Tools and Materials needed
The List of Materials
Some of the tools and materials you may already have, but I have added links where you can purchase/find some of the supplies. Your local farmers market might be a great place to get locally grown wool batting. Local craft stores will carry sewing needles and thread for sure and might even have some of the other things. A Google search for Waldorf Doll making supplies will open the doors to many other vendors. If you can’t find something in particular, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will gladly help with your search.
Watch the video “Doll making – traditional Waldorf doll – ingredients”
I have added links to one place that carries a lot of different doll making supplies.
Materials and tools needed:
- Wool batting
- Scrap yarn (make sure it is light colored and will not bleed when it gets wet) You never know the adventures the doll may take
- Tubular gauze or cotton stockinette (you can also use a thin cotton tube sock)
- Linen or cotton thread, needs to be very strong
- Cotton or wool knit in the skin color of your choice or 24"x14" for a doll with 11.5"-12" head circumference (without hair)
- Matching (skin) sewing thread, white or off white sewing thread
- Cotton embroidery thread in eye color and lip color of your choice
- To embroidering doll hair you want to go no thicker than dk yarn. I like to go to the local yarn store and pick up something nice, often a semi-solid color to give the doll a natural look. Depending on the thickness of the yarn it can be crochet into a cap or embroidered directly onto the head) http://www.achildsdream.com/smooth-mohair-doll-hair-yarn/ http://www.achildsdream.com/de-witte-engel-mohair-boucle-doll-hair-yarn/ I like to buy the yarn once I have the skin fabric in hand, even take it to the yarn store to choose the right color. Try to look at the fabric and yarn in natural daylight. A small yarn store will let you step outside to see "the real" colors.
- Red beeswax crayon for rosy cheeks
And here is the list of tools you will need:
- Fabric scissors
- Small scissors to cut the thread
- Ball point hand sewing needle, usually available in multiple size packages #3-#7, I use the thinnest one
- 7 inches long hand sewing needles for dollmaking and http://www.achildsdream.com/7-embroidery-needles/
- If you are planning to use a sewing machine, you will also need ball point needles for your machine
- Sewing machine walking foot
- Measuring tape
- Crochet hook or knitting needle
- A hand sewing needle that is thick enough to thread the yarn for hair
- If your hands tire easily you may also want to use a wooden dowel for stuffing, I use my thumb and fingers.