Shephard and Clover, the two on the left still live here.
The guy on the far left is Shephard, the very first waldorf doll made by me.
Shephard looks like this now. (he's always naked)
I was so proud of Shephard, I knew I wanted to make 100 more. Is he perfect? No, certainly not. Has that stopped him from being desperately loved? Again, No.
I really wanted his eyes to be perfectly round, perfectly even. After my 5th or 6th attempt I settled with close enough. Shephard was handed over to my son who was anxious to meet him and given a huge chocolate milk kiss right on the forehead. I will never forget that kiss!
Shephards hair was suppose to be long and messy, but I cut all of the yarn into strands and half way through realized I wasn't going to have enough yarn. So I cut the yarn in half, it still wasn't enough so I had to take some out and cut it in half and put the two strands back in. He ended up with long shaggy hair in the front and short in the back. At least it's not a mullet right?
The pattern I bought did not explain how how to turn the rectangle of fabric into shoulders and arms. I decided square must be right. He is wrinkly, he is lumpy, he is messy. He has sloppy stitching all over and mistakes galore. Is he perfect? Actually yes, I guess he is.
So lets move on to doll number two... (the guy up there in the brown shirt) poor guy sat on a shelf in my studio for a year. I was so sad about his short squatty forehead. I couldn't believe I would make a doll that looked so weird... especially after I had just made one so perfect. I finally had just right round eyes and the shoulders nice and tidy, but he absolutely didn't have any forehead at all! Who could ever love a doll like that.
I ended up taking out his perfectly round eyes and making them smaller to help the forehead grow, so he has a little scar from that. I tried at least 3 different types of hair and moved his hairline up as much as I could, and then he became Clover. Our very first girl!
See his... um, her neat shoulders compared to Shephard? She's still not perfect (she's lumpy and bumpy and not stuffed enough, her arms are too fat and hands too small, she has wrinkles in her forehead and it's still too short), but we love her!
Shephard is a whopping 22" and Clover is 18" but I was aiming for 16"!
Now, I was absolutely positive that Nickel was perfect in every single way when I first made him, nice shoulders, neater stitching. Round eyes on the very first (okay, maybe second) try! But looking back, on this doll that I made over two years ago, I see so many things that I would 'fix' because he is full of mistakes.
These were my first dolls, I was learning. Do I strive for perfection with every doll I make, as a doll maker? Yes! ... is what you expect me to say, but let me put it this way instead.
I will be as perfect as I have gotten.
I tried to get a group shot of our doll family, but little man said "me have all off them!"
If you are making your first doll, just remember wether every stitch is perfect or not they will still be full of magic in you child's eyes.
We have one more doll joining our family this week and I will share with you how much difference a few years of practice makes!