Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Website and Downloadable DVD!

My bright and shiny new website has now been uploaded here:  Please let me know what you think.

The other piece of exciting news is that my DVD is now in downloadable form, so you don't have to wait for it to be sent.

New Downloadable Waldorf Doll Making DVD

How To Weight A Doll - TUTORIAL

Weighted dolls feel so amazingly real, and children feel comforted by the solid feeling of the extra weight. The best dolls to weight are the baby dolls, and in this tutorial I am weighting the DreamTime baby from this pattern. I use quartz sand to weight my dolls because, for one, it is in abundance where I live and, for two, I have tried rice and millet and both got eaten - once by mice and the other by weevils! So I find sand the best product to weight dolls. I usually stick to between 200-250gms of extra weight, because any more than that puts too much pressure on the stitching and fabric.
Step 1: Find some sand. My backyard is full of it! Put it through a sieve and throw away any sticks or sharp bits.
2. Sew a bag (approx 3.5"-2.5") using the sewing machine on a small stitch, fill with sand to 200-250gms
3. Tightly hand sew the open bit, and soften the corners of the bag.
4. Now the bag is ready to place inside the doll's body.
5. Encase with wool stuffing:
6. Stuff the buttocks of the doll;
7. Push the bag, surrounded by wool stuffing into the lower belly region of the doll's body, then continue stuffing as before:
8. Use a wooden spoon to make sure that body is stuffed evenly.
9. Sew doll as per the rest of the pattern:

Your doll is ready! 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave a message below.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Welcome to Another Year of Waldorf Doll Making

Hello fellow Waldorf Doll makers!

Yes, I am still here and going strong. I'm still homeschooling this year and probably next year as well, so my priorities have shifted to selling the DVDs, downloadable patterns and supplies. The custom made dolls will return again once we're reached our homeschooling goals.

Stay tuned as there may be some exciting new options coming up, using all the latest technology, for teaching dollmaking from my website.

If you have any questions, or have any difficulties whatsoever, please don't hesitate to contact me.