Waldorf doll resources: a list

Posted on oktober 4th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm in found,tutorial,waldorf dolls by Meike

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve finally gotten round to adding a Waldorf Doll Resources list to this weblog. On it, you’ll find links to books, DVDs, online patterns and tutorials I have collected over the years. I hope you’ll find it of use! If there’s anything missing that you think should be on there, do not hesitate to let me know, either by sending me an email (meike{AT}starrysheep{DOT}com) or by leaving a comment.

But before you go (and I cannot stress this often enough), please note:

Most of the patterns I am linking to are for personal use ONLY. Please respect the original owner’s copyright – do NOT claim any of these as your own and do NOT copy or redistribute any of these patterns/instructions in any way without asking the original copyright owner’s express permission first!

Thanks… and enjoy!

Waldorf Doll Resources: a list

on sewing

Posted on augustus 17th, 2009 @ 10:32 pm in sewing,tutorial by Meike

aardbei I must be the slowest (I was going to write sewer, but that just didn’t sound… right 😆 ) seamstress on earth. It took me one whole morning to complete a strawberry! And I’ve been slaving away at a donut all evening today… Phew.

Yes, you guessed it, December in  August. And at the rate I’m going, it’s a good thing I’m starting early this year, or I’ll never ever get those December presents ready in time! We’re planning on gifting the little ones a play kitchen (which still *ahem* has to be built as well, unless we decide to be lazy cowards and get the IKEA one), and while I’ve been squirreling away various objects over the course of this year (kitchen utensils, a cake stand, the sweetest  porcelain polka dotted tea set), what has been sadly lacking so far is food. Which will be remedied in due time. One hopes. 😀

I’m back to my stitching now, but I’ll leave you with a link to a VERY useful tutorial on making a neat blanket stitch, essential for slow sewers seamstresses.

Futuregirl’s Hand Sew Felt Using Blanket Stitch Tutorial.

Waldorf doll hair: centre back seam clarified

Posted on augustus 15th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm in tutorial,waldorf dolls by Meike

2999301832_e911ab286A couple of people have told me they had problems covering the back of their doll’s head when using my tutorial, and since I remember having the exact same problem when I first started making this kind of hair, I thought I’d clarify!

I haven’t got my original model Lina here at the moment, since she’s still hanging out at my friend Stefanie’s house, probably drinking Summer cocktails and thoroughly enjoying herself! 😀

Fortunately, Mina offered to take her place. Thank you Mina!

The trick with getting the back of the head covered is to add enough yarn as a whole, especially at the back. Also, having more than one layer helps.

What I do is this: my first layer of yarn, spread out from the front to the back of the head, covers the doll from forehead to about halfway down the back of her head. I stitch this down in the middle, until just below the crown, bunching up the surplus yarn at the back as I stitch (because it originally went halfway down when spread out, and I’m now securing it until just below the crown, I’ve got some extra yarn).  After it has been secured, I fingercomb this extra yarn down the back of the head, starting at the crown. Unfortunately, I can’t show you any pictures of this part right now, as most of my dolls-in-progress are still in boxes waiting to be unpacked! But I hope my description will be sufficient for now.

The next step is to stitch this first layer all around the head as usual, starting at the side, at eye level,  making sure to gradually dip down a bit when you reach the back of the head, and up again to the other side. Like this:

side view stitching

And seen from the back:

back view stitching

This should leave you with a well covered head!

A ‘regular’ second or even third layer of yarn, stitched down just in the middle, will make it look even better.

centre seam stitching at the back

See?

And combed down, it’ll look like this:

hair combed down

I hope this helps! Please let me know if there’s anything that’s still unclear, and I’ll do my best to clarify things a bit more!

© Meike, August 2009.

**Feel free to link to this tutorial , but please do not upload it to your own site / duplicate it in print. **

Waldorf Doll Hair Tutorial

Posted on november 3rd, 2008 @ 4:13 pm in tutorial,waldorf dolls by Meike

A Waldorf Doll Hair Tutorial – Or: how to make Lina’s hair. 🙂

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What you need:

– Yarn in the desired hair colour. This can be any yarn you like, from sock yarn to DK weight yarn to mohair. It all depends on the size of your doll, and the desired look. For Lina, I used Dream in Color Smooshy.
– Tissue paper
– Painter’s tape
– Sewing thread in (preferably) the colour of the yarn you’re using for the hair
– A sewing machine
– A CD cover or book to wrap the yarn around

How it’s done:

Wrap as much yarn as you need to cover the head (from forehead to halfway down the back of the head) around a CD cover or book (depending on the length you’d like the final wig to be). Make sure all threads of yarn are neatly arranged. A bit of overlap is okay, but there shouldn’t be any big gaps.

Secure the yarn with painter’s tape on both sides of your CD cover or book. You should have an opening of about 1 inch (approximately 2.5 cm) in the middle.

NB: I use painter’s tape instead of sellotape, because it’s less adhesive and thus can be removed more easily later on.