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This class is open to the public, not just current families at the school.
This class will be taught by Mary HIrsch Jones, owner of Mimi Designs and well known doll
A Waldorf doll is a type of doll used in Waldorf education. It is usually handmade from natural fibers such as wool and cotton. These dolls use natural fibers that are warm to the touch and feel real, unlike plastic, commercially produced dolls. The wool stuffing absorbs and holds the child’s warmth. This, along with lavender essential oil, produces a calming effect. The doll's facial features are intentionally simple. This sparks the child’s imagination. Depending on the child’s play, the doll can be happy, sad, sleepy, or even crying.
The heavy babies we will be making are approximately 12-13" tall, and can weigh up to two pounds. They will be made with natural (if not organic) materials. You will have a choice of colors for your doll's suit which will be sewn by me before the class. Each participant will receive a "kit" that includes the suit in the color of choice, organic lavender-scented millet, wool, string and stockinette for head making, and skin fabric sewn and cut out for head covering and hands. Your kit will include embroidery thread for eyes and lips. The dolls we are making will have sleepy eyes. You will have a choice of making your doll with or without a nose.
You will learn all aspects of making an early childhood doll including:
making a rolled wool head that is firm and in proportion to the body
placement for eyes and mouth (and nose if desired)
gauging the right weight and fullness of your doll
making the arms have movement and flexibility
sewing the head and hands in a secure way
avoiding wrinkles around the neck
where to purchase the materials for future doll making
What you need to bring:
needles (I will provide 7" needles for making mouth and have a small quantity of regular needles)
willingness to try new things, attention, and focus
What if you don't sew?
Please indicate that you have little or no sewing experience when signing up for this class. I will prepare as much as possible on your doll prior to the workshop, leaving enough for you to feel satisfied and fulfilled in the way that doll making allows you to experience!
Slower participants may not complete their doll. If you know that you are slow at sewing, I can make your head before the class. Please include your desire to have me make your head in the "notes" section when checking out.
Participants must sign up for this class prior to January 20 in order to allow enough time to prepare. After January 20, please convo me to see if there is still room and time to create a kit for you. Once signed up, there is no refund available. However, a materials kit is available for you to pick up on January 24 at the workshop. Kits cannot be mailed. Instructions are not included in the kit, only the materials that we will be using in the workshop.
If you would like your child to attend, they must be signed up as a paying participant and be over the age of 10. You must support them in threading needles, etc.
Doll making requires a lot of concentration; therefore, we ask that no children under the age of ten attend with you. There will be no child care offered at this workshop.