Posted on mei 14th, 2010 @ 5:35 pm in sewing,toys,waldorf dolls by Meike

There! She’s done! During our mini-holiday this past week, I finished the doll I made during Fröken Skicklig’s dollmaking course a few weeks ago. Please meet Stella! 🙂

I am extremely pleased with the way she’s turned out, as is my daughter Nynke. 🙂 She’s usually a cars kind of girl, but she took to Stella immediately. Maybe there’s a girly girl in there somewhere after all?

dollmaking in Amsterdam

Posted on april 24th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm in waldorf dolls by Meike

Once again, I have been absent for much too long – seems like a recurring theme here… Nothing much has come from my hands lately, and that just doesn’t feel right.

But today, today I was creatively inspired. I went to Amsterdam for the first day of my dear friend Juliane’s  dollmaking course, and it was just SO much fun! This is the result of today’s hard work:

dollmaking a la Juliane :)

Tomorrow, we’ll be doing the body, and if all goes well, we’ll all be able to take a complete doll home with us, Fröken Skicklig style. 🙂 Thanks so much Juliane, you’re the best teacher (and a very, very sweet person besides!), and it’s wonderful you’re willing to share your techniques with us!



Posted on januari 31st, 2010 @ 4:34 pm in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

At long last! I’ve finished a doll! Goodness gracious, I don’t even want to think about how long it took. It’s too embarrassing! Without further ado, may I present you…


Held here by my son, who only agreed to do it after I bribed him. Ungrateful little creature. 😉

Anyhow! Handmade by me from top to toe, and now available in my Etsy store. More pictures can be found on Flickr!

getting back…

Posted on december 7th, 2009 @ 2:06 pm in daily life,etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

DSC01057… into the swing of things, I hope!

In retrospect, I seem to have taken a little break from dollmaking. Not intentionally; it just happened.

Just now, as I was packing up Gwendolina, who’ll be off to her new home tomorrow, I felt a little flicker, though. A little spark. Something that said: there are many more dolls waiting to be made. Some of them are almost finished, even. Wouldn’t it be fun to… you know?

So… who knows! Now that my crafting for Saint Nicholas is done, I may pick up one of these half finished babies… Perhaps I can even get one into my shop in time for Christmas! Or would that be pushing it too far? Hm…

Anyhow. I need to answer some questions, too. Long overdue, I apologize!

Sophie: I never use the second vertical string like they do. They seem to have a different method, which I don’t completely understand either. I just use two strings: one horizontal, to make the eye line, and one vertical, to create the chin and cheeks. After stitching the two together at the ears, the horizontal one gets lowered to (almost) the neck, to create the back of the head.

Nan: I am sorry, but no, I don’t sell patterns. I usually make up my own or convert exisiting baby clothes pattern to doll size. Are you on Ravelry? I run a Waldorf Dolls group there, and we’ve managed to collect quite a few patterns. Which I still need to organize into a comprehensive list, but that’s another story. 🙂

dolls & cake

Posted on oktober 20th, 2009 @ 4:10 pm in daily life,sewing,waldorf dolls by Meike

Is there anything better than dollmaking, homemade tarte tatin and tea?

on my table

I think not. 🙂

Mima’s cardi

Posted on oktober 10th, 2009 @ 4:29 pm in etsy,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

Mima's second cardi

Hurray, Mima’s cardi is done! It’s always the buttons that take me longest… 😉

I’ve also been working on her undies (you can just see them above her tunic’s neckline), and I’m almost done with her pants; just need to knit the gusset closed. Then it’s on to the booties (probably in the same colour as her cardigan), and after that: off to the shop!

I’ll keep you posted.

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


Posted on september 29th, 2009 @ 9:49 am in found,waldorf dolls by Meike

For Kate: my two new books. 🙂

Frohliche Puppen SelbstgemachtThe first is Fröhliche Puppen selbst gemacht, by Freya Jaffke. Not yet available in English, but I am certain there will be a translation in the near future; most of Jaffke’s books have been translated into a number of languages. I must say though that I was a bit disappointed by this book. Nothing new in it for me, and I don’t much care for the tone in which it is written. Much too pedantic, in a I-know-how-you-should-be-raising-your-children way. Maybe that’s just me – I like the Waldorf way, but I’d like to make my own decisions, thank you very much. I’m not one for blindly sticking to one theory or way of life, and I definitely do not like people telling me “this is what you’ve got to do or your child will end up depraved”. I don’t think my children will be lesser persons if they’re not surrounded by Waldorf all the time. It’s all about balance, that’s what I think. Anyhow! I’ll get off my soap box now. 😉 It’s a decent book, it’s got all the basics, and it does a fine job of teaching you how to make different types of Waldorf dolls, from a simple knot doll to a knitted doll to a limbed doll, and that’s what really counts, right?

Sewing dollsThe second book is still on its way to me; I’m expecting it this week, and this is the one I’m really excited about: Sewing Dolls, by Karin Neuschütz (translated by Susan Beard). I’ve already got Neuschützes book Die Waldorfpuppe, and it’s my absolute favourite, so I’m very happy one of her books has finally been translated into English! I’ll most certainly be spamming you all with it a bit more once it gets here. 🙂

Edited to add:

To clear up any confusion – From what I wrote above, you may have concluded that Sewing Dolls is a translation of Die Waldorfpuppe! This is not the case; Sewing Dolls is a translation of a different (originally Swedish) book! My apologies for not being clear in the first place…


Posted on september 23rd, 2009 @ 5:25 pm in daily life,found,waldorf dolls by Meike

I feel the urge to complete things. Sound familiar? 😀 I don’t even know anymore how many times I’ve told myself “you need to finish what you’ve got lying around here!”. And now, now that there are two books on their way to my home, two new dollmaking books, it’s a more persistent urge than ever before. Because new books means new patterns means new ideas… And never enough time! Especially now that Pieter’s abroad, in the US, for business. It’s easier than I thought it would be, just me and the kids; we’ve settled into a routine very quickly (which isn’t to say that they don’t drive me mad regularly, because good heavens, they do), but still… When it’s 8 o’clock at night and the last chatter has finally died down, that leaves me with just two measly hours in which I can craft uninterrupted. I really think I should call this weblog ‘Craft, Interrupted’ sometimes…

Lena’s dress

Posted on september 9th, 2009 @ 9:26 am in knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

Lena's dressI finally managed to finish Lena’s dress! Quite a feat, what with all this BJD madness going on. 😉

I have to say, I am rather pleased with the result. I added quite a few more increases than the original pattern called for, and for a while I was afraid that it wouldn’t work out, that the skirt would end up too wide. But with the ruffled edge added, I think it is just right! It’s what I had in my head, anyway. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? 🙂