Wow, wefted hair. Takes a while to stitch on but I am sure it is far less time than doing each strand by the loop. It took 3 nights of sitting in front of my favourite TV shows to get the hair stitched. I followed the basic instructions for the Cool Cat Website.
To finish off the wefted hair, you need to cut a small hole in the scalp and pus some of the hair through. Click on the above link to Cool Cat if you are not sure what I mean. Anyway they suggest a 10-15cm piece. I think I used double that and I am glad because I think the weft layers underneath would still have shown. They also suggested sewing the weft layers 1cm apart but I did it a bit narrower than that.
Once all the hair is in, you have to attach it back to the hard section of the scalp. Oh my. When I read that this model head (radiant Blythe) was difficult to re-attach, they weren't kidding. For two nights I tried to get the soft rubber scalp to push back into its hard casing. In doing so I almost tore off the hair I had stitched on. Finally, out of desperation and only 1 of 3 phalanges inserted, I went to the bathroom and poured powder onto it. After much pushing I finally got it in. YAY! I was really getting worried there for a second.
Ok so now that is done I have to set the hair. Remember there is a bit in the centre that is shoved through a hole and is sticking up like a fountain. The instructions I read said to gather the hair in an elastic band and iron it in place (iron on low with a cloth over top). That sound easy, NOT! The fountain section of hair had it's own mind and wouldn't stay where I wanted it to go. Doing it while holding onto the hair was not easy either. I needed two hands to hold the hair in place and another to old the scalp.
All of a sudden I had a brain wave, or brain splash as one of my high school teachers used to say. There in the room with me, was a tall tube of fabric. It was the perfect width to rest the scalp on. I was then able to hold the hair in place withe the lacky band so much more easily.
After I ironed the hair I covered it with the plastic that you find on the new dolls to keep their hair in place. I am going to keep it like this until the weekend, just to make sure it stays the way I want it. After that I will finally put her all back together, and then proceed with a hair cut. oooooh it is so exciting.
I have added some photos below just in case you are going to customise your own doll. I like to think they are a nice addition to the visual instruction on the Cool Cat website.
I recently purchased a Simply Mango Blythe doll. She arrived today and I am going to customise her and see how I go at selling it. I already know what theme I am going with. Stay tuned.