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I take my spun wool and divide it into 3 different sections.
My first section will be across her head.
The other two section will be the ponytails (braids)
You can unwind the yarn and it will give the effect of curly hair pieces.
My doll head has been stuffed firmly and already stained.
Taking embroidery floss in as close to the same color as my chosen wool…..I place a piece in the middle of her head.
I then place 2 pieces on each side of her head.
I lay across the top seam the few strands that I had already set aside.
Take the floss from the middle of the head and tie around the yarn with a tight knot. This is now going to be the “part” in her hairdo.(if you don’t want a part showing…..you don’t have to tie it in the middle….just use the 2 places on the side)
Using ONE set of floss on each side…..I use the BOTTOM piece…..I knot it around the ends of the yarn.She’ll look like she had tiny pigtails.
I then take another bunch of the yarn that I’d set aside and find the middle.
The last piece of floss on each side, I then place around the middle of the bunch and tie with a tight knot. I include the small strands from the pieces laying across her head as well.
I repeat this on both sides.
The primitive doll now has two long ponytails on either side of her head.
You may keep her hair this way if you wish.
Finish it off by wrapping a torn piece of fabric around the top of the ponytail into a bow.
For Braids……… just take that long ponytail and divide into 3 equal pieces and start to braid them together. You can braid it however you wish…..just a bit or all the way to the bottom.
Tie off with a small piece of thread or torn fabric to hold the braid from unraveling.
Play and have fun!
Submitted by Tracy(Cedara)Dunn of http://www.thrutheatticdoor.com