I know that we are all starting to think of Christmas gifts for our children. Will you be making any of their gifts? If you had asked me this question 4 years ago, I would have looked at you funny and asked if you were quite crazy… with the shops brimming with colorful, shiny new toys, toys that flash and talk and race, why on earth would I try to make something? Now, the thought of making our Christmas gifts is so totally, awesomely appealing. I don’t want my kids to have those flashing, talking, racing toys… I want them to have treasures that have been handmade with love. There really is such a difference.
We are so lucky today as Marie, an expert doll-maker, is here to show us how to make a Waldorf Knotted Cuddle Doll. You will see that even you can make this sweet doll. I realize that some of us don’t have silks and wool on hand and so I have listed a few sets of silk and wool in my shop Fairyfolk as I know the frustration of really wanting to make something but having to find out where to get the materials and then wait for them to arrive.
Making Your own Waldorf Knotted Cuddle Doll
by Marie of Knecht Ruprecht Dolls
The traditional Waldorf silk snuggle doll is probably the most simple and yet one of the most enchanting dolls I know. It can be made for or together with a baby or a small child, coming alive though nurturing gestures, stimulating creativity by drawing on the child’s imagination.
You can use a piece of pure silk or any other natural fabric you have at hand like cotton or a piece of knitted wool.
This kind of cloth doll has been used for generations to calm and comfort young babies. If a Mama keeps this doll with her for a little while, the doll will absorb her fragrances. It’s familiar ‘Mama smell’ is tremendously comforting to baby.
All You need is:
- One piece of pure silk with rolled hem or a piece of cotton or wool fabric you have at hand.
(Ours is 16 x 16 inch) and plant dyed with organic beetroot
Xiling offers beautiful, organic, high quality silk in her online Shop incl. worldwide shipping.
- Fitting cotton thread
- Lambs wool stuffing
To find out more about Waldorf Dolls, you can visit Mari’s previous post on Discovering Waldorf, The Waldorf Doll. You can see more of Mari’s beautiful dolls on her blog and in her shop at Knecht Ruprecht Dolls . They truly are heirloom treasures.
Here are the other articles in the Discovering Waldorf Series.
Blessings and magic,