Wednesday 25 January 2017

doll making

My first 'Waldorf style' doll. She is made from this pattern (appr. 30 cm long) I made her clothes without a pattern (just by trial and error;) I wanted to try this technique for quite a while.

She is having a chat with an older teddy bear friend, also made by me. 

In the mean while a friend and I started a workshop at Wolletje wit in Alphen aan de Rijn to make a 'Walldorf style' doll filled with sand. Technically a more challenging job because of all the sand filled limbs inside of her. She is a lot bigger, about 50 cm long.

The doll on the left is made by my friend Marieke and the one on the right by me. I learned a lot of new things and we had a wonderful two days filled with hard work, good lunches and a very friendly and skillful teacher, the owner of Wolletje Wit, Kitty .

Pip still needs a warm sweater, but here she shows her new (reversible)dress.

While waiting for the second day of the workshop ( There were two weeks between the first and second day) I decided to try to make a 'fiber art doll' on my own. To make such a doll, there are a lot more felting techniques involved to sculpture a doll face. For this doll I bought a pattern at this Etsy shop. A good, clear detailed pattern with lots of photo's. It is intriguing to make a face yourself!!! As if you are meeting a new caricature for the first time.

Here she is again with the small first doll. No clothes yet, so she is wrapped in a doll quilt. For her hair I used wool from Iceland. I didn't want to use too expensive doll hair because it was to practice doll making for me.

 Here she is with her new outfit and surrounded by lots of new furry friends who are very curious about this new family member!
I called her Miyuki. This also means deep snow and because she is very white and happens to wear clothes made of Japanese fabrics, this name seems appropriate.
(All things furry made by me except for the kiwi, he is made by Ty).

I find it almost impossible to stop making dolls....I still have this needle felted head and a new piece of fabric waiting so may be I will try to make one more.

But first this tomorrow back to quilting: a workshop by Margaret Sampson George  in Amsterdam here. I'm so excited and very curious!!!



ineke said...

Wat een leukerd zeg. Veel plezier bij je workshop kom je vast bekende tegen. Groetjes ineke

Elizabeth said...

Wat ontzettend leuk! Ja, dat zou ik ook nog eens graag leren...
Je hebt er echt veel plezier in hè..

Nifty Quilts said...

These dolls are so lifelike and soft. Really beautiful. I feel like I could sit and have a very sweet conversation with each one of them. I've never tried needle felting. Maybe someday.

Pauline said...

Heerlijk om je eigen poppen te maken, ook hier heb je een talent voor.

Annelein said...

Leuk zo'n waldorf popje... Er komen er vast nog wel meer...