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How to knit eyes
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Jun 23, 2013 06:35:11   #
Loveknittingtoyz
 
Hi

I'm getting near to doing the doll face that I'm making for a friends little girl. He's asked that I make this doll as near to how I think his daughter will look in a couple of years time (no pressure eh?)

I'm going to needle sculpt the face but not sure how to do the eyes. I have previously used eyes painted onto card that I cut out, attach to felt & then finally glue in place. As this is for an 18mth old toddler I want to embroider them on for safety reasons.

Has anyone any tips / designs of how to do this please? I don't want a glamorous teenage look which is all I seem to find on uTube or too babyish - I want the cheeky look of a 3-5 year old who loves to climb trees & get into mischief.

She will have freckles which I will make with french knots, blonde rooted hair & blue eyes.

Many thanks you lovely people ;-)
 
Jun 23, 2013 06:48:30   #
boring knit
 
Hello, the only tip I can give if don't make them too heavy or dark. I just looked at "Knitted faces" in the Search section and there are lots of things - possibly useful to you. For me I would embroider them. Good luck.
Jun 23, 2013 06:59:07   #
laurelarts (a regular here)
 
I agree with boring knit, as I was reading the question, I kept thinking of the eyes as embroidered. As an artist, may I say that I have found that eyes are the hardest part of the face to "capture", and in fiber arts the embroidery will help make that a little easier.
Jun 23, 2013 07:04:15   #
Mariette, EDE
 
I think outline the outside with embroidery cotton and a running stitch and the pupil with two colors in satin stitch. Add a touch of white to highlight them. If you make the eyes a bit larger you will increase the innocence .
Make the eyebrows small. Good luck
Jun 23, 2013 07:35:51   #
puss-in-boots
 
Hi, I do some embroidery but by no means am an expert. Was just thinking, sometimes a very simple stitch like the 'stem stitch' can be very effective, or even a 'satin couching'. I have also found a stitch called 'eyelets detached' in a great book I have on embroidery by Mary Thomas. I have attached a pdf file containing pages from the book with descriptions of each of the stitches I mentioned, (with a little help from my DH), and hope that it will be of some help. Have you tried youtube too? You can often find great little videos showing how to do detailed work for facial features. Also how about a cross stitch effect? Would love to see your finished work no matter what you decide to do. Good luck. :thumbup:
Embroidery Stitches
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Jun 23, 2013 07:40:35   #
dorfor
 
Google Images "embroidered eyes for dolls' - there are some beautiful ideas.
 
Jun 23, 2013 07:55:28   #
Loveknittingtoyz
 
Thankyou all so much for your advice - I will definitely have a think about all your suggestions & have a look on uTube again. Many thanks puss-in-boots for that link - that was very kind of you.

I will post piccies as soon as I finish her - thanks again :)
Jun 23, 2013 08:04:35   #
Loveknittingtoyz
 
Mariette, EDE wrote:
I think outline the outside with embroidery cotton and a running stitch and the pupil with two colors in satin stitch. Add a touch of white to highlight them. If you make the eyes a bit larger you will increase the innocence .
Make the eyebrows small. Good luck


Gonna have a go at this idea - Thanks Mariette x
Jun 23, 2013 12:22:25   #
Mariette, EDE
 
Hope to see the pics soon
Jun 24, 2013 08:08:34   #
LoriRuth
 
Yes, hope to see pics soon I embroidered eyes for a doll I did recently. I made shapes in my computer in a graphic art program to get the shape I wanted and to keep the size of each eye consistent in size. I was aiming for tear drop eyes. I will see if I can find a picture to attach after this is posted.
OH I also added a nose that was knitted separately. First doll I made so be kind.
Simple Doll

Jun 24, 2013 08:14:46   #
DeeDeeF
 
Shes lovely whats her name?
 
Jun 24, 2013 08:15:13   #
Loveknittingtoyz
 
LoriRuth wrote:
Yes, hope to see pics soon I embroidered eyes for a doll I did recently. I made shapes in my computer in a graphic art program to get the shape I wanted and to keep the size of each eye consistent in size. I was aiming for tear drop eyes. I will see if I can find a picture to attach after this is posted.
OH I also added a nose that was knitted separately. First doll I made so be kind.


Oh LoriRuth she is so adorable - be proud !!!!! Love her x The hair is fantastic too! I spent all afternoon with a crochet hook implanting every strand of hair yesterday - phew. I enjoyed it tho

Good ideas coming thick & fast - thankyou all.
Jun 24, 2013 08:20:52   #
LoriRuth
 
Thank you....I plan on making more dolls but with the legs different. This was just a trial to see if I could knit one. I crochet as well. I haven't given her a name and she is waiting for a home! Nieces slowed down on the babies, LOL! She is just sitting here on a ledge with a crochet comic style helicopter with eyes,. I have a feeling they will be sitting here for a long while.
Jun 24, 2013 08:34:07   #
Loveknittingtoyz
 
LoriRuth wrote:
Thank you....I plan on making more dolls but with the legs different. This was just a trial to see if I could knit one. I crochet as well. I haven't given her a name and she is waiting for a home! Nieces slowed down on the babies, LOL! She is just sitting here on a ledge with a crochet comic style helicopter with eyes,. I have a feeling they will be sitting here for a long while.


Haha I know what you mean - I have knitties all over the place. My daughter says I'm the crazy knitting lady (I'm mad anyway lol) - but I love them. I try to sell them at craft fairs which moderate success so I display a few on my windowsills, and above mirrors - in odd little corners. They look sweet.

Its such a relaxing hobby - like reading a book.
Jun 24, 2013 08:57:57   #
KnitterNatalie (a regular here)
 
Loveknittingtoyz wrote:
Hi

I'm getting near to doing the doll face that I'm making for a friends little girl. He's asked that I make this doll as near to how I think his daughter will look in a couple of years time (no pressure eh?)

I'm going to needle sculpt the face but not sure how to do the eyes. I have previously used eyes painted onto card that I cut out, attach to felt & then finally glue in place. As this is for an 18mth old toddler I want to embroider them on for safety reasons.

Has anyone any tips / designs of how to do this please? I don't want a glamorous teenage look which is all I seem to find on uTube or too babyish - I want the cheeky look of a 3-5 year old who loves to climb trees & get into mischief.

She will have freckles which I will make with french knots, blonde rooted hair & blue eyes.

Many thanks you lovely people ;-)
Hi br br I'm getting near to doing the doll face ... (show quote)


The easiest way would to make the eyes closed, so that you only embroider the arc for the closed upper lid, and lashes...if all else fails.
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