Sunday, May 8, 2011

Brainstorming Hair

Now that we've seen some interesting hair techniques, how about we brainstorm how to do hair on various needlepoint canvases?

I'll start--here's a series of small canvases from A Collection of Designs, all women in hats.  Here is the website where I found them.

This slightly wavy hair might look good using Robin's twisted lazy daisy stitches in two shades of brown.

This hair is dead straight.  I might try couching rows of a brown silk perle in a #8 or #5 size, then use a smaller size cotton perle (#8 or 12, depending on the size of the brown hair thread) in black to make the shading lines.  The contrast between the thicker shiny brown silk and the thinner and duller black cotton would add interest to her hair style.

The blonde has slightly wavy hair and a lot of it.  I think I'd try using stem stitch for this sort of long hair.  Since the earring and necklace are the same yellow, I'd have to make sure the hair thread looked different than the jewelry thread by using beads and/or metallics for the jewelry.  Luckily the other ladies don't have the same issue with their hair color and jewelry but it can be an issue on some canvases.

This lady has especially fun hair.  I might use the same stem stitch technique but look for a thread with a slightly feathery texture such as Viola or Cashmere or even Angora.  Remember how Robin used twisted lazy daisy stitch with two different threads and got too very different looks?  I think the same thing would work well here although I'm not talking about using the stitch Robin did, just switching thread types.

Here's the final lady.  She's my favorite.  How would you stitch her hair?

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow Blogging at and at


NCPat said...

Her hat is the focal and I would do all of her "jewels" in metallics and her hat in a textured stitch. That being said, I would do her hair in tent in Splendor for the sheen and to match the shading. LOL I love all of these!

Anonymous said...

I think rouching some flair for some of the ladies and couching it down in a matching floss would add some fun and interest.

Margaret said...

Love these ladies. I have a larger witch to do. She has solid wedges of hair on either side of her head. I had thought to layer down long stitches of a mix of pearl, floss, Kreinik, of various shades. I mustt say. I do admire the idea of rouching some Flair.

Brasil said...

Hello, I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the for your blogging sites.Good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Brasil, thank you for your kind words. Not to worry about posting again soon. I am addicted to blogging and there's almost always a post every day. Hopefully you'll enjoy most of them.