Saturday, June 4, 2011

Intrigued by Steiner...

It was just over 1 year ago that I started to read about the work of Rudolf Steiner. Although my step daughter had been going to a Steiner kindergarten for some time, it wasnt really until I was pregnant that my interest really grew. I remember the girls coming to stay and I spent the morning preparing a small nature table for them....

Our very first winter nature table

It all started with one gorgeous doll..... made by the girls mum. 
I was struck by the simple beauty of the doll - particularly the minimal facial features and yet the doll seemed so much more alive than any plastic "baby alive" could ever be. 

I began googling 'waldorf dolls' wanting to learn how to make them. 
I bought my first pattern from Sarah's dolls.
My little one was only about 4 months old, 
so I rarely had a spare minute and yet was desperately wanting a few moments to myself. 
So some evenings I would sneak off into the study to sew...
watching the instructional dvd and then doing as 'Sarah' said. 

And so Molly was born......(3 months later!)

The simplicity of steiner/ waldorf dolls allows a child to express their deepest feelings and help them process the many images and experiences in their daily life. 
A doll made from all natural materials (cotton and wool) takes on the smell of the child and the home - which is so comforting for the young child. 

"A handcrafted doll is one of a kind, an individual which carries the spirit of the maker in its stitches and absorbs the spirit of the child who loves it."
unknown (if you know please let me know so I can give credit!)

If you haven't had a go at making one - give it a go. There is nothing more special than giving your child something you have made especially for them with love. 

If you are close to a steiner/ waldorf school, contact them for more details on people offering steiner/ waldorf doll making classes or google!

Great resource for waldorf dolls over at Crafty Sheep 

Today I am still fascinated by the works of Rudolf Steiner. 
A man with incredible insight and truth.
It's funny to think how much I have changed my (our) lives since that one waldorf doll.  

I hope to share more of what I have been learning from all my readings over the coming months. 



  1. What a lovely way to be introduced to Waldorf! It's amazing how quickly that introduction to Steiner changes your life and becomes a part of your family. I almost don't recognize our pre-Waldorf life from two years ago. The doll you made is lovely!

    My mom and I made a doll for my son together starting shortly after I discovered Waldorf. It is one of his favorite toys and goes with him for many adventures (most of which occur in our own kitchen). Yesterday they "went to ride a horse" in my rocking chair.

    Have you read Children at Play: Using Waldorf Principles to Foster Childhood Development? I love the chapter in that book about dolls!

  2. A beautiful doll, and it is amazing how Steiner has been in my life. cheers Marie

  3. What a sweet doll and lovely post. I am not much of a sewer but I am inspired to give it a go on a doll for my wee one, thank you for the resources.

  4. Your handmade doll is so beautiful!

  5. lovely post! and lovely lovely doll!!! great work! amber


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