A new doll

I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been wanting to share, but also wanting to get everything finished before I did. Last weekend I went to a doll making workshop at our local Steiner school. Unsurprisingly, we made Steiner dolls. It was a long process (although strangely meditative), and I didn’t get everything finished on the day.

head in progressI sewed her second leg on during the week and popped back into the school’s craft group this morning to learn how to do the final part of the hair.

hairShe’s all finished now, albeit somewhat naked. Many who make Steiner dolls make them in the likeness of the child they’re made for. Elena already has Harriet, however, so I decided to get creative with this little one. I think the pink/purple hair is kind of sweet.

poppy sitting up closeI asked Elena what we should call her. The response? Something that sounded like ‘Dolly Walking Bear’. Hmmm. I suggested Poppy and got a nod of the head. Poppy it is.

I think she needs some clothes!

this girl needs clothesThe way the dolls come together is very neat, and I love the little stitches.

stitchesIf you’re in Canberra and you’re interested in a Steiner/Waldorf doll making class I’d recommend contacting the Orana school office. Alternatively, send me a message and I’ll send you the lovely teacher’s contact details.

Elena and Poppy Elena and Poppy 2Elena is very fond of Poppy, but wasn’t in the mood for the camera today. This was as close as I got to a good photo of Elena and Poppy. You can see what sort of day I had. Thank goodness Alex decided to come home a little early.

selfie failThat said, I did manage to record a ground-breaking moment. Two children. Playing Duplo. Together. Peacefully. I never thought this day would arrive!

boat playingconcentration

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5 Responses to A new doll

  1. Sutika says:

    Such cute and lovely pictures, really heart-warming 🙂

  2. JanMarie says:

    Poppy is such a lovely name and very right for a dollie. We had a goat named Poppy, she was such a sweetie until she decided the grass was greener on the other side of the fence.

  3. Emgy says:

    I’m still in awe. Where do you find the time between two screaming/arguing children to do crafts without getting interupted!? Good grief…my two are all over me if I’m in sight. Doing a craft is just a dream at this point! Although, I wouldn’t mind getting back into sewing easy projects. IE: Baby Blankets.

    PS: Your kids are so incredibly sweet!

    • Ruth says:

      I’ve taught Elena to sit next to me with a book while I’m knitting or stitching – she turns the pages and I read while I knit! Everyone’s happy 🙂 ….and there’s always time watching television in the evening while they’re asleep. We have a 6.30pm bedtime here…

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