embroidering an eye

How-to Friday. No, not really a thing. But it’s Friday. Maybe I’ll remember next week to post another. :)

A quick run through of embroidering the face on a cloth doll… I embroider my dolls’ faces after I’ve stuffed the bodies and sewn down the yarn hair. I prefer placing the features after everything else is in place. I use pins to mark spots for eyes and nose, using a tape measure to center on the face. Then I draw the features with a water soluable marker. I use 3 strands of embroidery floss to embroider the features. I outline the eye with a running stitch and then fill in with a satin stitch. Then I embroider the eyelashes, eyebrows, nose and mouth with a running stitch. I knot my floss and bring needle in from back of head, hiding the knots in the yarn hair. Make sure not to pull embroidery too taught or it will pucker the face. After I’ve finishing embroidering I spritz with water and dab with a paper towel to remove the blue ink still showing. Ok, I think that’s it!

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

doll making how-to's, embroidering eyes

4 thoughts on “embroidering an eye

  1. Emma says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve made my doll, finished her hair, and keep reading and re-reading the directions for embroidering the face but I was afraid to start… These photos are so helpful!

  2. Megan says:

    I’ve been making these dolls for a couple of years now for my daughters and friends, but the face is always the hardest part for me, and this is nice!

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