Tuesday, January 31, 2012

how i do my hair

I thought today I would take a step back and take a look at some of the various hair options I have used in the past and share those with you all today. Stitching hair is really fun for me and I love trying to dream up new ways to approach it.  






So first up is our little bug boy. I used two strands of green floss and just made rows and rows of chain stitches. I liked how the part in his hair really shows and I'm also quite fond of chain stitches so this was a great option all around.

Our little forest girl is just a wee lass and I did that on purpose just so I could do her hair this way. Had I made her larger I would still be working on those french knots right now. I know I wanted big puffs of 'curls' on top of her hair and that french knots would be ideal (with a little satin stitching for her bangs and for the top where her hair is "pulled back"). To cover a little more ground a little quicker and also to create a little more texture I did "up" my floss to three strands.

Okay, this one is my favorite. It doesn't look like anything more than a slightly messy satin stitch. And I know I'm not that great at satin stitching but I really can get the threads straight - really I can. I added a little twist though because I thought the satin stitch looked a little too neat and a little too solid. So, after satin stitching all the hair I went back in with just one strand of floss and make some long stitches here and there. I generally followed the basic direction and length of the satin stitches but also wove my thread between and at slight angles here and there to 'tousle' the hair a bit.





I think it really makes the hair look more 'natural' so to speak. I first used this technique last year when I made my caroler ornaments. It's so subtle but really effective.



Last comes the backstitch method. Just rows and rows of it. Sometimes I use an outline in a slightly different color just to add a bit more detail. I like how it creates such a solid look. Sometimes satin stitching isn't an option due to the size or the shape of the hair so this is a really good alternative.










Interested in more tips for embroidered hair? Check out this tutorial for making embroidered braids or this great discussion on floss color suggestions for hair. What is your best advice for stitching hair?

9 comments:

Bits of Stitching! said...

I think you practically covered all the bases...
Lovely hair-do's!!!

Mary Ann said...

I know this is a silly question but on the last one did you do the outline stitch first or after the fill in stitch?

Corinne said...

Yep, I did the outline first - and that's not a silly question at all :)

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

What a great theme for a post! (tempted to steal the idea ;))I have used most of these stitches to do hair (or fur) as well!

Glenda said...

Great post, Corinne :-). I like the idea of using one strand of a long stitch to make the satin-stitched hair more natural. Hopefully I'll remember that next time I stitch hair!

Annet said...

Thanks for sharing your tips. I just love the girl with the curls!

Xandi said...

Great post, thanks for sharing this!

Johanna said...

This is a great post- I'm bookmarking it since I'm new to embroidery and have been thinking about fill stitches lately!

Glenda said...

Corinne, this might be a good post to add to your Patterns & Tutorials section in your sidebar. I came looking for it tonight so I could Pin it (I did link back to this blog post) :-).