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Waldorf Doll Making Guide for Beginners – 1 – What are Waldorf Dolls? Back to overview

WITTE ENGEL

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Want to make a doll from natural materials? Have you heard about Waldorf dolls but not sure where to start or what they are? In this first instalment of our waldorf doll making guide for beginners we will answer your questions!

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Walldorf Doll making Guide for Beginners - what are waldorf dolls

Waldorf Dolls, or also called sun child dolls are dolls that originate from the philosophy of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Antroposophy and Steiner education.

These dolls are made from a special jersey cotton fabric such as the Doll Jersey by De Witte Engel and filled with 100 % wool.  

These dolls are made for children of various ages. The younger the child, the fewer details there are on the doll.

The first doll often has only a head attached to a soft piece of flannel or silk; sometimes, the sides are closed and the doll is filled with some wool.

Walldorf Doll making Guide for Beginners - what are waldorf dolls

Characteristics of sun child dolls

Because Waldorf dolls are filled with wool, they feel warm and soft. When taken to bed, the doll takes on the temperature and odor of the child. It’s as if the doll becomes a part of the child.

In the design process of the dolls the facial expressions and details are kept to a minimum. In that way, the child can projects its feelings on the doll. Is the child happy, then the child ‘sees’ that the doll is also happy. The same goes for being afraid, sad and other feelings.

Walldorf Doll making Guide for Beginners - what are waldorf dolls
Walldorf Doll making Guide for Beginners - what are waldorf dolls
Walldorf Doll making Guide for Beginners - what are waldorf dolls

Materials and inspiration

What is important when making Walldorf Dolls (actually any kind of items for children in our opinion!) is that the materials are natural, sustainable and most of all safe. In addition one wants to make sure that they are produced responsibly, so that by making these dolls we also help to build a bit better world for the little ones.

That is why our Doll Jersey and Filling wool are ökotex certified and produced in Europe nearby. In addition our wooden items such as the biting rings are PEFC and FSC certificated and come from Europe.

Meaningful Crafts sells all the materials as well as do-itself kits for making Waldorf dolls for the various development phases of a child. Examples are the Heart doll, the cuddly doll, the dolls with long straight arms and legs and the dolls with forming cord in their limbs (so the doll can be bent into all kinds of positions).

If you liked our waldorf doll making guide for beginners – part one – what are waldorf dolls please share it with your fellow doll makers, and if you have tips and tricks that we missed let us know!

In the upcoming instalments we will discuss:

The materials used to create Waldorf dolls

The philosophy behind the dolls

The Techniques used to create Waldorf dolls

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