As if the absurdity of the Steampunk Crocheted Wig Progress Report #2 and Steampunk Crocheted Wig Progress Report #1 weren’t enough, we’re still not done! I suspect two more progress reports after this one. Yeah, it’s taking me a while, as I’m only working on this in fits and starts.
So, at the conclusion of our last thrilling episode, I basically had a cap with a roundy tubular brim sewed around it, and long strands of yarn hanging down. I taunted you about having scooped all those strands up into a bun. Here it tis! Purdy, huh?
More like absurd. See that little thingy on the tabletop? It’s a bunwarmer!
I pulled the bunwarmer over all those raggedly strands of yarn ends which I’d gathered with an elastic hair band for ease… but then tied tight with a strand of yarn. Those elastic bands eventually rot and snap. Bad! (ooooh, in the pic below, Miss Mannie Quinn’s profile shadow is on the sunporch wall. Spooky!)
Next, I grabbed a lot of long straight pins and started stabbing ruffles to her head, however it suited my fancy.
This sucker’s getting back-heavy, and at this point can’t stand up on it’s own. I’ll definitely need the four plastic hair combs I bought, which I’ll sew inside the cap so it can hang onto my hair for extra traction. Below you can see how raggedy the tops of the curls look. I wasn’t worried about that, the cure for raggedy spots is more curls!
I also made one extra-long curl, which I pinned in a back-and-forth zigzag to cover up the messy tops of the curls shown above. Then I added a braid to encircle the edge of the wig.
I think it was about here I decided I didn’t like the braid around the crown. But that’s why the head is styrofoam, and everything’s pinned. So stuff can be played around with.
I do like the curls down the back, but want some shorter, looser curls around the sides, to resemble the little corkscrew curls women often pull free around their hairline.
And I will need SOMEthing to dress up that bunwarmer! Looks like a dinner roll balanced on Mannie Quinn’s head. Pass the butter.
Next post you can see what happened when I made more small, loose curls and tried a new arrangement! By the way, this wig is actually a deep, almost burgundy color. Sunlight makes it look much lighter.