Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Craft - Swaddle Dolls

 
The part I am loving most about Sarah taking on the role of craft group coordinator is her fresh energy and ideas. She saw a little doll like these and then set out to find someone willing to come along and show the rest of us how to make one.

These swaddle dolls, like their makers, each have their own personality ~ some are sleeping, others are wide awake, some are snuggled tightly, others prefer looser wraps, some tiny, others buxom. I love them all.

They are very simple really and quite a few of us completed our dolls in the three hours set aside for crafting before the younger children finished their half school day. A few still had pins in them - neat stiches will replace them soon enough.



24 comments:

Cheryl said...

Am I the only one who wishes they lived closer and could slip into these crafting sessions? I love these little swaddled dolls. What clever mamas!

Bending Birches said...

ohhh, beautiful! I love the rainbow wool!

Gae said...

Dear Shannon,
These are too cute.
Can you give a bit more detatil on how to make them. I love them so much
Blessings
Gae

eidolons said...

Those are great! Are they just stuffed with wool or did you weight them, too?

Shannon said...

Dear Gae - I knew someone would ask. We sold all our kits so at the moment I don't have a spare to make a tutorial with. I will tho, maybe in the holidays - which is only a few weeks away.
if you know how to make a head - you are halfway there tho - make a VERY thick neck and a tube body - stuffed firmly but still cuddly. and then just play with your felt til you get the wrapping you like - then whip stitch it closed.

Shannon said...

Sorry Ediolons - just wool.

Suzie said...

Hi, I'm fairly new to your blog. :) These are darling. Do you dye your rainbow felt, or purchase it? I'm looking for a good supplier for rainbow felt. Much appreciated!

Suzie

Amanda Pedro said...

loveable. the rainbow felt makes it much more!
thanks for sharing

Nadja said...

I love these! I actually squealed when I saw the photos, bringing two of my kids running to the computer. I really love that rainbow felt!

luxiii said...

Oh, how sweet. I must put these on my to make list :)

Shannon said...

Re: the rainbow felt ~ we did actually dye this stuff ourselves at the end of last year see this post http://motherrhythm.blogspot.com/2010/09/wednesday-craft-group_08.html
but there are places selling rainbow felt already dyed for you. In Australia Indigo inspirations http://www.indigoinspirations.net.au/wool_felt.html and Winterwood toys http://www.winterwoodtoys.com.au/shop/scditem.asp?ProdID=62
both have it.
Google and see what you can find locally or have fun in the sun and do some dying. :)

Kylie said...

Love, love, love these beautiful dolls! Thankyou so much for sharing!

Ronnie said...

I also wish that I lived close enough I attend weekly classes like this. Shannon how can the Mamas bear to part with all their beautiful work?

Shannon said...

Ah Ronnie ~ most don't! Other steiner schools I have been involved with have a policy that everything made a craft group stays at craft group; participants get new skills and new friends. But for some reason this school is quite different. The vast majority make only for themselves. There are a few of us tho that make two or three (or 10 or 20) of everything so we have plenty to sell at the fair.

M. Bloom said...

Beautiful!

the little gnomes home said...

Shannon these are just gorgeous! I am so excited to make one, or two :) Thanks for the inspiration. x

Linda said...

How gorgeous Shannon! The rainbow felt is amazing:)
xo

make it perfect said...

hi shannon - you've won some patterns on my blog! can you send me an email please?
toni at makeitperfect.com.au
thanks!!

MamaWestWind said...

Oh, my! These are absolutely adorable! I have to make one now!

celiasews said...

SOOO gorgeous! I'm going to try one when we go to the farm next week :)

Mary said...

Just followed this from Pinterest , I so love them. I have no talent for sewing with a pattern let alone without one but I will try. So beautiful and inspiring :)

Ria said...

Wow these are really cute, would love to have a go at making some.

Kimara said...

So Sweet. I'll be linking to them on WeeFolkArt's Facebook page :) Thanks for sharing.

Angela said...

Gorgeous! I love these so much, I want to make one right NOW!