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I always use a large eyed needle when doing the hair on my primitive dolls as most of the time I am using pieces of yarn and it can be quite thick.
My doll head is all stuffed firmly and already stained.
I have taken my spun wool and cut it into long enough strips to form little pigtails.(The length will vary depending on how long you want her pigtails to end up being)
Starting on the top of her head…….I thread my needle with a strand of wool and poke it thru close to the top seam. Let the thread hang loose.
I continue threading my needle with pieces and poking them thru along the top seam. Go down both sides of her head until you get to the desired area of her face.(This will vary with the look of the doll sometimes…..lower or higher!)
Once all my pieces have been threaded thru…..its now time to knot in place.
I take each strand and simply tie a knot tightly into it. This will hold it in place and make sure it doesn’t get pulled by mistake.
Once all the strands of wool have been knotted in place…..I then make two sections of the wool with my hands. These form the pigtails!
I tie them off with a small piece of thread and usually finish it with a tore piece of fabric.
Your primitive doll now has little pigtails!
How high up you tie the pigtails is your choice.
How long the length of wool is for the pigtails is up to you….make them however your dollie ‘tells’ you to
Tutorial submitted by Cedara of http://www.thrutheatticdoor.com