Friday, May 4, 2012

Making Dolls: Different Approaches

Dollmaking encompasses a wide variety of styles and approaches and I like to dabble in quite a few of them.............here are some recent ones that are poles apart in concept.
The first one is more or less in the tradition of a Waldorf play doll - I say more or less, because this doll with fingers, toes, knees and nose has a fair bit more detail than the really traditional Waldorf dolls.......but I couldn't resist! It is definitely play-proof, though. She is just waiting for some clothes knitted and sewn from natural fabrics and yarns.
The second pensive little miss is far more detailed and while she could be played with, she is not as robust as the other. She is quite small (see reference to hand in one picture) so painting the face and hair presented a bit of a challenge. She's still waiting for her unders (of course!) and I'm going to make her some leather shoes. Both of these dolls will be for sale in my Etsy store next week.








9 comments:

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

The second doll is so delicate and looks like it could be handed down in the family :-} the first is very cute!

Lorraine

Hanni said...

They are all so lovely, you are one talented lady.

Rebecca said...

Waldorfs are the perfect huggy doll! The second one is so sweet, I was amazed to see how small she is! Love her cheeks in the 3/4 view!

JanMarieDollsandPrims said...

I have been wanting to try a waldorf..did you use the traditional wool stuffing for the head and body?
I love the face of the second baby...she did not appear that small until the photo with your hand for comparison..love your work...thanks for sharing...

Susan McMahon said...

Thanks for commenting, all!
JanMarie, I did use wool stuffing, but I think the body fabric is not exactly as it should be (100% cotton). I think it has a proportion of synthetic in it, judging by the stretch. The hair is 100% mohair, though, hooked onto a crochet cap and the features are embroidered. You should give it a go - they are fun to make.

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

My two year old granddaughter would love your little Waldorf, but her grandmother (me) loves the pensive little miss. She has a bit of a different Susie look, but it is a great look!

Mary Ann said...

I think both of them are just lovely. The second doll is very precious.

Rhissanna said...

The Waldorf is sweet, as Waldorfs always are. There is something that is pure genius about a doll design that always looks right. I've never seen an ugly Waldorf.

The little doll, though, she's a darling! I'm a real sucker for photos of tiny dolls being held, it really reveals the scale and shows how delicate they are. She's lovely.

maddyrose said...

I've never tried a Waldorf doll but after seeing yours I'm wanting to try one. I need to do some research first. The second little darling is very sweet and the smallness makes her even more amazing. You do wonderful work.

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