Last week I attended the first session of a doll making class with Carla de Jong.
Carla has been making dolls (and the most amazing woodwork) for many years and also herself attended a Steiner school in Holland.
So I have been keen to go along and learn some of her traditional techniques.
The course runs for 4 weeks (one night per week) and you make two dolls - one soft and one limbed doll...ALL BY HAND. Yes you read correctly, every single bit is hand stitched!
I have already almost finished my first doll - hope to have it finished by the end of class tomorrow night.
I love taking classes to learn new skills and try different techniques. I find the more you learn and practice, the more you are able to fine tune and create your own style.
In the meantime I made another little doll for a friends little one. My friend is expecting her second in a few months and I thought a special doll to care for may help with the big change of having a new baby in the house.
As I drew the pattern freehand (although using Carla's specifications as a guide) she is not quite in proportion - her legs are way too long and arms a little puffy! I am refining my pattern.
Oh well I think she is sweet none the less, and I stuffed her middle with some lavender (thanks to the girls mum for the idea) so that she would help with sleeping (i hope anyway)
I also recently made the little birdie cushion, for one of my upcoming classes I am offering through my business 'mums.sew.inspired'.
What have you been making/crafting?