Prairie Fairy….Awaiting the scalp

I had a long internal debate deciding on the hair colours. I had done her face up and then I thought to change her to a raven theme, but I figured that I would stick to my original plan. As a seller of doll hair, waiting for the hair was just a matter of the time it took to create it. I know that a Blythe reroot takes about 1.5 to 2 ounces and that there is more like 3 ounces on the photo, but I always like to have extra on hand. Better safe than sorry.

The hair is now decided on and ready and I await the scalp to arrive for my poor damaged darling. I can’t wait to get to the rerooting part.

Great hair makes everything better!
Great hair makes everything better!
Suri Alpaca Hair
Suri Alpaca Hair

If you wish for a batch of hair like the above (or any other colours) I love taking custom orders and can be contacting through my shop on Etsy at:
http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com

I’ve still got to find where I put the eyelashes that I want to use. I have some lovely thick featherly looking ones that I have been wanting to find the perfect girl for and I do think that she is it! A bit of dusting with pearl ex with make them just spectacular.

But first, before an eyelash hunt. I shall be taking apart my sewing machine. I had some wonderful suggestions from the wefixit group. I will let you all know how it turns out! fingers crossed and looking forward to the arrival of my sidewinder, either way.

Busily getting ready to sew, so that I can wait to sew

I chose my fabric and prewashed, ironed, cut out all the pieces for 9 doll dresses, ironed them all with starch (I find it easier to sew little pieces when starched:), chose my matching threads and went to load the bobbins, but my bobbin winder on my sewing machine has quit on me…arghhh!

Well, not entirely quit. It winds very, very slowly…far too loosely and makes a snarled mess of the whole bobbin. The sewing machine (it is a kenmore) works fine when the bobbin winder is forward for sewing, though.

Not knowing what to do, I contacted a doll clothes sewing group that I am a member of for help. The group is dollwearstitchers@yahoo.com They are such kind people!They told me about a sewing machine repair group (who knew!!!) that is also on yahoo. ‘wefixit’ and they told me about a wonderful thing, which it seems that everyone knows about except me, called a sidewinder!

So I joined the group and am waiting to hear back and see if they have a solution or, at least, a solution that I can do within my skill set. And, I told my Mom about the sidewinder. So, my dear sweet Mom has ordered me one. Thank you, Mom!!!

For others who have never heard of a sidewinder, I can not be the only one, it is a bobbin winder that is seperate from your machine. It is small and portable and puts the thread on the bobbins. Yay! Great idea whoever invented it! I hope that you made millions!!

So, while I wait for my sidewinder to arrive, here sits all the little dress pieces:

9 little Blythe dress ready to sew
9 little Blythe dress ready to sew

Now, I have not been ideally waiting. I have made another lovely batch of doll hair for my shop. Bay black. Gorgeous and soft hair. I love the natural dark chocolate colours that this fleece has:

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The Stellar Floss Wig is Stellar

The new J-doll wig is done! I added lots of gorgeous curls to this one and I love it! Here it is in process with me waiting for glue to dry…it seems that I have been doing that alot lately

Stellar Wig In Process Back
Stellar Wig In Process Back
Stellar Wig In Process Front
Stellar Wig In Process Front

And pictures of it finished and ready for sale in my Etsy shop at http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com

Stellar Left Side
Stellar Left Side
Stellar Front Top
Stellar Front Top
Stellar Front
Stellar Front
Stellar Right Side
Stellar Right Side
Stellar Back
Stellar Back

I am pleased with the colours and I am absolutely in love with those curls! They are made to stay, too, as they were not done with a curling iron. I used my secret formula and dried them wrapped around sewing pins and shish-kabob sticks. I plan to make more ‘curly’ wigs in the future and they are so much fun to style.

Platinum and Gold Princess Wig for Monster High is Done

I had finished it last week and have been looking forward to sharing it here. But, my customers have to come first and I have been helping a wonderful lady in China try to get her hair order which is stuck in customs. No worries, all fixed.

So without further ado, my newest Monster High suri alpaca wig available in my Etsy shop at http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com.

Top
Top
Front
Front
Side
Side
Back
Back
Side Close Up
Side Close Up

I’ve also done a new colourway in Suri. I’m very excited about this one. It reminds me of Marigolds. It is in my shop now, but, if it does not sell soon, I might have to ‘steal’ it for myself. I do have a Blythe scalp on its way for my girl 🙂

Marigold Suri 10-11 inches long
Marigold Suri 10-11 inches long

Marigold Suri Close Up
Marigold Suri Close Up

Currently, I am working on another J-Doll size wig. I am using the gray, purple, pink hair that I have already wefted.

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I’m at the glueing on the scalp stage and will share progress pictures soon!

Waiting for the Glue to Dry

I am in process on another glue based monster high wig. This time I am using some of my premium suri alpaca doll hair (just like I sell in my Etsy shop). I am feeling a bit fancy as this is absolutely lovely stuff!

I made the glue cap over the last few days and prepared and wefted the doll hair. Last night was the magically time to add the hair. I love that part! So here we are waiting for the glued on wefts to dry:

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Waiting for the glue to dry.

Doesn’t she look patient! I think that she looks rather pleased as well.

So, since I am feeling fancy using my lovely alpaca hair, I have decided to really dress up this wig. I have added a few micro braids and now am waiting for the glue to dry on them before I work further on the wig. I find that working little by little with much patience does lead to the best results. So here we are all pinned up:

Once these dry I’ll add the other braids. This will give me time to find a direction to take it from there. Part of my process is planning. But, part of my process is listening to the Muse in my mind. I do love to let inspiration talk to me in process and that can lead to whole new concepts. I will update as I work and share when I am done. I have the feeling that this will be very elaborate!

Two Different Dolls, 2 Different Wigs

Two different dolls, Two different wigs, Two different fibers, Two entirely different styles…same basic technique

One is made of my hand dyed wool and the other my own suri alpaca doll hairs. I could not resist playing with these two very different dolls and giving them each their own unique look. Both the wigs are made using the glue method. The alpaca is wefted, but the wool is attached curl by lovely curl. Both wigs are available for sale in my Etsy shop at: http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com

J-doll in asymmetrical alpaca wig side view
J-doll in asymmetrical alpaca wig side view
J-doll in asymmetrical alpaca wig front view
J-doll in asymmetrical alpaca wig front view
Clawdeen in Sunny Peach Wool Wig front view
Clawdeen in Sunny Peach Wool Wig front view
Clawdeen in Sunny Peach Wool Wig side view
Clawdeen in Sunny Peach Wool Wig side view

Recovering Blythe, Wig Wefts and the Dyed Rainbow

I got this poor damaged Blythe years back. I think I got her from ebay, but it has been so long that I can’t be sure. I have not really done much for her. She has been patiently waiting. She does have some definate challenges, though. Her head is glued shut for one. There are pry marks along the seam where someone tried to open her head. It is lucky she was not cracked. Her head seams, dome and body look like someone had tried to dye them. Apparently, it was not successful.

But, I brought her out yesterday with the determination to do something for her. It was not like I could throw a Blythe away (blasphemy!) And, I sure do not want her to remain in this sad condition forever. So, I sanded and sanded and sanded using a 1200 grit thin sponge. I wish that I had taken a before picture, but I didn’t think of it until this point, so here she is sanded:

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And, started to paint. I did not really have any plan or theme in mind, but I just went with it. I am not the best face up Artist (putting it mildly:) but it is a lot of fun. Here is the first bit. Please excuse the lighting as it was night when I took it:

painting in process
painting in process
polka dots and eyebrows
polka dots and eyebrows

So now, I have been searching through my art closet looking for my pearl-ex. I have not found it yet, but it is sure to turn up. Also, looking for eyelashes. I know that I have a gorgeous feathery black pair around here somewhere! And, I plan to get her a new scalp. Rerooting her is not a problem , since I make and sell the hair in my Etsy shop. I know that she will be far from ‘perfect’ but I can’t wait to see how she looks when she is done!

Of course, that is not all that I have been up to lately! I have finished dyeing the rainbow hair. I had shared it two posts back when it was just started and still wet. Now it looks like this:

The rainbow hair is finished
The rainbow hair is finished

And, I have combed, washed, dyed and wefted for three more wigs:

Three colourways for three wigs
Three colourways for three wigs

One of the wigs is going to be the 3-3.5 inch size that fits the J-dolls. The other two, I will be forming on Monster High heads. One of the heads has ears, so it will be a fun difference. Now to peel the wefts from the paper and get out the glue!

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