After me bravely hogging Oxfordshire, I knew there was one more pony I had to give a little makeover. I've always wanted to try giving a Julip plaits and I decided Whiskers was the one to get them. Just like with Oxfordshire, I've always liked him, but for some reason I never pulled him out to take photos of. His mane were very full and I never really seemed to find a good way to tame it.
So this afternoon I was done with it and pulled out his mane (which was very, very difficult actually) and gave him plaits. I used a technique that was explained to me a few years ago on the Julip forum (I couldn't remember who gave it to me, but it was astudyinscarlet . Let me include the quote!
You mean braids like individual plaits like on dressage horses? (Not some kind of fancy Spanish horse braids or whatever cos I can't do those). If so I'd pull the old mane out and make plaits out of embroidery thread (or sometimes yarn but they tend to get bulkier). You plait a long length together, tie knots in that long plait at intervals to form the individual plaits then you poke the sections in between the knots into some glue in the neck slot leaving the knots showing on top. That's how I did the plaits on the horse in my icon.
I've to say it's a lot easier to do then I imagined! Even easier then rehairing with mohair! I thought it would be nice to show you and pull up the quote again, so that it's easy to find back for whomever I'd like to give it a go themselves.
Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge astudyinscarlet ! And now for the photos... don't you think Whiskers looks incredibly handsome now?