I'm not sure why I love it so much. There is something soothing about slowly creating something with my hands. My dolls use methods that havnt changed much throughout time. They are created using wool, cotton and strong cotton string. There is very little machine sewing in them. They are peiced together by hand. Each seam is over sewn three times with strong tiny stitches to ensure the doll withstands a life time of play.
I think sewing in general is something that has changed very little over time. My machine is good but basic. I guess there are a few extra stitches these days. There is still cutting, measuring, pinning. There is something soothing in that process.
Sometimes people are surprised by the price of a doll. But there are many contributing factors. Firstly I use all natural, top quality material. I love the fact that if one of my dolls was buried in the earth, it would breakdown and disappear.
Unlike a plastic doll. I actually don't mind plastic dolls as a concept. What does frustrate me is cheap, plastic dolls that are sold a dime a dozen. Little girls today have many, many dolls. The concept of a waldorf doll is that you just have one. Maby two as the child grows. Instead of buying lots of cheap ones.
Anyway I finished the dress I was working on and was so much happier with a raised hem. I was thrilled to bits when I nipped into our local quilting store and the owner complemented me on the neckline. She really knows her stuff and is a serious sewer and I was kinda chuffed!
Is it a bird?..... Is it a plane?.....no it's Super Gus!!
Gussy has a 'star night' at kindy next week. I really wanted to avoid a formal character if I could. Also the store bought costumes can be expensive and often made from synthetic fibres which are really hot! So I made him a 'Super Gus' costume. A cotton cape, felt eye mask and a simple embroidery and appliqué on a plain navy cotton t-shirt he had. Oh and I couldn't go past buying him some leggings, all super Heros wear tights right?! 😉The lot was less then $15 and really simple to do. Gus absolutely loves it and is wearing his cape everywhere!
I have been pottering away working on some dolls too. I made a tiny doll and ringsling for this girl I did a few weeks back today...'Holly' and her baby are still looking for their forever home. I think baby wearing dolls are my favorite.
And I'm working on this big custom girl....here is a sneak peak!
And I have started a baby wearing give away set! She will be available on my Facebook page when she is done. Here is where I am up to so far and my inspiration fabrics.
I love these dolls so much but I know due to the high quality, natural fibres and many hours work that go into each one that they are often out of people price range. I really hope this set goes to someone who will love them who otherwise wouldn't have been able to justify such a special handcrafted doll.
If you are interested please feel free to like my page so you can see when the give away opens. I imagine it will not be for a week or two.