Handmade with love, in Victoria BC, Canada.
My grandmother was an avid knitter, doll maker, and dedicated Waldorf handwork teacher in northern Germany. She made beautiful, soft, cuddly dolls in the traditional way: all natural materials, expertly hand sewn, with adorable tiny clothes for many outfit changes. When I was four she began teaching me sewing, knitting and embroidery. These hushed hours doing "handarbeit” (handwork) with my siblings, under her watchful eye, as well as attending Waldorf from kindergarten to grade 8, started my life-long love of fibre arts.
I have mostly been a knitter, on and off for many years, while being a full time touring musician. When the pandemic hit my Mom sent me a few of my grandmother's dolls that I’d had as a child. Oh to hold those sweet soft little bodies again in my hands… I felt inspired, and made my first doll in the summer of 2021, and my heart started singing. Not for many years had I felt such joy and excitement, and commitment towards learning a new skill. And one that was deeply embedded in my own heritage all these years.
During the pandemic, the loss of festivals, travelling, music camps, dancing and socializing had left a hole in my heart, not easily filled no matter how much sour dough bread I baked. And so I began making dolls. I could hear my grandmother, leaning over me to correct some stitches, humming a tune. Her expert hands demanding nothing less than perfection. And my own Mom, an equally skilled seamstress, artist and maker of beautiful dolls clothes during my childhood, inspired me with overseas packages of materials including a few traditional German doll making books, two dolls heads and other remnants from a course she’d taken years ago.
These type of dolls are often called Waldorf Dolls, being associated with the Waldorf school and Steiner pedagogy. It’s believed that the simpler the doll, the more the child will learn to use their imagination, a critical skill for survival in the modern world. Imagination and creativity give a child adaptability, strength, problem solving skills, and a positive outlook on life. As well, the companionship a doll can provide for a young child, a sense of comfort and warmth (being literally made of wool) is not to be overlooked. If treated with the same gentleness as a real person, these simple little dolls can help inspire a kind and loving heart towards others. It feels like an important time to bring this kind of energy back into the world. This is the part of doll making that speaks directly to my own heart, and gives my creativity a meaningful outlet during these uncertain times.
You can order a specific doll (by name) from the gallery above, or a custom doll (see further down). All orders are made as they come in, and there is currently about a 6 week wait time. So don't hesitate to get your order in before Christmas :)
I make two types of dolls:
THE DRESS UP DOLL
$85 CAD plus shipping
A regular 10" doll is made from soft durable knit fabric, filled with 100% sheep's wool.
THE BABY DOLL
$65 CAD plus shipping
These soft cuddly dolls are perfect for children 0-3, made of fleecy cotton and soft wool stuffing. Comes with hood that folds down (attached at back). Height: 8"
Skin Fabric Colour Options:
To order your doll, please send me a message through the contact form, with a descriptio
EXTRA CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES
These can be added to any doll order, and will be made from fabrics currently shown in the photo gallery. If you want a specific fabric let me know in your order.
"MAKE YOUR OWN" DOLL
Want a custom doll, with your choice of fabric, hair and eye colour? Same price. It can feel extra special when you're little to have a doll that looks like you.
Available Skin Fabric Colours for any size doll: Cream, Mocha, Cinnamon, Chocolate
Cream Fabric Colour
A few of my grandmother's dolls, with clothes made by her, and my mom.