Making Waldorf Dolls
Waldorf Dolls making - its educational!
Making Waldorf dolls is not just a hobby for mothers, but also for numerous other enthusiasts of all ages and genders, around the world. Also known as Steiner dolls, Waldorf dolls were used for educational purposes in the Waldorf form of education. The techniques for making Waldorf dolls are all derived from traditional European doll making forms. Originally Waldorf dolls were made with wool stuffing and cotton interlock knit fabric, and if you are interested in making Waldorf dolls, you will need to get hold some natural materials to use in the doll.
The basic materials required to make Waldorf dolls include wool batting or roving, skin tone cotton, doll-making needle, a sewing machine, nylon stockings, embroidery floss and coordinating thread. But making Waldorf dolls does not always require you to make the entire doll from scratch, starting with collecting the materials. You can also buy yourself a Waldorf doll making kit, which contains all the basic materials you will need to make the doll and clear instructions on how to put the doll together.
Now that you have all the basic materials, you can start making your Waldorf doll. Begin by rolling the wool batting into a firm ball, the size of a baseball if you are looking to make a 16-inch Waldorf doll, and slightly smaller for a 13-inch Waldorf doll. While making the ball, wrap long strips of roving or batting around the ball, and make sure you leave a little batting from one end of the ball. Once you are satisfied with the ball, stuff it into the nylon stocking, and then tie a thread around the base of the ball.
Next place a string vertically across the doll's head, to create the indentation for the eyes. You can also place another string vertically to give the doll's face a more pronounced shape, though this is not necessary. Now either you can cut the skin tone cotton into strips and then sew them over the head to make the face, or you can use a skin toned sock and place the entire head inside it. Generally this skin toned sock is available with Waldorf doll making kits. So if you have one of these kits all you need to do is fill out the sock shapes with wool, sew them together and then sew the hair onto the doll's head. Your doll is ready, waiting for her new set of clothes.
In case you are starting from scratch, then you can use the skin tone cotton strips wrap them around the head, sew them together to form a nice cover for the head. Now cut out the shape of the body of the doll from the skin tone cotton, one for the front and the back each. Sew these two pieces together, leaving an opening at the neck, and then stuff it with wool. Once your doll has attained the ideal shape, you then need to sew the head piece in seamlessly.
Now you are ready to sew on the eyes and the mouth of the doll, which can be done using the embroidery floss. For the doll's hair, use some thick colored wool to create either long or short hair for your doll. Make your own Waldorf doll clothes or use pre-made clothes to dress up your doll. So with just a little effort you can soon become an expert at making Waldorf dolls.