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DIY Waldork Doll – A New Girl in Town ~ Ann

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Lizzy and Georgia have been gone for a few days for spring break. I’m ashamed to admit it, but mostly I’ve been tending my damn farm on facebook, putting hits out on thugs that are intent on beating me up in mafia wars, watching TV and just generally being a lazy mug.

Yesterday, I finally decided that, enough was enough and I decided to experiment with waldorf dolls. I love them and they looked relatively simple to make. You know you can find the instructions to pretty much EVERYTHING online right?

This crafters blog had the most detailed instructions on head making. There is a pattern there, but my printer is on the fritz, so I was forced to draw it by hand. Not a big deal … it turned out pretty well.

ann ~ waldorf style doll
At this stage of the process, I was thinking about Ann Boleyn a lot. I guess it’s the head rolling around on the table. Meet Ann!

It was a simple process, slowed down somewhat by the fact that I didn’t have the proper wool stuffing (I used some wool quilt batting and some synthetic stuff that I had around the house), I didn’t have the gauze tubing (I used an old sock) and I didn’t have the jersey fabric for the skin (I dyed an old t-shirt of Mr. MK’s with tea). The heck with instructions, who needs them anyway?

I proceeded to make the arms, and body/legs by following the instructions on this site. With no pattern, I had a heck of a time getting the proportions right (I never did). I ended up making two sets of arms. The arms on wee Ann are actually the first set, which I had to scavenge from the garbage. GROSS, I know, but the tee shirt wasn’t that big and I was running out of fabric. I didn’t have much better luck with her body.

ann ~ waldorf style doll

Ann’s a rather pretty girl, unfortunately she’s built like a MAC truck. Look at her torso … why, oh why did I make her so wide?

ann ~ waldorf style doll

She’s got lovely red hair (I love red hair). It was the only yarn in the house and for that I am happy. I used this doll hair tutorial to create it.

Clothing design, by Mommyknows. Hmmm … let’s just say that I don’t think that I’ll be on Project Runway anytime soon.

Ann was definitely good practice, I hope Georgia likes her, but I won’t hold my breath. I am going to make another, neater, less robust doll, with much more fashionable clothing, just not today.

We’re off to Canmore today to pick up the girls and spend a few days in the Canadian Rockies (one of my favourite places on earth). I am looking forward to taking some long walks and some scenic photos. I hope I have internet while I am gone. If not, I’ll be tweeting my twip trip, so follow me on twitter.

MK xo
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23 comments… add one

  • One Scrappy Gal April 2, 2009, 10:04 am

    I think this is wonderful!

    Your level of craftiness scares and inspires me!!

    Can I be your little shadow?

  • Naomi April 2, 2009, 10:06 am

    Seriously… adopt me?

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  • Sarah @ April 2, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Um, that’s built like a Mac truck? You wouldn’t even want to see what this would look like if I’d done it!

  • faemom April 2, 2009, 6:03 pm

    I think she’s so cute. I don’t know if I could ever do that. I am so impressed.

  • Ashley April 2, 2009, 8:34 pm

    I thought I was creative until I “met” you. Good grief makin’ panties and dolls, talk about a wide range:)

  • Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck April 2, 2009, 8:42 pm

    Sigh. Canmore. Sigh. The Rockies. We stayed at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis over Christmas and fell in love with the area all over again!

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  • your cous' April 2, 2009, 10:32 pm

    super cute MK, she’s like a miniature Simon..I’m impressed.

    Hi to the fam from all of us.

  • jafer April 3, 2009, 6:14 am

    You are so into everything. I can’t believe how much stuff you get ‘created’. I can’t even get my jewellery table cleaned up. Every time I start, I stop and do something else… never mind actually creating something.

  • soulsu April 3, 2009, 10:46 am

    I should attempt a waldorf boy but it wouldn’t be half as cute as Ann!

  • Jay April 3, 2009, 5:03 pm

    I remember my Mom made a lot of dolls like this. Brings back many memories. Thanks!

  • Madeline April 3, 2009, 7:20 pm

    Oh, that FB farm is ridiculously addictive!!! Despite her robust torso, she’s still rather charming. And, seriously patterns smatterns who needs ’em?!

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  • John Stone April 4, 2009, 7:27 am

    I didn’t think this would ‘work’ but that doll actually looks very good, congratulations. Now, isn’t that a much better use of your time than killing people on Facebook? ;)

    – John

  • ILIA April 4, 2009, 8:38 am

    I love making these dolls on the web page I found a very complete with Japanese molds and techniques to make great dolls, My name Ilia and I also do dolls show at the are very nice. and are easy to make one. You don’t need expensive materials or very long time.

  • Cindi April 4, 2009, 9:37 am

    Ann is adorable. Her face is cute! You are talented. Enjoy your time in the Canadian Rockies. Cindi

  • lace April 4, 2009, 5:43 pm

    You are now my crafting hero!

    I’ve loved the look of Waldorf dolls for so long but never wanted to pay the money I saw some going for. And I can’t believe I never thought to make them myself. I’m going to have to try this. A friends little boy is turning 3 next month. I’m going to have to try one for him.

    Ann is very beautiful. I adore the red hair.

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  • lace April 4, 2009, 5:44 pm

    Finally. The commentluv luvs me. I tried everything I could think of to get it unstuck from several months agos comment.

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  • kategvt April 5, 2009, 6:26 am

    i’ve been too lazy lately…i love the waldorf doll…i can’t believe how much they get for those in our local stores! crazy!

  • jessica mcbrown April 5, 2009, 3:49 pm

    It is so cute. handmade toys are not common but they are safe and best.
    thanks maybe I will prefer blonde hair or brunette

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  • Baby Diaper Cake April 7, 2009, 5:27 pm

    oh talented you are, love the doll!

  • Pauline April 8, 2009, 10:49 am

    God Kim… you are just sooooo clever!

    This is going to sound rude and it’s not meant to, but I don’t remember you like that!!!!

    love youxxx!!!

  • Vicki April 12, 2009, 3:32 pm

    I love your talent! Great ideas and handmade toys are the best!

  • ashley nicky June 29, 2009, 8:46 pm

    Very creative one you are! You’ve arosed me some new ideas to adorn my bedroom.

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  • Wholesale Printing June 29, 2009, 9:44 pm

    That is very nice! You really made those dolls? They are amazing, and thinking that when your kids come home they will surely like those. They will be surprised that mommy made something for them. That’s so sweet!

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