I’ve been making dolls with sculpted faces for a while now, but I have always had a soft spot for the more traditional dolls with less defined features. I was going to go to the European Doll Seminar in 2020 (then 2021) and do a course with Taisoid, but since that was cancelled I haven’t tried it on my own. However a course with Ildiko who makes similarly beautiful dolls became available in the UK so I jumped at it.
The course was held at Ildiko’s house and there were all sorts of dolly treasures about, dolls I’d seen on her website, and the doll she made at the the same Waldorf seminar I went to a few years ago.
The course was 2 days 9am until 6pm and in that time we nearly all managed to produce a doll, this was mainly because Ildiko had presewn the doll’s bodies for us. First step was shaping the head, as I said it was the traditional method which involves making a ball and then shaping it with strings. I learnt lots of really great tips to get a lovely shape.
- Once the head has the threads on and the neck tied the chin often disappears so you can pad it out by stuffing up through the neck to get the firmness you need.
- You can soften the contours along the eyeline cord and the area between the jaw & the back of the head by doing a ladder stitch.
- The nose is extra firm and wrapped in fabric and sewn on the face (rather than created from the wool already there)
- For a better bum you need a bum roll.
I’d pre made a little dungaree outfit for my doll in grey and pink using my favourite Hawthorne pattern, it fitted perfectly. Here we all are as a group showing our dolls. Just a lovely weekend, lots of thanks to Ildiko. I’m now making my doll Molly some panties and some pink leather shoes, and a cardigan, then she will be for sale.