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Ok so here is the tutorial for brushing the dragons hair. This can be used for lots of purposes. Many of you have asked about this so I will put this on DA also. Any questions feel free to ask!
Also tell me if any parts are confusing or have any ideas on how to make it easier to understand.
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The best way I know how to explain this part is to show you.
I did only a portion of the hair to show you the steps. You don’t want to brush it until you have all of the hair done. I will try to explain it as best I can. Reference the pictures often they will help you. The thicker you stitch the yarn on the more fluff you will have later. You can also use this same technique for making a belly patch or making colored areas like spots, just don’t brush them. If you aren’t sure about how the results will turn out feel free to practice on a separate piece. The red dots are by your yarn that you are stitching with, the blue is the end piece of that yarn.
Step One: Place a long strand of yarn from the point you want the hair to start to the point you want it to stop. I use pins to keep if from moving so that when I stitch the hair on it will be straight. You don’t have to pin it all the way for now, it will be hard to handle if you do with all the pins poking out.
Step Two: Cut a long strand of the color yarn you want to use for the hair. It doesn’t need to be super long because it isn’t hard to add more as you go. I usually start at the neck and move down. I go back later and finish from the neck to the head. Push the needle through the yarn of the body going under your yarn line.
Step Three: Make your stitches along the your yarn line. I try to make 2 or 3 loops along each of your crochet stitches. Sometimes you can’t fit them but its fine. You don’t want to make them too thin or you will not be able to brush it well later. Check frequently to make sure your stitches are straight. This is why we put the legs on later, so that if you don’t keep it straight you can move the feet to adjust.
Step Four: Ever so often you may have to add yarn to keep going. I stitch up from the other side of the body and then continue making loops. I do this so that when I go to brush it, I can hold them so they don’t come out. If they do you will be able to tell. They will be much longer than the rest of your brushed area. In the photo with arrows you can see that the blue and red dots are on the bottom. That is because I stitched them through the bottom so I could hold them.
Step Five: Once you have all the stitches done, its time to brush! I use a wire slicker brush to brush out the yarn. Its used for de-shedding pets, but it works well for this. I brush from side to side. With the tail and the brush handle pointed towards me. If you try to brush it in the direction of head to tail it will be uneven. Side to side gives the best results for me. Take breaks frequently this will be tiring. Once you get past the sections where you stitched the end pieces through the bottom of the body, you can cut them off.
Step Six: Eventually you will start to see that the yarn is starting to get fluffy. The top will be thin so periodically you need to cut it off. You can continue to keep brushing until it is as fluffy as you want. If you have brushed part of the body on accident wait until you are done to cut that part off. If not you will continue to brush it and it will get very thin and eventually tear.
Hope this wasn’t to confusing. Feel free to ask questions! Hope you enjoy!