I would love to be able to offer doll making kits, and I might in the future, but for now shipping within and from Australia is just so expensive that I don't feel good offering this service. In order to make a Sami doll you will need doll jersey, tubular gauze, stuffing material, embroidery thread, strong thread for making the head, yarn or wefts for the hair and several fabrics for the doll clothes. I am listing a variety of sources for all these materials here, hoping that you will find a supplier close to you. Tip: If you google for 'Waldorf doll kit', you might just find a ready made package for you on Etsy, DaWanda or one of the many shops that offer Waldorf doll supplies.
Most of the fabrics I use in my projects, I buy at our local Spotlight store (www.spotlight.com.au) or at local fabric stores when I visit my family in Germany. I just love Euro fabrics. I also like the variety online, so here are some of the shops I frequently use:
Doll Skin and Stockinette/ Tubing for the head
I mainly use De Witte Engel Doll tricot for my dolls. I also use Laib Yala every now and then. De Witte Engel fabric is a lot softer and snugglier and Laib Yala is very sturdy and does not pill. De Witte Engel is stretchier, so you might need to change the doll template if you use Laib Yala fabric, otherwise the dolls come out skinnier and the clothing patterns might have to be adjusted.
For the head I am using tubular bandage or stockinette. The width depends on the size of the doll's head and is included in the PDF patterns.
De Witte Engel: www.dewitteengel.nl
Waldorf Doll Supplies: www.waldorfdolls.co.uk
Laib Yala: www.laib-yala.ch
Winterwood Toys: https://bit.ly/2kJ4o5g
My favourite threads are made by Gütermann. I also hear that Mettler and Nylbond are great for sewing doll skin. I am using the Universal Polyester Thread by Gütermann and the Mara 100 thread. They have matching threads for all the different doll skin colours.
I am using the following threads for the following De Witte Engel doll skin fabrics:
- DWE Colour T101 (light pink) and T102 (salmon) or Laib Yala 320 - Gütermann Colour 659 or 165
- DWE Colour T115 (sunkissed) and T103 (peach) or Laib Yala 4355 and 211 - Gütermann Colour 06 or 979
- DWE Colour T116 or Laib Yala 4323 (beige) - Gütermann Colour 722
- DWE Colour T105 or Laib Yala 155 (moccha, light brown) - Gütermann Colour 591 or 139
- DWE Colour T106 or Laib Yala 1230 (red brown) - Gütermann Colour 448
- DWE Colour T104 or Laib Yala 1228 (dark brown) - Gütermann Colour 446 or 816
You can purchase the Gütermann threads at your local craft store or here:
The traditional method for stuffing Waldorf and Waldorf inspired dolls is sheep's wool. There are many suppliers online.
I am using plant fibers like corn, eucalyptus, cotton, kapok and soy only and will therefore link those below.
http://www.ecofilling.com/shop/4574909586/eucalyptus-fill/6998988 (this is the one I currently use)
Doll Hair: Yarn, Wefts etc.
I mainly use yarn for the doll's hair, sometimes I use wefts too. There are a variety of yarns and wefts available, I mainly use cotton, bamboo, acrylic yarn and synthetic wefts.
Love Knitting. com:
Pink Wefts I used in my tutorial are here
Blushing the cheeks
The traditional method is to use Stockmar wax crayons and blocks, draw on a scrap piece of fabric and gently rub the colour on the fabric onto the doll's cheek in a circular motion. I am using plant-based wax crayons by Melissa and Doug.
String to tie the head
I am mostly using mercerized thick cotton string or any other string that does not break when I pull it as hard (or almost as hard) as I can. Here are some examples:
Interfacing is used to stabilize fabrics to create long lasting and durable projects. There are plenty of different interfacing types: Fusible, Sew In, Woven, Non Woven and Knit. I mainly use fusible one in my projects, as it is easy to use and convenient.
Interfacing also comes in different weights. From very thin and light, to medium and extra thick and padded.
Here is a handy guide by Amy Butler listing several types and weights of interfacing:
And here are several products by Pelall the Pellon products listed: http://www.pellonprojects.com/products-categories/interfacing/
For most of my projects I am using either lightweight, medium or heavyweight interfacing like these:
Light weight interfacing:
https://amzn.to/2jPsWvL, https://amzn.to/2jQyNyF, http://bit.ly/2kmnBx4
Medium weight interfacing:
https://amzn.to/2jyjHga, https://amzn.to/2jyxvXT, https://bit.ly/2kKPn3U
Heavy weight interfacing:
https://amzn.to/2kc5aZk, https://amzn.to/2jPrXM2, https://bit.ly/2kPohaI
Here is a list of all the tools I use that make my life as a dollmaker a lot easier 🙂 If you want to watch a video where I explain which tool I use for what, have a look here:
Beading Needles: https://goo.gl/ZQOKOd, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/50x-160041-Wholesale-New-Beading-Needles-Jewellery-Findings-12cm-/160735709137?hash=item256c9847d1:g:wy8AAOSw1DtXGI66
Doll Making Needles: https://goo.gl/d8y5ok, http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2054436.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xdoll+making+needles.TRS0&_nkw=doll+making+needles&_sacat=0
Wool Needles: https://goo.gl/Zl1QMF, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hemline-Hand-Needles-Wool-and-Yarn-Large-Eye-Packet-of-2-Sew-Knitted-Items-/291351370963?hash=item43d5e51cd3:g:ChwAAOSwYGFUse2W
Sewing Pins: https://goo.gl/Wi6zJD, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/480pcs-Multi-Colour-Round-Head-Faux-Pearl-Decorating-Pin-Dressmaking-Pin-OK-/261672779817?hash=item3cece9c029:g:epkAAOSw0vBUcZio
Hemostat: https://goo.gl/D6rEHd, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CRILE-HEMOSTAT-LOCKING-FORCEPS-STRAIGHT-CURVED-TIP-14cm-SET-/111900079400?hash=item1a0dc3b528:g:LA8AAOSwll1WuV7W
Rotary Cutter: https://goo.gl/7gL3VK, http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xrotary+cutter.TRS0&_nkw=rotary+cutter&_sacat=0
Fabric Scissors: https://goo.gl/EDFSWt, http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC1.A0.H0.Xfabric+scissors.TRS0&_nkw=fabric+scissors&_sacat=0
Cutting Mat: https://goo.gl/KIvMNv, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/A2-Thick-5-Ply-Self-Healing-Craft-Cutting-Mat-2-Side-Print-Quilting-Scrapbooking-/150850219588?hash=item231f5fae44:g:rs8AAOSwsN9XBHEG
Bamboo Chop Sticks: https://goo.gl/2itoK8, http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-5-Pairs-High-Quality-Classic-Asian-Bamboo-Chopsticks-Wooden-Dinner-Gift-/181465917743?hash=item2a4036292f:g:FUQAAOSwMmBVm28w
Air Erasable Pen: https://goo.gl/PMDWLw, http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/sis.html?_itemId=152029351329&_nkw=Sewing+Fabric+Craft+Air+Erasable+Marker+Pen+Pink+Pack+of+2+Free+Postage&_trksid=p2047675.m4099.l9146
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