I agonize over crafting ideas ... on how to transform each from a visual picture in my brain into an actual replica with fabrics and threads.
This is how it was with the Kokeshi Doll Crochet Hook cozy. Every moment I could was spent on engineering the pattern and techniques. The best times of enlightenment came just before I fell asleep or when I stepped away from my project table for a pee break or snack break.
Now I am happy to share with you the technique used for the Kokeshi doll face.
Only a few supplies are required : A transparency, fabric stamping inks, scissors, hole puncher, sponge daubers, cotton fabric (or muslin, canvas, etc.), Sharpie pen, and an iron.
Step 1 : Find a circle template for the doll's face. It can be any size (or shape) that you want. Place your template on the transparency and trace with a Sharpie pen.
Step 2 : Draw in the doll's hair and eyes.
Step 3 : Cut out the space for the hair by first cutting a slit anywhere in the hair area. This step is simply to open up a space for the scissors. Follow the lines to cut out the hair area.
Step 4 : Punching out the eyes was the most challenging step. While doing this tutorial I found a much better way than my previous attempts. Punch a hole on an extra piece of transparency...that's it. How simple instead of trying to punch a hole where no standard hole puncher would go. The best part? You can change up the eyes using a punched out heart or star!!
Step 5 : Place the face template on a piece of cotton fabric (or a fabric of your choice). Stencil the hair and eyes using your sponge daubers and fabric inks : Black ink for the hair and brown for the eyes.
Step 6 : Partially lift up the transparency to check for ink coverage before removing the transparency.
Step 7 : Add the doll's cheeks by using a sponge dauber with pink ink and press once, straight down onto the face. You might want to practice on a piece of paper before applying the rosy cheeks to the kokeshi doll face.
Step 8 : Press with a dry iron to set colors. And there you have it ... enjoy. Send me pics of your doll faces !