Rerooting with yarn is nothing new in the doll world. It’s the “go to” fiber of choice for any cloth doll but will it work for fashion dolls?
The process is the same as when rerooting with Saran and Nylon just that there is an extra step of separating yarn into sections or strands. By nature, yarn is the perfect medium to create a texture or soft mohair look (if you want to stay away from using animal products for ooak dolls). There is an added benefit of being fluffy which is great if you’re looking for poofy hair.
Yarn reroots are nothing new and it’s an obvious choice as a cheaper and more readily available alternative to Saran. The yarn reroot that got my attention in particular was this:
Short hair is not an easy feat in the doll world due to the dilemma of hiding hair plugs or using more hair plugs to create a convincing hair line (nobody has time for that). Finding PlayRoomArt’s Cassata convinced me that yarn would be the perfect medium for creating crew cuts or shaved hair looks! It works because of yarn’s fluffy nature!
It works really great for Monster High boys with indented scalps like Deuce here:
Deuce’s reroot pattern was the same as if he were rerooted with Saran. Because Yarn is so fluffy, the plugs are virtually invisible creating a very thick, soft hair.
The reroot pattern is only obvious when the hair is wet. A repaint, trim and restyle later and you’ve got Reed!
I was amazed at how close I could cut near the plug and still keep it invisible. I couldn’t even feel the scalp indent due to the thick hair.
I used a bit of fabric softener in order to calm the yarn fiber and create cleaner strands.
Any single ghouls looking for a manster? Reed is available at Etsy!