kool Aid and 2 packs of Orange Kool Aid and 1 oz of mohair. I love love love the results.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Doll Hair and other mysteries

As many Waldorf doll makers know, doll hair can be a real pain. Not just the actual making of the wig, but getting the yarn to begin with. There are a few wholesale sources out there. They supply a nice quality yarn in a wide range of colors. There have been long stretches of time when certain colors or styles just aren't available. What to do? It can be tricky to say the least. The doll makers that also sell supplies probably feel it the most.
So my new plan.....dye my own. No long waiting periods from the manufacturer. No need to buy way more than I need. More color choices. More work. More fun.

This is my first "real dye job" A deep chestnut brown.

I have used Lemonade Kool Aid for blonde hair and it works great! But Kool Aid doesn't come in a Sandy Brown or a decent Brunette. I can, though, mix up an awesome Mossy Green. The secret....1 pack of orange to 4-5 packs of lime.
There are so many ways to put a head of hair on a doll. I use just a few of them. Actually this is the technique I use the most. I crochet a cap and loop hair in. For the short hair dolls, I usually just make loops while I am crocheting and then cut them after the wig is sewn on. Dolls that have a brushed mohair wig sometimes get an additional piece that looks like parted hair. This is nice for doll that will end up with pig tails. Like this one:

More on hair later.