Adding eyes and eyelashes to your amigurumi dolls makes them look more lifelike – but you also need to make sure that they are child safe.
One of the things that attracted me most to the Fantirumi (Fantasy Amigurumi) dolls that I’ve been making lately that are designed by Esther Emaar/CrochEssie of House of Creations is that their faces are just so detailed and lifelike. There are several reasons that the faces of these amigurumi are so much more human looking is the fact that each Fantirumi that she designs has the most incredible, thick eyelashes – it’s just that final finishing touch that sets them apart from other amigurumi dolls that I’ve seen.
The best example that I can give you is from her pattern for Whoopy – I mean seriously, look at those eyelashes! Esther uses false eyelashes for all of her creations – and I’m thinking that the false eyelashes that she can get in the Netherlands are far better than the ones that I found locally because the ones that I bought just don’t look as full.
So, as I’ve been making these Fantirumi, I’ve tried different methods for creating eyelashes.
For Witchy, I did use false eyelashes that I purchased at the local dollar store and sewed them on with thread to the back of the eyelid so that they would be more permanently affixed. Let me tell you that was quite the ordeal as the thread kept sticking to the glue that is on the false eyelash!
As you can see, the false eyelashes I purchased are not as full as the ones that Esther used.
Crocheting Eyelashes – the Loop Stitch
When I made Tassey, I crocheted her eyelashes to the back of her eyelid using #10 crochet cotton and a size 7 steel hook using the loop stitch (done with slip stitches instead of single crochet) and then cutting the loops. The pictures below show where I attached the loop stitch with slip stitches (designated by the red arrows) and the final result. The individual lashes on these eyelashes were thicker than I really would have liked, but I was fairly pleased with the final outcome.
Using Eyelash yarn
When it came time to make Frozzy, I REALLY got carried away! I had some yarn, I’ll call it eyelash yarn (but I’m not sure that is what it really is). It was some yarn that I picked up a year or so ago at a discount store called Big Lots and it really does look more like thick false eyelashes. I used some fabric stiffener to stiffen it up and applied it with an old mascara brush and a soft toothbrush and let it dry. I then stitched it to the back of they eyelid and applied a drop of Fray Check to each end so it wouldn’t fray. All in all I was pretty happy with the way these eyelashes turned out after they were trimmed and shaped. They still aren’t as thick as I would like them to be, so next time I will try a double layer of the eyelash yarn – OR – I’ll stitch it on first and then apply the fabric stiffener after.
A tutorial I found on the web
Before writing this blog post, I did a Google search for making amigurumi eyelashes and did find one that is quite interesting which involves fraying ribbon – if you click this link it is best to use Google Chrome with the Translate plugin. I think I will try this method.
Eyes and noses
When it comes to child safe eyes and noses for your amigurumi – I just love the Suncatcher craft eyes & noses. They have a metal back with prongs that hold the eye or nose firmly in place, so that even the most picky of little fingers can’t pull them off!
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