How to Needle Felt Wool Yarn for Doll Hair

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Dollmakers with a passion for fabric dolls can give their creations unique hairstyles by needle felting. If you have a doll with a head stuffed full of wool, you can use wool roving and a felting needle to attach hair to her head. Wool from angora goats is ideal for creating curly doll hair. One ball of roving, or unspun wool, will make enough hair for dozens of dolls. You can buy pre-dyed roving, or dye your own with powdered drink mix or acid dyes to create dolls with brightly coloured hair.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Curly wool roving
  • Felting needle

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  1. 1

    Pull off a long, narrow piece of wool roving and lay it at the base of the doll's head, near the neck. Make the piece of roving slightly longer than you want your doll's hair to be -- it will shrink as it felts.

  2. 2

    Hold the top of the felting needle with your thumb and first two fingers, well away from the barbs. Stab the needle through the roving and into the doll's head until the roving starts to adhere. When you can tug on it gently and it stays attached to the head, you can move on to the next strand of hair.

  3. 3

    Lay another strand of roving next to the first. Make it roughly the same length. Stab it with the felting needle just as you did with the first strand. Continue in this manner until you have a secure row of hair at the base of the doll's neck.

  4. 4

    Work in rows going up the doll's head, spacing each row approximately 1/4-inch above the previous row.

  5. 5

    Use shorter pieces of roving in the front if you want your doll to have fringe or the appearance of a few strands hanging down.

Tips and warnings

  • Single felting needles bend easily. Make sure you stab straight up and down to avoid putting a kink in your needle.

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