"Meet Mellie, my first Waldorf* style doll. The head and face are not quite what I wanted - I started off OK but seemed to lose the plot along the way somewhere. But I have learnt loads from making her. My aim is to do more art dolls in the future once I have grasped a few techniques but I have to say I am loving the cuteness overload! I just hope my textile group won't ban me!!!"**
True to her word, Jo has now made two other dolls, in more of an "art doll" style, and is continuing to experiment with her new-found skills.
*A Waldorf doll (also called Steiner doll) is a form of doll compatible with Waldorf (or Steiner) education philosophies. Made of natural materials, such as fine woollen or cotton skin-toned fabric, generally filled with pure wool stuffing, hair and clothing materials are also made from natural fibres. The doll-makers use techniques drawing on traditional European doll-making, the doll's appearance is intentionally simple in order to allow the child playing with it to develop the imagination and creative play. For instance, it has either no features, or a simple neutral expression. The legs and arms are soft and if flexible allow natural postures. Dolls vary in the form best suited to the stage of development of the child; from a simple sack or pillow doll for a baby; a knotted or handkerchief style for a teething child; a simple doll with bulky limbs and either short hair or a hat for a toddler.
**As far as I can ascertain, Jo's textile group haven't yet banned her.