|How to: Clean a 10in Patty O'Green Doll|
As a recent project we took a couple of 10” Patty O'Green dolls and decided to show you how to restore and clean them.
One Patty has been exposed to air and dust for over 15 years, and has a gruesomely stained dress. Another Patty has loose hair, but a good dress. We are going to start with cleaning our dolls then restoring them.
First thing we need to do is remove the yellow from her body and her dress. Remove the dress from the doll. Taking cold water and wool wash, we make two bowls of solution.
In the second bowl of solution put the dress in it. Let is sit for five minutes, then rub the stained areas with the cold water solution. Squeeze, but do not wring the dress in the water. Allow to soak for another 30 minutes before again, rubbing the fabric, gently with your fingers.
After an hour has past, squeeze, but do not wring the doll's body out. If the doll's body is not clean from a spot cleaning they will most likely need a run in the washer. For Patty, you want to try and avoid this. Her sleeve accents match her dress which are a metallic lame, and this can rub off while in the washer. But, if you do not mind this and want your doll clean, this is how you will need to prep her a run in the washer.
After your doll is soaked, then wrapped up, put it into the washer, on a cold gentle cycle.
Once all washing is done, allow the doll and the dress to dry over night.
Now the face is clean, look over your doll. Does she have any linted areas? The yarn in her hair may have some lint balls, and in this case her hand did also. With a pair of small scissors carefully cut the balls away. You have to be careful not to cut the hair or fabric of the hands while doing this.
Also, use tweezers or your fingers to remove any lint from the Velcro in her right hand.
As you can tell, these braids are loose from age, but since we aren't replacing the ties, we won't re-braid them. However will will re-ribbon them. But since we are doing two Patty dolls, we will show you have to re-braid hair from our second doll, then show you how to ribbon them both.
For our second Patty, her hair is already loose, so we will dress and re-braid her hair.
First fold the cord together and knot the end.
Then we will need to part her hair. All the dolls were given a natural part in their hair, so you need to find this part in the middle of the head. Once you have found it, slowly part and straighten the hair out.
Pull once side of the parted hair up high on her head. The pigtails on the Patty O'Green dolls are located on the very top of her head right next to the parts. Once you have found this place, you will need to smooth the yarn hair out so that it lays flat and even all the way around. Then wrap your fingers around where the tie will be and wrap the knotted tie around the hair.
It should wrap around twice, if not 3 times depending on how stretchy your elastic tie is.
Once you have both pigtails tied, divide the hair in to 3 sections and braid tightly.
Do not be afraid to pull it tight. Once you have it near the end, tie the end of the braid with another elastic tie. You should now have 2 braids which stick straight up. This is normal.
Now we will need to tie ribbons to the hair.
Wrap the green ribbon around the hair tie at the base of the braid.
Make 2 loops and then knot the loops together.
Do this for both braids, then turn the doll right side up.
Here are both of our Patty O'Green dolls. Cleaned and fully dressed.