A hairy situation

First off, I’m back from Canada! I didn’t freeze! Hooray! My twitter feed makes it look like all I did was hop from one Tim Horton’s to another, which kinda indicates where I found all the free wi-fi in Toronto, haha. I can assure you, I did much more than just hang out at Tim Horton’s, and I had a grand ol’ time. 🙂

Anyway, in hookin’ news, I’ve been working on a critter for my sister as a birthday gift for someone close to her. The thing is that the character she wanted has a full head of hair. For anyone who’s been following this blog long enough, you may have noticed that there’s a significant lack of critters with long, flowy hair. There’s a reason for that: putting hair on a critter is a ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS. Allow me to explain:

hair comic

For all my fellow hookers out there: IS THERE A GOOD SOLUTION TO THIS?? It takes me FOREVER to get a good full head of hair that won’t end up massively poofy, and it’s incredibly time consuming because I end up having to fine-tune it strand by strand. I also have the misfortune of being picky about the material I use for hair too…I don’t like using yarn because it’s thick and makes things look even poofier (and too Raggedy Ann-ish), but certain threads are too thin and make the hair look super flat (also, they tend to fray easily and make things look ugly over time). Blah. I can’t post photos of the work in progress because it’s a birthday surprise, but if anyone has suggestions, please enlighten me. At the rate I’m going, a character like Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII would make me want to yank my own hair out. Any help for this hooker?

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3 Responses to A hairy situation

  1. Jeni says:

    Have you tried using this method from NeedleNoodles? http://needlenoodles.com/home/?q=node/83 I don’t have a hairpin lace tool, so what I do is flatten a cardboard tube, and use that. And, yes, I realize how cheap that is, LOL.

    • Geeky Hooker says:

      I have! It’s actually the first method I’ve tried. 🙂 It definitely seems to be the most efficient way to add hair, but I had some trouble fine-tuning it after all the fringe was added on…after I ran the fringe around the head, it still resulted in a crazy ‘fro from all the layers of thread/yarn piling on top of each other and I couldn’t seem to find a way to thin it out. 😦 I might have to try this method again though…looking back through the tutorial, it’s making a lot more sense. Or maybe I’m just tired, haha. For the record, I totally used a strip of cardboard when I tried this method! 😀

      • Jeni says:

        LOL, cheap and efficient, FTW!
        Maybe try using a lighter weight yarn? Like, instead of Worsted, use Sport? I don’t know :/ I have a similar problem, but all of my dolls (like Ponyo) are supposed to have wild and crazy hair. Good luck! 🙂

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