This is a basic tutorial to help you achieve an adorable, durable, and frugal doll face for you or some blessed other. I am no expert and did this with a very basic knowledge. If I can do it, you can too!
As you can see on my pictures, I often completed one side before moving on to the other. I did this to make sure I liked the method I was choosing before leading anyone else to do so. For facial patterns and instructions, check out one of my free doll patterns:
5" Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery Thread Colors:
Black for the pupil
3-4 colors for the Iris
White for the Sclera
1 color matching your chosen hair color
2 colors for you lips, 1 light and a darker 1 of the same shade
1 skin tone color for the nose and under the eye
*Note I always worked with 2 strands of thread doubled and knotted on the end. So, 4 threads were in every stitch. I hope that's not confusing. If it is, then I hope the pictures will help.
I will lead you through the steps as I did them.
The Iris and Pupil:
These are similar to the type of stitch I used:
However, I modified it by not stitching very much in the back (pic 3). I had to do this because the amount of thread in that small area was dense enough to make it difficult to embroider otherwise. (Please just look at the eye on your right. The other was my test eye.)
Outline the Iris with your darkest eye color using a stem stitch.
Using a satin stitch fill in the black pupil.
Using your middle color do a short ray around the pupil.
I used the stem stitch again.
The bottom of the eye and eyelashes:
Use a split stitch for the bottom of the eye.
And another stem stitch for the eyelash out line.
Use a straight stitch for the 3 long eylashes, tacking them down with a small stitch slightly below where it would otherwise lie. This creates a subtle curve. This is an exaggeration of the basic idea:
The nose and mouth:
Use a split stitch for the nose
and a satin stitch for the mouth.
I was intimidated about embroidery before I just did it. There are plenty of great tutorials on You Tube with these stitches if you need them. I recommend giving it a try. If you mess up, it's easy to fix or start over.
Who do you know that would love a doll made by you?
I would love to see any photos from your dolls. So, please send me a picture if you can!
Here are my hair tutorials for doll making:
Want some quick gratification and appreciation?
Try my Oreo Cake Recipe:
Here is another free pattern & tutorial for embroidering a doll's face: