A while ago I wanted to make Eve a Waldorf doll. I let the idea go though, as I didn't want to buy all the supplies when she hadn't shown any interest in baby dolls.
But just after (literally! It was only two days!) she developed a sudden affinity for "baby!" I received a surprise - a friend of mine gave me some skin fabric. I was thrilled.
Now, Waldorf doll making is a tricky subject. Some people say it has to be done exactly such and such way, with exactly such and such supplies, and they can be rather funny about it all. BUT, the women in the "old country" who started the whole Waldorf doll tradition used to go for walks and glean the bits of wool stuck to fences. When they had a pile big enough, they made another doll. Somehow I don't think those women would mind if I made my doll using what I already had, do you??? So here are my notes...
I opened up some wool roving that I had and made a square and then I made a second layer crossing in the opposite direction. (Total side note: nobody warned me that if you are learning to use a drop spindle, you probably ought to work over carpet or grass. Drop those things on wood floors a couple of times and they crack, and then you are left with a busted spindle and a bag of roving... ahem)
I used more roving to make my ball for the head. If you are also having to stop mid-work because someone small needs you every five seconds, you can use a safety pin to keep your work from unraveling.
For my inner layer, I just used some knit interlock leftovers to make a tube and then turned it right-side out. It was green, but you can't see it through the skin fabric, so who cares that I found the white interlock I knew I had two days later???
Then I stitched around the freezer paper. No fussing about pinning or lining up fiddly knit fabrics. After the sewing I cut out my pieces, peeled off the freezer paper and then turned everything right-side out.
I followed some excellent tutorials to finish my doll body. I was still waiting for her yarn hair to come in the mail, but Eve loved her right away!
These were my favorite tutorial links (I relied on the last two the most):
Super helpful Picture Tutorial
Be back soon with the results!
Update: Dec. 2012 - Going frugal was a Great way to learn about Waldorf doll making, but now that I'm making more dolls for my shop, I always use traditional, all-new materials. Just so you know!