|This is Wei. Her favorite color is "rainbow". She wears custom undies made by The Eli Monster (pattern soon to be released) and likes to bathe in the kitchen sink.|
Next, Karin Baker (Domino Pads) decided to make one too! She spun the hair herself from wool roving. And she made the entire doll from scratch! She started out buying a doll form but ended up wanting more details, like the more life-like eyes and the sculpted fingers and toes. She even made her a dress to match her daughter's dress too!
|Karin's daughter just got this gorgeous dollie for her birthday! Aren't they both just adorable?! And those matching frocks (*sigh & smile*)!|
Actually, Karin got bitten so badly by the doll-making bug, she started making some to sell! They are unbelievably gorgeous! When she takes up a new interest, she really goes for it! She is all about the fun, the love and quality! Here are some of the dolls she has been making:
|Aren't they amazing?! Check out her shop, Spinster's Fairytales to see more. She even sells the yarn for the hair if you wish to make your own doll.|
And then, Gretchen (formerly of Smox on Etsy- we have two of her art smox that we LOVE) decided to make "Astoria" for her daughter, also for a birthday present. She also used a doll form and chose beautiful aqua hair.
|On the left is the doll form with the yarn laid on top. Look how happy the little birthday girl looks! So sweet!|
So, of course, my kids needed dollies too! I so wished I could buy a doll form (or be as quick a learner as Karin)...... but, alas! I have to make due with what I have on hand. I knew right away which yarn I would use for their hair. It is hand spun wool that I got through trades from another crafty mom friend (Spindle Spun who I know from diaperswappers). I have been trying to come up with worthy projects for a long time.
I started with the boy doll for my son since there is no shortage of girl dolls in this house already. I roughly followed this tutorial, but I had some batting that I decided to use for the head and then I used some stuffing for the body. For the girl doll, I was all out of stuffing, so I unstuffed a throw pillow that I didn't need. The boy doll turned out kind of heavy, and the girl doll much lighter (& a little smaller).
|I made the eyes and mouth bigger than a usual Waldorf doll just because I was trying to make him look a little more like my son.|
Obviously, I have been making some clothing for the dolls too: Undies (girl's from The Eli Monster's pattern, boxers from my pattern). I made some jeans, a cardigan, and a hat for the boy, and a sweater, a lacy knitted skirt, and another pair of undies for the girl. All the other clothes (the two knitted vests, the knitted dress, and all the booties) were my kids' newborn clothes. What luck they fit their dolls! I had been wondering what to do with those things I spent so much time making.....
|My son on the left wearing the white knit vest, and in the middle wearing a hat made from the same yarn as his dolls' hair. My daughter on the right wearing the knit dress. Do those two babies look alike or what?!|
So, I know my dolls turned out very crude, lumpy and wonky, especially in comparison to the dolls above, but my kids love them, so I am calling it a success.