Blythe's "Fancy Nancy" inspired doll for her birthday is coming along nicely, but this hair is going to take 3 tutorials to get it from a skein of yarn to a wig on her head. I covered the base on Monday, the curls today, and I'll try to get the latching process Friday. I am going to have the doll and embroidery pattern I made available next week! :o)
I have been using this method for 2 years. I discovered it after looking at primitive dolls with felted hair. I didn't want to use wool because in a hard wash the dolls hair would all felt together in one mess. So I found the Hungry Hooker blog with acrylic curls and adapted my method from it. She worried about baking the yarn and checked it often, but please don't do that. As long as you follow the steps everything will work out fine. By the way, I have found that if you bake "soft" acrylic yarn it at 350 degrees it lightens the yarn and provides you with yarn "highlights" to put in your dolls hair. I haven't tried it with standard acrylic.
Before you buy your dowel rods pay attention to step 3 in the baking process. I bought long rods and had the nice people at Home Depot cut them for me to my needed size.
Wrapping your yarn:
The baking process!
**Additional instructions for Step 4. For "soft" acrylic yarn or "Vanna's Choice" bake at 300 degrees for 55 minutes and do not unwrap until it is cooled completely.
Looking for a doll to put it on?