In order to gift the hobbit at Christmastime, he had to have a good bit of work done. I made the mistake of hinting to the giftee that she might be getting a doll, so I had to finish him. He was still hanging around the sewing room totally naked–just as I left him in October.
It wasn’t that I hadn’t thought about finishing him, I just hadn’t been properly inspired.
The trouble was his eyebrows. There was definitely something about those eyebrows that put me off. They didn’t suit any hair idea I could come up with and believe me, I had spent a lot of time debating over the type of hair to put on his head. Nothing seemed right. Not knitted hair, not glued on curls, not wefted hair, not yarn, nothing.
And I couldn’t allow him to be bald for the rest of his life.
Finally I spied some fake fur at JoAnn’s. It looked perfect! It was a mousy brown color–exactly what I had in mind for the little guy. I bought 1/4 yard of the brown (which you can see in the background of the photo) and 1/4 yard of the blonde, just in case I was mistaken about the color.
To make a wig from the fur to custom-fit his little pointy head, I had to first make a pattern. I found a fast food napkin, pinned it in place, trimmed around the edges and folded out the excess. When I cut away the folds, I had a nice pattern to lay on the fur. It never looked as if it would fit, but I knew that my folded napkin wouldn’t lie.
I don’t know if you’ve ever cut fur before, but it is very important to cut it correctly. You can’t just hack away at fur the same way you cut fabric. Well, you can–that’s the way they cut it at JoAnn’s. They made a big mess, too. Fortunately I know how to cut it with the tips of my shears through the backing only. That makes for a nice neat cut and doesn’t ruin the pile.
Once cut, it fit his head neatly and I was able to glue it right on. I used a few stray wispies to fix those eyebrows. A few more fur wisps gave him real hairy hobbit feet. Pretty effective, eh?