Sunday, February 22, 2015

Doll Making

  Learning something new, takes practice.  A bookbinding teacher once told me you have to create 10 books before your eyes see all the details, your hands feel the touch and your mind learns the process.  Somehow knowing this takes the pressure off learning a new skill...you create without expecting perfection and you create with the wonder of what each will teach you.  You can experiment with fabrics and patterns, while developing your own style. 


So begins my new adventure...doll making, Waldorf inspired dolls.  These dolls are simple in design made with cotton interlock knit and stuffed with wool.  The facial features are intentionally simple to allow the child to strengthen their imagination and creativity. 
My first doll was inspired by Pinterest pins and one of the many videos on youtube.  After drawing a pattern and collecting the needed materials I set to work.
Basically star shaped with tapered arms and legs making him easy to hold would be good for a baby.
I did not name him but I love him.

Next came Lou Lou, I think she looks like the cartoon character Little Lou Lou.  Her body was created using a cashmere sweater, so she is ever so nice to hug.   
My daughter had an imaginary friend named Bellina when she was young...Bellina Ballerina was my next creation.  Her body is quilting cotton and she has a tutu, a must for every ballerina!  The lesson learned here was adding yarn hair.

Those were the first 3.

My dh is a member of the local Rotary Club.  Every spring they have an auction to raise funds for student scholarships.  Last year I made a smocked dress to donate.  This year it is a doll, I will be donating....Doll #4, sounds a bit like Agent 99 from the tv show "Get Smart", so she needs a name.

We had a dear older neighbor, he always called my youngest daughter Sweet Pea....so Sweet Pea it is.
A name for a young lady that is about to make her way out into the world.  The world looks cold and snowy from the window and she loves to snuggle with her baby doll under fuzzy blankets.
I have created a soft carrier/bed so all her favorite things can be kept together.
Of course she will need pajamas and a cuddly bear when she sleeps.
She has some fuzzy mohair slippers in shades of pink that match the buttons on her pajamas.  I will need to include a note about the choking hazard those buttons can pose.  Her new friend/owner will need to be over the age of 3.
A new friend, a playmate, someone to share secrets with.
Someone to love.
Sweet Pea

Love to all,
Deb

18 comments:

deanna7trees said...

seems like your practice went well. i love every one of your dolls and especially the hair on Sweet Pea. wish my first lesson on shaping a face was of this type. they are clever and wonderful.

Laurie M said...

they are each beautiful!! what a wonderful cause as well!

Createology said...

Oh how I love your newest creative endeavor. These dolls are precious. Sweet Pea will be a wonderful gift for some lucky person and Rotary will be that much further ahead on their scholarship fund. I very much like your sharing of the importance of practicing and not expecting perfection first off. Creative Blissful Blessings Deb Dear...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Your dolls are beautiful, Deb! Someone will feel very lucky to have one.
xo
Donna

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I love your dolls. They are all so sweet. Years ago when I sold items at craft shows I made so many dolls. I love making dolls. I have it on my 2015 to do list...we'll see it something else pushes them down the list..lol.
xx, Carol

Mary Ann said...

Very very cute :)

Dorthe said...

Oh , dear Deb, I love your dolls , and their sweet faces, - and Sweet Pea is adorable, with her wonderful clothings and her carrycot ,not to mention her sweetest doll and bear-- what a lovely gift for a little happy girl.
Hugs from Dorthe

desertskyquilts said...

I love dolls, but I've never had a desire to create one. I might in a class, if it were easy enough. =) Yours are wonderful, every single one of them. I love Sweet Pea and the donation she is to help a cause. Someone is going to be very lucky!

Suztats said...

Lovely, soft and cuddly dolls, Deb! I think Sweet Pea is delightful, and I'm sure she'll be well loved by some little someone.

Merlesworld said...

They are good bed dolls no hard bits and good to cuddle in bed.
Merle............

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have admired the Waldorf dolls but never had occasion to make one. Your little ones are so sweet!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

They are all adorable, dear Deb You rock girl:)
Hugs,
Marie

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Just love all your Waldorf dolls Deb. They all look so cute and soft and beautifully made. They will be wonderful gifts!

Jillayne said...

Sweet Pea is absolutely adorable!I love her hair - you must tell me how you did it... I was just reading something last week on shaping faces and now will have to go dig it out again.... Wonderful work!

crazyQstitcher said...

Each of your dolls are wonderful. I especially love Sweet Pea's face and her hair is delightful with the fancy knitting thread.

Someone will love owning her.

Vicki Boster said...

Omgosh-- this is the most precious doll!!! Is there anything that you can't do???? I love her beautiful soft face and her hair!!! And her pajamas!!!! Cutest thing I ever saw:)

Seriously--- I had no idea you did this!! Way way cute!
Vicki

Cheryl said...

Whoa... you've got some mad skills! How utterly adorable!!!!

Beedeebabee said...

Deb, your little dolls are all sooo precious! Sweet Pea instantly stole my heart with her adorable face and that wonderful hair! (those colorful threads you added in are so perfect!) I love her baby doll and her teddy too... and her carry bag as well! Some very lucky little girl will love her to pieces!!!... It's all too cute for words! xoxo

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