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The Sewing Bee Week 3

February 24, 2011

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Every Thursday…

Take pictures and write a post on your blog (linking HERE to the Sewing Bee) of what it is that you are currently working on in your sewing space… whether it be hand or machine stitching.

Like minded chicas…the sharing of patterns and progress of sewing.

To inspire ourselves to keep stitching.

What could be better than that?

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Leave a link below in the comments to share your project with the rest of us!

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My Sewing Bee…

On the hoop/ sewing table~ Wanna-be Waldorf dolls.

Pattern~ My own creations.

Making dolls is nothing new to me.  I have Heather and Bernadette and their getting me involved with editing for Rhythm of The Home… to thank for that. 

Oooooh those damn Waldorfians….they’re contagious, didn’t you know?

I remember the first time that I saw a Waldorf Doll.

I think my smile spread from ear to ear.

And I don’t mean those snore-bag dolls without the faces. I am talking about those happy adorable smiley babies that make you just want to squeal.

Yea, those ones.

Over the year, I have made several variations on a Waldorf Doll.  My first attempt were the ROTH girls that I did a complete tutorial for the magazine readers.

And then a few months ago I developed my Waldorf baby pattern which is in the store.  I have been figuring out my own method to the madness that is Waldorf Doll making.  It is an evolving process,  and I am quite happy with the  little lovelies that have found their way out of my sewing room.

With each one that I have made I have gotten a little bit better at making the certain aspects of the doll that make it Waldorf.  My dolls are very much NOT the traditional style.   But there are deliberate little bits and pieces of the tradition intermixed in each.

And I did that on purpose….because I happen to adore the little faces and heads of those sweet little dolls.  I just can’t help myself.

I am drawn to them.

Inspired.

And so.

Even if my sewing room looks like a voodoo doll lounge.

And even if I am running out of stuffing and have taken to tearing up one of my pillows to stuff one of the little bodies on my bed.

And even if I DO perfect the design that is evolving in my head and at my fingertips at the moment…. (the closest thing to a true Waldorf Doll that I will ever make.)

Update::::::::      LINK to doll patterns in the shop.

It will still have my spin on it.

My undeniable stamp of Quirk.

My dolls will always be different and unique in their own way.

A little Mainstream mixed with a little Crunchy, just like ME.

A mix.

And I am Sooooo good with that.

Now….Tell me.

Have you ever made a doll? And not just a Waldorf….I mean any doll?

Tell me all about it please.

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Now, please share with me what you are working on below in the comments with a link…  I am going to attempt to keep a list of participants in a link on my sidebar and update it weekly starting in the next week or so.

Oh Yea, and there is a Flickr Group too!

AND! Take a button if you like.

Lots of love,

Julia

22 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2011 07:40

    Those dolls are fantastic! I’ve never made a doll, but I am going to make one for my daughter for Christmas this year. I hope it looks as nice as yours when I am done.

    I think I’ll be joining your sewing bee today. I’ve been doing a bit more sewing lately & I actually took a few pictures the other day. :)

  2. February 24, 2011 07:59

    I’ve made a little teething doll. It looks sadly like a clown and my husband and oldest son tease me about it regularly. Besides that I’ve only knit dolls.

    I wish so much that I could find the courage, time, and patience to make a doll like this for my boys. Sadly, the sewing machine and I are not on speaking terms. And then there’s that whole measureing, cutting. Ack. Yes, I remember now why I learned to knit. (:

    Your dolls are *amazing* though. Color me jealous. (:

  3. February 24, 2011 08:05

    What sweet dollies! I would love to learn more about Waldorf style dolls. I’ve made many dolls, knitted and sewn, and it really is addicting.

    This week, I’m doing some more Japanese maternity sewing, I’d love for you to check it out: http://bibliosophybooks.typepad.com.

  4. February 24, 2011 08:42

    Yay! I’m finally here! The only doll that I have made thus far was one of my first knitting projects that I made for my daughter Blaise. Miss Rosy is an all pink wool doll who has been felted somewhat over the last two years of usage. You can see her on my Ravelry page (I’m MountainMi there).

    Here is my Sewing Bee…http://sacramentalmoments.blogspot.com/2011/02/joining-sewing-beefinally.html

  5. February 24, 2011 08:46

    Those are just adorable! I half-made some pants just the other day, I thought I’d share: http://www.elisaloves.com/2011/02/sewing-cool-pants.html

  6. February 24, 2011 09:22

    And…here is my link: http://meghann.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/the-sewing-bee/
    :)

  7. quiltmomof3 permalink
    February 24, 2011 09:24

    The dolls are adorable. I love their little faces, the clothes, everything ! What a fun thing to make a doll or two or three. : ) I am inspired! I have been working on the women of the bible quilt blocks, this week I pieced Lot’s wife’s block. I’m sharing it here: http://dixiehomemade.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/lots-wife-and-writing-lessons/

  8. February 24, 2011 09:26

    Larkspur just walked up and saw your baby bunting dolls and said “look! I want one of those! You could make it!”
    I made my first waldorf doll from a Magic Cabin kit almost ten years ago for Seth when he was a baby! He never cared anything for it, but my girls play with it now!
    Here’s my sewing this week:

    http://www.gsheller.com/2011/02/zipped-up.html

  9. February 24, 2011 09:36

    Adorable dolls! I’m impressed with your pattern. Yes, I’ve made a few Waldorf dolls and some other cloth dolls too. You’ll see some on my post today. Right now I’m working on a few baby shower gifts. Swaddle wraps, ring dolls, bibs, baby balls…..

    http://meadowmagic-meadow.blogspot.com/2011/02/joining-sewing-bee.html

    My blog is really new and I’m not sure how to grab a button. Could you or someone else please tell me how? I’d love to grab your sewing bee button.

  10. February 24, 2011 10:00

    Haven’t made a doll yet, but it’s on the list :-) My mom made a doll (very much like the one someone shared here, in the very first Bee :-) for me for Christmas when I was 8 or 9. It was my favorite present ever growing up!! Here’s what I’ve been working on this week, in my nice clean sewing space http://beforeandafterdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/this-weeks-stitches.html

  11. February 24, 2011 10:02

    moving into other softies has definitely liberated me from the strictures of waldorf-dom! good on you for blazing your own trail! here’s my latest doll/softie – a fox:

    http://www.byhandathome.com/2011/02/promised-fox.html

  12. February 24, 2011 10:12

    beautiful work – I love the faces. I haven’t been brave enough to try a doll but they are on my ‘someday’ list….I suppose I should get on that while my girls are still so young.

    My sewing for the week – smocks/aprons for little ones, with a link over to a free download for the pattern. http://www.allireallyneed.ca/2011/02/sewing-bee-smocks/

  13. February 24, 2011 14:15

    I ADORE the small baby dolls. It’s hard to find beautiful small dolls for babies. I finished up the dress I was working on for my daughter and started a project to make bedding for her doll cradle. I made a mattress so far — out of an old white t-shirt of my husbands (so it’s a bit wonky, but it works)! My sewing bee post is here:

    http://mamamusicman.blogspot.com/2011/02/calling-all-leprechauns.html

  14. February 24, 2011 18:41

    The only doll I’ve made is one from Martha S. I put it together the best I could. We use it for Jesus at Easter time. He is hairless and legless. Oh, and faceless and clothesless. Maybe I’ll finish him this year!

    Here is my post: http://woodland-rd.blogspot.com/2011/02/sewing-bee-exibit.html

  15. February 24, 2011 19:24

    Happy First Sewing Bee! Made myself and Charlie a little diaper bag!!!!

    http://asmatteringoflaura.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-first-sewing-bee.html

    SO GLAD TO BE SEWING AGAIN. Thanks Julia!

  16. February 24, 2011 19:37

    I’m working on some skirts for the spring. I also have many other projects started (WAY too many) but these are the things I worked on today!
    Love you dolls! So cute!

  17. February 24, 2011 20:11

    (** I’ve twice tried to post a comment, but it doesn’t seem to be working for me!**) So, here it goes again….

    Your little dolls are very sweet. I wish I had little ones at home to share them with. My teenagers just wouldn’t have appreciation for dolls. Bah humbug!

    This week, I’m all about doodle stitching.

    http://www.thejollybee.blogspot.com

  18. February 24, 2011 21:17

    Hi,
    I’m not feeling well this week; so, no sewing. Your babies are cute, though.
    Laura

  19. February 25, 2011 08:36

    http://demilunes.blogspot.com/2011/02/sewing-bee-day-late.html I’m sorry I’m late!

    Making dolls IS HIGHLY addictive. But it’s full of love!

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