Making dolls is one of those things i seem to always come back to. i started making rag dolls several years before i had children. Then was my daughter was born i fell in love with Waldorf style dolls, but they weren't affordable and so i decided to learn to make them.
i made her a new doll every year for her birthday. In this photo all of the dolls are made by me except the one on the far right. The first two on the left i made for her before she was even born. The second one from the right is the first waldorf style doll i ever made.
This one was made in 2012 for her 6th birthday, but was lost a year later in our house fire along with all of her other dolls.
These are the dolls i made for her 2013, 2014 and 2015. As ,much as i loved the Waldorf look i really struggled with them. i had thought about making them to sell, but just never felt that confident with the pattern and really struggled with them.
This year i decided to try again, but instead of following the Waldorf patterns i had been using before i went back to my old rag doll pattern. i used what i had learned from the Waldorf technique of sculpting heads and combined it with a pattern i was more comfortable with. Just like that- it all seemed to come together. The areas i struggled with before are no longer a problem and i'm very happy with how the dolls are turning out.
The last few weeks i've been working on them non-stop. i have 7 almost completed and 3 more started. i'm really enjoying the process of seeing them come together. i'm still just trying to find and perfect shoe and sweater patterns, details like bags and hats etc. The dolls typically go through several outfit changes before i figured out their personality. Then i begin to add the extras.
These girls are waiting on shoes and bags. The doll on the left will probably have another outfit change, as i'm not really loving the pastels on her.
This one was my least favorite of the bunch until i figured out her personality, and then she just came together perfectly.
Every year i start off making dolls, then abandon them once gardening season starts. This year i'm really trying to stick with it. i feel like this is the year, this is what i am meant to be doing right now. i truly do love the process of seeing them come together, now i just need to work on the finishing process and actually listing them for sale. :) Everything in it's own time.