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Experiment: Rerooting with Yarn

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?

Yarn reroots by Mimblex featuring Monster High and My Little Pony.

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:

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Cassata by PlayRoomArts.

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:

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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.

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The reroot pattern is only obvious when the hair is wet. A repaint, trim and restyle later and you’ve got Reed!

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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.

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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!

 

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  1. So I’ve been looking for a tutorial on how to actually get the plastic hair off…I want to do a reroot on a Gil Webber I have sitting around, but can’t figure out how to release the hard plastic. You have any advice there?

    1. Depending on how the factory had the hair cap glued on, you’ll either get lucky and pry it off easily or struggle with it and have to destroy it. Some people have had to tear off pieces because of the amount of adhesive used on some pieces. You can test the adherence by slowly prying on the sides first and be more forceful on an area that feels loose and work your way from there.

  2. Is the hard plastic hair on Deuce something like a wig? I thought I saw a Heath around here, too, and I didn’t know either of them could be rerooted because of the hard plastic hair.

      1. This is revolutionary news for me! I’ve been passing over so many dolls because I thought they were impossible to root hair in… I can work with frustrating, but not with that ugly, hard plastic hair.

        Thank you!

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