Friday, August 10, 2012

Simple Wigs, and other Bleuette goodness

Making wigs and hair for my dolls is my favorite part of the dollmaking process.  Once the doll has a wig, that is when her (or his) personality comes alive.

Simple Bleuette Wigs

These four wigs are very simple to make, based on the basic crochet wig cap.  In this instance, the wig cap is also part of the hair.  By using mohair yarn, you don't really need to cover the wig cap with strands of yarn.  This saves on yarn, saves on time, and is great for a play-able doll for a child.  These wigs will fit any doll with a seven inch circumference head, and can be adapted to fit any doll at all.

You can make these wigs with any yarn, really; but the fuzzier it is (higher mohair content) the more it will look like those pictured above.  Brushed nylon will also work, and the many 'fun fur' eyelash yarns as well.

The only drawback to these yarns is that the stitches can be hard to see.  So, if you are just beginning, I would suggest making light colored wigs at first: blond, gold, peach and light shades.  Also, crochet with a piece of white paper in your lap...it helps to see the stitches.  Don't worry too much about mistakes or missed stitches...they become invisible in this kind of yarn :-)

A couple of other goodies to share:


A mostly knit shrug for Bleuette!  The shrug is knit as a rectangle nine inches long and three inches wide.  Fold it lengthwise and sew up  two and a half inches on either end for the sleeves, then crochet a border around the rest of it.  I like the knit for the body as it gives a soft hand to the fabric, and the crochet edging adds crispness around the edges.


And a Link Stitch Bodice.  This bodice is worked from the neckline down, so you can easily make it any length you want.  It starts with a series of 18 links.  I like working into links better than working into chain stitches; it is easier to get a neat border, and gives a sweet eyelet look to the neckline.

Enjoy the day, and enjoy the crochet!

16 comments:

  1. Thank you my friend for once again sharing you're beautiful work. I'm interested to see how do you crochet your wigs.

    Joyce

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  2. Thank you, dear Joyce. I always love the dolls you make; you've been my inspiration on many occasions :-)

    Beth

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  3. Have now entered into my 3rd 3-ring binder for Creations by Beth! Off to get started on a link bodice for Judi's doll. It's true, it never ends.

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  4. Beautiful works, I like blond one:) And once again, your dolls are gorgeous!!

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  5. Thanks so much for your good words, Kate and Bluefairy :-)

    Beth

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  6. Thanks Beth now I can make the doll and the hair the wigs are the best!

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  7. Thank you again for sharing your patterns :)
    I am going to crochet bleuette soon, she is very high on my to-do list :)

    Here are photos of my doll made from your mini free spirit pattern, I made dresses for her out of baby socks:
    http://arnyheklar.blogspot.com/2012/07/komin-i-ny-fot-nyju-bloggi.html

    I have made another doll but can´t deside on how her hair should look, I will blog about her soon :)

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  8. Arny, she is adorable! What a great way to use patterned socks :-)

    Beth

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  9. Typs, thank you for your good words :-)

    Beth

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  10. Very very cute. I love the shrug.

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  11. I just discovered your very very lovely blog. WOW, what wonderful crochet dolls. Love them all. You are a very creative person. Do you sell your dolls or sell the pattern to any of them. I would love to try and make one. I have a grand daughter due today. VBG Hugs Judy

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  12. Judy, I'm delighted you have found your way here. All of my patterns on this blog are free, and available here. Look on the left sidebar for a picture of the doll you are interested in, and you will see several links below the picture; these are the patterns.

    Enjoy!

    Beth

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  13. Hi Beth, I found a book on crochet on sale in my local book store, so I am going to have a go! Your blog has inspired me. Lizzie.

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    1. That is really awesome, Lizzy!

      Beth

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  14. Hey that's nice... something interesting

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