Since having my baby daughter, I began a new hobby of collecting dolls. Not just any dolls mind you, but custom Waldorf inspired dolls which have been handmade to look like her! Meaning I work closely with the doll makers to create the cutest dolls in my daughter’s image. It takes a lot of messages back and forth to get the right look and to choose all the options such as hair color, style and material like mohair, eye shape and color, body color, type (jointed or non jointed), size, customized/monogrammed clothing etc. I am proud to say that in working with these talented doll makers they have become my friends and inspiration for new dolls yet to come! 🙂
Doll collecting is not new to my family. My mother has quite the collection of her own! As does my grandmother on my fathers side.
Waldorf dolls are special and unique in their own right. From Wikipedia: Waldorf Dolls
“Made of wool and cotton, using techniques drawing on traditional European dollmaking, its appearance is intentionally simple in order to allow the child playing with it to improve or strengthen imagination and creativity. For instance, it has no facial expression. Its legs and arms are flexible, allowing natural postures.
Traditional Waldorf dolls are made from cotton interlock knit fabric and wool stuffing. They are often entirely natural. Typically the trademark long hair of a Waldorf doll is made of mohair or boucle. Some doll makers use alternative hair material such as wool, rayon, and cotton. The facial features of a Waldorf doll vary with the maker. Most Waldorf dolls have small suggestions of noses, their eye and mouth colors are generally varied with each doll.”
Here is one of the first Waldorf dolls that I had custom made for my daughter. She wears a kimono and second outfit made from Japanese rabbit and cherry blossom fabric that I picked out. Sakura means “cherry blossom” in Japanese. Aren’t her little sandals just the cutest ever too? 😉 The doll maker Jenn from Lali Doll Nursery is an absolute joy to work with!
Perhaps future blog posts will be dedicated to showcasing the numerous handmade dolls and clothing I have been collecting for my daughter.