I didn't set out to make a Waldorf doll --- I was inspired by the Swaddled Baby Love project in Handmade Beginnings and a handmade doll project, I remembered seeing a few years ago either in Martha Stewart Kids Magazine or at her .com. After I finished her up, I saw for the first time the resemblance the doll had to the Waldorf one's I have seen around the web. So, I did a little research, since I was not very familiar with Waldorf educating and I learned that what I made Haila was indeed, a Waldorf doll.All the materials I used fit in with Waldorf doll requirements --- cotton knit fabric for the body, wool stuffing, and I used cotton threads for the facial and hair details. Her appearance is simple, which is said to be important to improve and strengthen imagination and creativity.
I read that you are supposed to hand the doll over to the child and first ask them to name him/her. Haila named her Ella (naturally) and immediately loved her, it was very sweet. I made three diapers and a swaddling blanket to encourage lots of pretend play.
I just finished up this new owl doll, so I thought I'd share. A custom order for a little girl named Karington. - I love that name!
So many sweet little gifts are in the works these days. Wishing you all a wonderful one ~ Maureen