My name is Nadine,
I love making Waldorf dolls! Making is my passion. My mother taught to me crochet at the age of 8 and my hands have never been idle since. Once upon a time, when I was a flight attendant a coworker was learning to knit. She showed me how to do it and by the time I next saw her a few weeks later, I had knit a sweater (with no pattern to boot!). I have quick and nimble hands and deep understanding of how Waldorf handwork, well, works.
When my eldest started at Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Montreal I took a Waldorf doll making workshop which went through the year. Well, I fell in love. I haven’t stopped making dolls since! I loved making them for my girls and love sending my one of a kind dolls out to children and doll lovers all over the world who get to love them as well. It makes me so happy that children get to play with such a beautiful, special doll that was made with such care and love.
I truly love making custom dolls. It’s so much fun working with customers making the doll of their dreams come to life.
Like traditional Waldorf dolls, my dolls have a neutral facial expression which allows the child to imagine the dolls are happy, sad, mad, frustrated, all the wonderful and not so wonderful feelings that they are experiencing themselves. Dolls become an alter ego for the child. I once caught my youngest giving her doll a pep talk for a first time sleepover at her Grandmothers. They are made out of real and natural fibres. They are stuffed with sweet smelling wool which is not only anti microbial (bonus), but takes on the child’s warmth as they cuddle (contrast to a hard cold plastic doll with a perma smile!).
They don’t close their eyes, pee, talk, cry or walk, except that is, in the child’s expanding and beautiful imagination.
The doll making process for the full sized doll is an approximate 10 hour endeavour. The head is firmly rolled with fleece (giving my hands a real workout!) sculpted with cord, hand sewn and embroidered. The body is first machine sewn (to save hours of backstitch!), then stuffed with fleece. The head, legs and arms are hand sewn to the body (the head bone connected to the neck bone), and then all the final touches are stitched in (bellybutton, bottom, knee/elbow details…).
The hair is made with a wig that is sewn onto the head. For yarn haired dolls, I crochet a hat then hook yarn all around it. This way of making the hair is more labour intensive than other methods, but it looks amazing and the hair can be styled in any way (ponytail, pigtails, french braids…). If I am making a curly weft doll, I crochet the weft into the wig and then sew it down, allowing the curls to have major body. For straight weft, I crochet a cap and then hand sew the weft into the cap, allowing the hair to fall downward.
The clothes are machine sewn and the accessories like the sweater and Mary Jane’s are knitted. All the dolls also have a pair of undies which may not be seen in their photos, but I assure, are there!. The boy dolls sport a pair of pants or overalls and tShirt.
About 10 hours later, boom, there’s the dolly! You see the value of this traditional method of Waldorf doll making.
The result: a beautiful, one of a kind, long lasting playmate for life! Who could ask for anything more?