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Tutorial: Weft Supplement by taeliac Tutorial: Weft Supplement by taeliac
You can view the video tutorial here


This is a text-based supplement to go with the video for making sewn wefts for wigs.

This is how I learned how to make them, and I hope it helps you out, too. I know that there are many different methods out there, but I have not had any success with the "no sew" wefts made with caulk (the hair tends to pull out, even out of wigs I've purchased from the 'originator' of that method, which shed even worse than my attempts at home-made one's) and I take exception to most of the other tutorials out there by cosplayers - there are certain aspects of wefts that just get ignored or bowled over just because.

I dun like that, so here is how I've learned how to do them, and I hope you can learn something from them, too.

There will be a follow-up later on (i.e. whenever the hell I can get filming it) about how to sew the wefts into a wig.

Please, I beg of you not to repost/redistribute/steal this tutorial.

©2009 Samantha Lemieux / Taeliac Studio
www.BeAnime.com
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sketchy-ketchup Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Genius!!
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oOForgetfulOo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is the best weft tutorial I've found, and now I have the confidence to begin. Thanks so much for making it.
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AhLahLee Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SO helpful! Thank you! :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm happy to hear it!! :glomp:
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memfox00 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I have to ask, do you use real hair, or the fake hair? What kind do you use?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I usually use synthetic hair for these things - usually, Kanekalon (I think that's how you spell it :O) bundles of hair. I've worked with real hair, but it's way easier to actually ventilate (knot) in than synthetics, although it takes forever to do :faint:
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memfox00 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks!

And keep up the awesome work, you're real inspiration to someone just starting out on sewing!
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OnlyRiku Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Great tutorial ... thanks! ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! I'm happy to help :3
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OnlyRiku Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
>w< <3
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KoryXIII Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Hmm must try it someday :P
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is definitely worth it - easy, and pretty fast, too :3
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DeeDee200 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Wow! This is amazing - thank you so sos o much! You're a life-saver! xD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm very happy to be of help, even a bit (and, woah, I'm sorry for the super duper late reply :faint:)
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Fantasyrhia Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just need to say this...I love you! :heart: Thank you so much for sharing the fact you use an iron and ruler to help fold and crease the wefts. :heart::heart::heart:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I'm glad to help how I can!

I just did a wig this past week, and couldn't find a ruler to use, so I actually used a straightened out hanger wire to help push and hold the fold, I may do another photo tutorial on it, cuz it worked out pretty well, too :3
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Fantasyrhia Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing. :3 I'm so glad that you're willing to share your technique!!

Honestly, thanks to this technique you've shared I'm no longer worried about fighting with the wig fibers as much. :3 Now I just need to pray that my sewing machine doesn't rebel again.

I honestly don't think I can say thank you enough. :33
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Holly-Batali Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have the tutorial for sewing in the wefts? I didn't see it, just wondering if I missed it!
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CreedsGalBirdy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I can't wait to have an opportunity to use it. I've made a few of my own hair pieces and wigs (by the seat of my pants!) and this method probably would have saved me some trouble. Can't wait to see more!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: but, seat of the pants work is always fun! :giggle:

I'm just happy to help, even a bit! :glomp:
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taxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Great one! Would love to see how its sewn into a wig :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm hoping to get to do one of those shortly - I may have just gotten a wig order, so that would give me no excuse not to film it, or at least write it up :giggle:
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taxidermy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Cool :D
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Hansku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is some tutorial for how to attact these to a wig coming up? I've tried it with many failed/bad looking attempts xD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm hoping to get one done soon, but alas, it hasn't been happening as quickly as I hoped it would, but I can give you the quick and dirty in type, and see if that helps :D

What you need to do is set the weft in the wig where you want it, under whatever layers of hair and that sort of thing, and pin it in place - it's best to use those big, yellow headed quilting pins so you can find them again ;P Put as many pins in as you need, but don't go too overboard, cuz you'll wind up stabbing yourself (learned from experience).

Then, take the wig and flip it inside out and put it on a head form - if you have one that is already the size of your head (usually 21" or so) that is the best, but if you just have a styrofoam one, try adding a bit of padding to it, or keep the weft rather loose when you're pinning it in ~

To sew it in, it's easiest to use a curved needle - you can find them at JoAnn's by the upholstery stuff. They're great because they come back to you when you're sewing, but are a little tricky to get used to using!

Thread it up with a heavier thread, or use a regular poly thread doubled over, and hand sew it in like you would anything - keep the stitches about 3/4" apart for the best effect, or a bit closer if you're going to be brushing and styling it a lot :D

I hope that makes sense!! :glomp:
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Hansku Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh thank you it really does help me a lot :glomp:
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Aoime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice tutorial ^^ I want to try it out in the future : )
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray :D I'm happy you like it, and let me know if it's helpful :D
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Magpieb0nes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very helpful, thankyou.

-B
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Mikuru-Yuki Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, thank you, this'll come in handy.
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JMai Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
I could kiss you at the moment! I've been trying to figure out how to give those crappy costume wigs some fullness. My first experience with wigs put me off doing cosplays which required me to wear a wig, but now I hopefully can whip up something decent for my Kei-ou (from Juuni Kokki or The Twelve Kingdoms) cosplay.

I love your tutorials so much! They are so helpful for someone as inexperienced as me ^__^ Thank you!!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, it definitely will help! I don't know if you can work with the really cheap wigs, but it will help use cheaper wigs and add some body to them :D

I know what you mean, though - wigs are such a pain sometimes! If you're doing a really long wig, though (I keep forgetting to add this to the tutorials XP), you'll probably want to do another line of straight stitching over the zig-zag once it's folded over, just to lock the really long hair in place when you brush it ^^; I wound up loosing like 25% of the hair I put into one because I didn't do that XP
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JMai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Thanks for the advice! :D Would you recommend a particular wig brand that would be less stressful to style? I found with really cheap wigs they don't sit properly and there is barely anything there to style! Any tips would be greatly appreciated :glomp:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hrm... well, I usually buy the one's from Amphigory.com for various cosplay purposes - if they're cheaper than say $25-$30 for a shorter wig, you're going too cheap, and they're going to be a pain to work with - sub-par fiber that is kinked, and makes your life a living hell :D
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JMai Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
I see :D Thank you so much for the advice. I'm going to give it another shot with a less cheap wig and see how I go. Again, I really appreciate the advice ^__^
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nepty Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
holy snap thats cool! can you apply this for clip on hair extensions?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes!! I'm working on a few pieces for myself, and using this method to make the wefts, and then put them on toupee clips. I just need to get my hair cut, to get them cut to the right length ;P So, long answer is yes :D
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shutterbugmom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
this was fun to watch just because it was like a one sided visit with you :giggle: i've never done anything with a wig but now can see how easy it would be to make a weft. i was wondering if you used a press cloth when ironing, would that help keep the hair from melting? i got one when i was in 8th grade *i hate to say that was 40 years ago but it was* it is a shear fabric and works great on most delicate things i iron.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I actually think that would help a lot ~ I have a teflon one, and I've considered digging it out and using it, I'm just wayyyyyyy too lazy to do it ;P

Ha, one sided indeed :D In person, with another snarky person around, it can be dangerous ;P
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unasaki Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Excelent!!
This is really great, The video tutorial was awesome too :D
I had no idea wefts were that easy! (well i suppose you made it look easy) XD but i thought they'de be a thousand times more technical. Thanks for putting this up ^_^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
They really are that easy, though!! If you're doing really long hair, you may just need to do another line of straight stitch + zig zag once it's folded over to be sure you caught everything, but they're super simple to do :D

Hehe, I thought they'd be harder than that, too, quite honestly ;P
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unasaki Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
I may practise with some hair my friends giving me XD
She's just brought this amazing silver setharoth ( omg for terrible spelling T_T) wig and is cutting it short for a kingdom hearts cosplay.
So i'm gonna nab some of that ^_^
I may try to make a dollfie wig... oooh if i could pull it off the possibilities would be endless *twinkly eyes* *w*
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooh! Man, yes, definitely get some of that hair if you can :D It's actually not too hard to work with shorter pieces of hair, either - I think I prefer it to the really long one's XP

Doll wigs would be made of love - I don't know anyone who makes them (especially in SD sized, that was the saddest thing of all!) in weird colors, and my girl really needs a bright red wig, I think XP
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YukiTheWindMaster Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
sweet thanks for posting both ^^. it's easier to tell exactly what you where doing with this :hug:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! Which is why I definitely think it's a good idea to have, too - plus, it was easy to do them all at once, and save some time :D Thankies!
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YukiTheWindMaster Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
your welcome =)

it helps thanks
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Artimisia-absinthium Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is a weft?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a track of hair, that is sewn into a wig :D
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Artimisia-absinthium Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, okay :)
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balnibarbi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, this is exactly what I was having trouble with in my Len wig. D8 I will definitely try this out. Thank you so much!
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