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Tutorial: Rooting hair in needle felted figures by SnowFox102 Tutorial: Rooting hair in needle felted figures by SnowFox102
Here's how I root hair on my ponies and other needle felted dolls. :) I use a sewing needle I cut as a rooting tool, and it's not really necessary, but if you want to make one here's basically what it ends up being: [link] This is my method for all hair rooting, but NOT fur.

This is Arthur, obviously.

Also, sorry for my wonky thumbnail. It just grows like that. D:
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Kill-me-sensless Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Omg he is so cute! He looks like my friend MLP OC
TheHarley Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work!
Thank you for posting this tutorial, it's extremely helpful! ^_^
SnowFox102 Aug 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you found it helpful. :D
Jevsy Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this looks awesome! I'm just getting into this hobby. You're very skilled at it.
SnowFox102 Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
nokama628 Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Do you do the same thing for putting hair in plushies?
SnowFox102 Jun 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
For traditional sewn plushies, no. Cutting a hole through fabric would usually be a bad idea. You'd need fur fabric or a weft for those.
nokama628 Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, Thanks
imaginaryfriends2012 Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What do you use to cut the slits/holes? I have been slitting the throat and underbelly of mine and threading plugs of MLP hair bought from up through the piece to where I want it to go. I don't use glue, as the knot will catch inside the sculpture, then I just close up the slit and cover any of my knot with more wool. That probably made no sense...I would like not to have so many knots visible in the end as it is totally hard felting over nylon fiber.

I don't always do my hair this way, sometimes I felt it on, but recently everyone want the real MLP hair.
SnowFox102 Jun 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just use an X-Acto knife, the standard pointy blade. Any sharp blade would work. I guess I could have been more clear in some places. :blush: This method is kind of like rehairing a plastic pony by pushing the plugs into the holes and putting glue inside the head. Most of the work is done from the outside. I'm not sure if that made sense. XD The reason I cut holes at all is because the rooting tool can't really penetrate the felt and push the hair down. I did have a thought, that it might be possible to make small holes like the ones on the plastic ponies using a large sewing needle, and then pushing small plugs into the holes. They'd still need to be secured with glue or stitches, but that might be a way to avoid actually cutting a doll, and it could make more even hair.

It sounds like your method would work really well too. It's pretty much the same principle, of making the hair catch somewhere so it won't come out. The only downside I can see is the knots getting in the way sometimes, like you said. But it's faster than my method and doesn't involve sewing. I'd like to see your method. :)
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