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Monday, June 14, 2010

Back to Ventilating.

It's been some time since I picked up the needle. This is today's progress. I filled in the space between the last section:

I'm still on the hunt for wig making lace. I'm adding two more contacts under the supplies list.
Happy ventilating!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Today's Progress - I need better lace!

This is just three hours of work. I decided to pick up the needle and just... start. I decided to not use the virgin indian and virgin malaysian hair I have because it's too pretty. I'm going to use that for a whole new wig (along with the lace my "wig master angel" gave to me). With that said, I'm using the curly malaysian (cut from the Rex unit). It's just the nape, and some other spots along the ear area that need hair.

I'm not happy with the lace I purchased from ebay. It's snagging on my needle, and Nrrrlkl said that's a sign that it's not the right lace, that it may be tulle. Of the samples I was sent, I like the film lace, and the opera lace. I NEED LACE!!! I will bite the bullet next month, and buy some from either His & Hers or FXSupply.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Up Close - Finished with Sewing the Lace

Just close up pictures of the lace sewn on to the nape with clear thread. It's not perfect, just as long as the hair can be ventilated on and it can be pulled up. Lesson learned here - maybe I should use the weaving needle, shaped like a C. I may ventilate the hair in a W shape, but that's ambitious. Tomorrow, I will begin ventilating, maybe with the virgin indian, because it will wave up. I'm sure the virgin malaysian bulk hair doesn't wave at all.

My boyfriend's camera is so much better than mine!

Jumping in with both feet!

The top right picture is my double knot practice whilst watching the American Idol finale (Janet Jackson got OFF!) Right now, I'm using my existing computer desk as a workstation. The mag lamp clips on perfectly so I don't have to fight it, and the wig head is at the right level. I've sewn the lace onto the nape on the right side; now I'm completing the left. I'll probably start ventilating it either tonight or tomorrow.

Here's a good ventilating video (thanks Nrrrlkl): Amarie Lace Wigs - Ventilating

1st Project - Fixing the Nape on my Malaysian Loose Curly

I've decided to just plunge in and add a nape back onto my wigs. First, I'm working on the "hybrid" - Rex Malaysian Loose Curly and the CLW Amina. I so regret cutting the napes off, but maybe this was one of the signs pointing me towards learning wig making. With this first project, I will be learning how to sew seams the proper way (instead of the bulky, horrible job I did on the hybrid). I've got the ebay lace pinned down and it starts higher than the edge of the wig. I will sew with clear thread. After I make the seam, I'm going to start ventilating. No procrastinating.

I spent last night making double knots. Today, I marked the area on my template where I'll do single strand single knots. I'm rolling up my sleeves! Hopefully, a new wig is arriving tomorrow. I'm going to turn it inside out and trace the lace sections to make a pattern. I'm always trying to find the easy out. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Progress - Forge Ahead!

Finally, I have a workable head template (see above ^^). I tacked my practice lace back onto the head and I'm still working. I had poly stuffing left over from my Care Bears project. It's not perfect, but it's not collapsing. More updates later.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Making Head Templates? Frustrating!

Okay, today was very frustrating. Other than the first 14 pages, the book is really good. Very good information about cap construstion and sewing seams. I need to practice making darts. Before any of this, I need to learn how to make a head template. Today's attempts were disastrous! The shower cap method didn't work for me. I tried the saran wrap method, but I don't have the correct tape. I made it anyway and it sucks so badly, I didn't have the heart to take a picture of it. I'll try it again maybe Monday. The book has a great worksheet for taking measurements. I want to transfer the measurements right onto the canvas head (covered in blue painter's tape). I want to do this right, so I'm going to work at getting the head template right.

Learning the different types of laces was enlightening. The thing is, can they be found?

Back to the drawing board.
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