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.