Sunday, October 18, 2009
Some tips and tricks
I thought I'd share some of the tricks I've learned while making dolls.
#1. I love my disappearing ink pen.
When working with tiny bits of fabric, I find it useful to trace around the pattern, rather than pinning the pattern to the fabric, and then cutting out.
I also use it for drawing the features onto a dolls face. If I make a mistake, all I have to do is take a damp cotton swab and rub it out. I also use it for marking the placement of the wefts of hair.
#2. When turning tiny tubes of fabric, I find that a small flat head screwdriver, and a drinking straw are indispensable. I shove the straw into the inside out piece that needs to be turned, and then place the screwdriver over a bit of the fabric, shoving it into the straw. This technique is excellent for turning fingers and spaghetti straps or sashes.
#3. A pet brush is perfect for brushing out yarn for doll's hair. It will make acrylic yarn look like mohair.
#4. I use scrap printer paper to weft rows of hair. I cut the paper into 1 inch strips, and then place a bundle of yarn over one layer of paper, and then another layer of paper on top of that. Then using the smallest stitch on my sewing machine, I sew over the top of the paper. The strips pull away easily because they've been perforated by the needle.
I'll share more as I think of it.