The technique for creating a Long Mane is very similar to the Medium length Mane as shown in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF. The main difference is the use of a larger piece of Carton Board/Cardboard.
This Tutorial is a Photographic Record of how I made a Long Mane. A different sized piece of Carton Board/Cardboard can be used to create a Mane & Forelock of a different length if the size mentioned here isn’t possible using the materials you have at hand.
The measurement of 12” OR 30.5 cm aids in having the required number of strands for the Mane and Forelock and the length of 10” OR 25.5 cm allows for each strand to be folded in half and knotted onto a length of Ribbon. The length can be longer or shorter depending on whether you plan to have the Mane Braided in Loops or in some other decorative Horsey Hair style or whether it is just left to free to flow.
The needed items:
- Cutting Mat
- Craft Knife
- Carton Board/Cardboard
I measured & cut one rectangle 10” x 3 ¼” OR 25.5 cm x 8 cm and one 12” x 12” OR 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm. Notches were cut (as shown) in the Carton Board/Cardboard to hold the Yarn/Wool while it was being wound around the board.
Having the ends of the Yarn/Wool secured in the first notch I wound the Yarn/Wool around and around the board until I was level with the second notch.
I also prepared the short length of Ribbon that I would need to create the Forelock. This was done by tying a knot close to the cut end. The knotted end of the Ribbon was then slotted into the notch that was cut in the narrower piece of Carton Board/Cardboard. A second knot was tied at a suitable position so as to allow for the Ribbon to be slotted through second notch as shown. The excess Ribbon was then trimmed off.
After removing the short length of Ribbon from the Carton Board/Cardboard I repeated the procedure using the other set of notches to make a longer length of ribbon with knots in the end for to hold the strands of Yarn/Wool that would form the Mane. Using General purpose Scissors and the edge of the Carton Board/Cardboard as a guide I cut the Yarn/Wool into lengths.
As you can see from the photo the ‘wavy’ effect of the Yarn/Wool has been created during the manufacturing process by wrapping a thin thread around the spun fleece. If I had been knitting or crocheting with this Yarn/Wool there would be no potential problems as long as the beginning and end of the yarn was fastened off in a suitable and secure way. However in order to create the Mane and Forelock for the Hobby Horse the Yarn/Wool has been cut into lengths (as described above) and thus the cut end could potentially unwind so that the entire length of the Yarn/Wool would simply fall apart. Usually cutting Yarn/Wool to length results in a relatively fray/unwind resistant strand but this Yarn/Wool is different therefore it is necessary to tie a knot in both ends of every strand of Yarn/Wool.
Note: If the Yarn/Wool selected does not have the same problematic characteristics the knotting of the ends can be skipped entirely as it is not necessary!
To make the Mane I worked using one length of Yarn/Wool at a time. I made a loop in a length of Yarn/Wool) so that the cut (and in this case also knotted) ends were even with each other. I then positioned the length of Yarn/Wool behind the Ribbon. Next I passed the cut (and in this case also knotted) ends through the loop then pulled tight to form a knot. The same procedure was used over and over until the Ribbon was completely covered as shown in the following photo.
With the completed Mane removed from the Carton Board/Cardboard the Forelock can now be constructed in the same manner.
To recap the procedure make a loop in a length of Yarn/Wool) so that the cut (and in this case also knotted) ends are even with each other. Positioned the length of Yarn/Wool behind the Ribbon then pass the cut (and in this case also knotted) ends through the loop then pull tight to form a knot. Use the same procedure over and over until the Ribbon is completely covered as shown in the photo.
The completed Forelock and Mane are now ready to be used following the directions given in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF.
As this Mane is quite long it is possible to create a Horsey Hairdo that features Looped Braids. The process is described in the Tutorial titled Hobby Horse Tutorial: How to Braid a Mane.