Friday, January 8, 2010
Making A Waldorf Doll for Indi
A little girl named Indi is going to start going to a Waldorf school in Australia on February 1. In celebration of the special day, Indi's mother commissioned me to make her daughter a 16" doll. Indi loves pastel pink and purple, and wanted a fair-skinned doll with blue eyes and light blond hair. I gathered some fabric samples from my collection and chose three. I kept them close by as I sewed the doll. Some of these colors have a delicious feeling of the movie "Antoinette" to them. That movie made me want to carry a toy dog around, eat cherry-topped pastries, and wear pastel again.
I made the doll's head first, and shaped the skull with strong crochet cotton.
Then I sewed the fair cotton jersey skin onto the head. The seams go under the hair. I pricked my finger, which explains the Sponge Bob Square Pants band-aid.
Once I finished the head I sewed and stuffed the body with wool and put everything together. I like to make the doll's tummy round, like a real little girl's.
I embroidered a face. I didn't photograph this step because I think seeing a needle going into the doll's face might look gruesome to children! I sewed a coil of mohair all around the doll's head.
I used a non-toxic German blush on the doll's cheeks and she came to life.
I gave her an abundance of hair in two thick ponytails, and tied on some satin ribbons. Little girls love to play with hair. This hair can be stroked and finger combed. It feels warm and wonderfully real.
Next came her clothes. I love to mix patterns, and this is what I came up with.
Here is the finished doll. I wonder what name Indi will give her new doll?
The doll seems to have a happy energy and eagerness in her body and expression. She is ready to become a friend and companion to Indi, and a very special part of her childhood.
Look under "Beth's Stories" in the right hand column to see some stories about Zibby and the Pirate, two of the dolls I made, and some of their animal friends.
You can fine a link for my online etsy store, primroses, in the right column.