Isn’t she sweet? I bought her from Bamboletta, which is actually incredibly difficult to do. They are all handmade by a team of sewing mamas and they put up a couple dozen of them for sale every Friday. They ALL sell out within about 3 seconds. I’m not kidding you.
They’re not cheap, that’s for sure. And I’m not even going to tell you how much I paid. You can figure it out from the website if you really want to know. But I think it’s worth it. It takes the ladies about 12 hours to make one doll and everything that does into it is natural. Meaning no plastic or man-made materials like polyester fiberfill (it’s stuffed with wool roving).
Anyway, I just love her! Shane calls her my doll, as in “Marie, I’m putting your doll on our bed since Ana just left her on the floor.” Ana does like her, but I guess she’s a bit young to appreciate her. She insists on the doll being naked, which annoys me a bit. I guess it wouldn’t annoy me so much if she didn’t hide the clothes from me.
If you look closely you can see her belly button in the picture below. So cute!
I’m a crafty girl and I’m pretty confident in my abilities, but there are certain things that I just can’t do. At least not with a few years of practice. And these dolls are one of those things. That’s not to say I’m not going to take this challenge! I bought all the supplies (except the wool batt) from Weir Dolls and Crafts and used the book Making Waldorf Dolls as a guide.
I decided to start off small. But maybe I went too small because this little pillow creature turned out to be very uninspiring.
I’m seriously thinking about detaching the body and doing something else. The Waldorf Doll book talks about using with pipe cleaners in the arms and legs to make the doll bendable. I think that’s a great idea, so I might do that.