|Making a Wig with Wefted Mohair
by Gloria "Mimi" Winer
This information is in my patterns "Annie Agnes", "The Queens Jester", and
"Jazz", but in case you haven't read them here is a summary.
A yard of wefted mohair will easily wig a 16 to 17 inch doll (the size my
After cleaning and drying the mohair, (instructions for cleaning are
in the patterns mentioned above), Pick out several "locks" and pull them
straight between your two hands. Then take the less curly end and trim
off the end so the hairs are even.
- Lay the cut end on a one yard by 1 inch strip of Solvy®. Solvy®
is a water soluble stabilizer used for machine embroidery. It is available
at JoAnn's and other fabric shops in one yard packages on the notion wall.
- Continue to carefully lay locks close together until the strip of Solvy®
is filled with mohair.
- Lay a second strip on top so that the mohair is sandwiched between the
two strips. Pin securely with straight pins every half inch or so, so that
they are perpendicular to the length of the strip.
- Carefully take them to the sewing machine and adjust the stitch length
to about 1.5mm and the width to narrow Stitch two or three times across
the top of the strip being sure to catch all the hair in the stitches.
Stitch again exactly on top of the first stitches. If you are not sure
it will hold, stitch again with the stitch a tiny bit wider than before.
This should be enough. Oh yes, the thread should be a color close to the
color of the hair.
- Put the Solvy® end of the weft into a container of warm water for
a few minutes until the Solvy® has dissolved.
- Allow the hair to dry
naturally. Do not use a hair dryer, it is wool and it may felt if agitated
Trim away the hair sticking out the top of the stitching. The stitches
is what holds the hair together and weft is now ready to stitch or glue
(use Grrrip® or Fabri-tac® glue) to the dolls head.
I cut sections of weft in about 1-1/2" to 2" lengths to make it easier to glue in
- Mark the hairline first. Begin at the nape of the neck and mark the
hairline with your purple air soluble marker.
- Then mark concentric circles about a quarter inch apart from the nape, around the head until you reach
If you glue, when the glue has dried, you can cut and style the hair.
I curl the hair after it is on the doll. I wet it with a spray bottle
And comb it gently and curl it around one inch pieces of drinking straws.
Hold the hair onto the straw with a bobby pin. Dry overnight.
When you remove the "curlers" gently comb the hair with a hairpin or
a wide tooth wire comb or brush. You will pull out quite a bit of hair
this is okay, because if you used the entire yard on the doll she probably
has "big" hair anyway. You will only loose the loose strands, It seems
like a lot, but it really is not.
I save the stuff I comb out. When I do a "upswept" hairdo or a chignon
or a French twist I use it as a filler. or I make a "rat" for another hairstyle
for another doll.
A wefted hairstyle can be combed and styled from time to time, a non-wefted
I hope these instructions help. They are more clearly described in my
patterns on my website, Mimisdolls.com
See Mimi's work in the ODACA Artist Directory.
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