I have loved Waldorf/Steiner dolls for a long time. I can’t remember when I first saw one or when I learned they had a name but I absolutely love these little guys and gals. So, as I celebrate the new year, I decided to take on making my first doll as a project. Nothing like starting off the year with a totally new craft! Here are some process shots of where I am at present. I’ve made the head and have needle felted some of the wool which will be stuffed into the arms, legs, and body to make the body form.
Thoughts so far – this is not a project for the faint of heart! It’s crazy how I’m using so many different craft skills in one project! The body is machine sewn, the stuffing is needle felted, the face will be embroidered, and the hair will be crocheted! I’m planning on making this little lady Asian with hair that looks like my sweet pea. I like the idea of children having dolls of all races to play with and I haven’t found an Asian doll so it seemed as good an excuse as any to try my hand at doll making. This fabric is a ” light medium” color to match my daughter’s complexion and was purchased from a lovely Waldorf doll materials seller on Etsy along with the wool stuffing and gauze tubing I needed to make the doll.
While my doll is not yet finished, have a peak over at this Flickr group of Steiner doll photos if you really want to be inspired! There are some amazing doll artists out there! It was on Flickr I first found a visual tutorial for making Waldorf dolls which inspired me to try. I’m using this tutorial along with a Waldorf doll making tutorial I found for free on Craftsy and a book on sewing Waldorf dolls to bring this doll to life. We’ll see if that’s enough counsel to make it work for me!
I’m also attempting my first lace crochet project. I bought a pattern off Etsy a few years ago and when I tried it back then I just couldn’t master it. It wasn’t really complicated, I just was a self-taught lefty crocheter and I couldn’t figure out the directions! It’s such a beautiful pattern that I picked it up again and decided it was time to give it another try. I’m using a Paton lace yarn with tiny sequins throughout. I thought that would make it a “special” scarf for dressy occasions. I’ve finally gotten the hang of the pattern and am loving the result! I can’t wait to finish it and block it!
Does anyone have tips on how to block a scarf and/or other tips for finishing my doll and making her some cute clothes? Yet again…something I’ve never done – welcome new year!!!