How to Needle Sculpt a Cloth Doll's Nose

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Needle sculpting features can be simple or elaborate, but it's always a creative touch
Needle sculpting features can be simple or elaborate, but it's always a creative touch (Image: courtesy A.E.B.)

Adding detailed features to a handmade doll's face can be tricky. To create a dimensional features, try "needlesculpting" the doll's face. Below are the instructions for creating a simple and quick needlesculpted nose using two parallel lines of stitches.

Things You'll Need

  • cloth doll
  • spool of thread (white)
  • needle
  • scissors

Thread your needle, tie a knot in the end and trim the thread.

materials needed
materials needed

Enter the side of the doll's head, along the seam line and next to the site you chose for the doll's nose."Pop" your knot inside, so it's no longer visible on the outside.

Determine how big you want your doll's nose to be -- for a big nose, your parallel stitches should be further apart than for a small nose. Make a small vertical stitch parallel to the "soon to be" nose's side. The needle should exit the stitch on the other side, the space in between determining the size of your nose.

Make a second stitch upwards, parallel to the first. The needle's exit should be on the opposite side, parallel to the first stitch and slighly above. Pull the thread tight to create the "nose's" dimensions.

Continue making parallel vertical stitches using the same method as above, pulling tight each time to create your nose, until you reach the desired length of your nose bridge.

Once the nose is the size you prefer, tie a knot in your thread, close to the point it exits the fabric.

Make a tiny stitch on top of the last one, "popping" your knot inside the doll's head again. Have your needle exit through the head's seam line. Snip the thread so it disappears inside the doll's head.

Be creative: experiment with different sizes, shapes, and lengths for your doll's nose using a variety of opposing stitches; so long as the opposite lines will pull tight to create a dimensional nose, you've accomplished the task.

Alice and her White Rabbit have simple needlesculpted noses
Alice and her White Rabbit have simple needlesculpted noses

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also needlesculpt eyes and lips using tiny parallel stitches.
  • Create "wrinkles" in a doll's face by making a few miniscule stitches spaced wide apart ( no opposing lines needed).
  • Above all, have fun and be creative -- primitive art is at its best when you create something one of a kind.

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