Sometimes you just have to tackle some parts of a project that you dread. For me and this Breakfast at Tiffany's piece, I was most dreading Audrey's hair.
It's probably because I have very little expertise in styling hair for needlework...I stitched the curly hair on Your Majesty (she's up above on my header)...and I used many different kinds of brown threads for the hair on little MiniMe when I was floating in a tea cup in the Elixir of Life.
But Audrey's hair had to be sleek and elegant...And I had no idea how to do sleek and elegant.
I did some research on what dollmakers use for hair and found that they use English long mohair. Which, I also found out, can be kind of difficult to find. I did find some in golden brown (though I wanted dark brown) and it arrived last Friday. OK, great. But I had no idea how to use it.
So I asked a few friends and they recommended I contact a needle artist who was a dollmaker and lived closeby. On Saturday, I traveled to her house and got some tips on how to tackle Audrey's upswept chignon.
Well...telling you about this woman is worthy of a whole other post so I'll save it for another day. Suffice it to say, that she gave me the following advice:
1. Don't comb the mohair.
2. Find a way of using the natural waves and curves of the mohair fibers and tack them down.
3. Make the wig separately and then attach it to the piece.
4. Spray the "wig" with a crystal clear glossy fixative to set the hair.
I decided to style Audrey's wig on a piece of black crinoline. I made a knot from the mohair and basted it to the crinoline. And slowly began to tack and style the hair.
I used a crochet hook to pull the mohair strands through the holes of the crinoline...
I used a little glue to hold the fibers together (they're very fly-away) and tacked the loose ends down on the back of the crinoline.
It sounds easy to me as I write this but I found the whole process very tedious and all the little mohair strands kept flying all over.
Ultimately, her hair looks a little like a beehive rather than sleek and elegant...
Maybe that's the Baltimore Hon in me coming out. Between the 1950s and 1970s, it was common to see working class local women dressing in bright, printed dresses with out-dated glasses and beehive hairdos. This pic is from Honfest, an annual Baltimore festival celebrating all things Hon...
I don't want to fiddle with it any more today because I'm tired. Best leave the tiara and the finishing touches until tomorrow when I'm fresh.
Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful comments on my lace bouquet last Friday. It's an added joy to have you all taking this journey with me. You're the best!
See you next time...I'm off to sweep the hair up off the floor of my salon...
P.S. I didn't spray the hair with the fixative. I just couldn't do that. I hope I don't regret that.