What first attracts you to a doll.
For me it's the face and the hair followed by a sense that the doll is nicely proportioned.
I decided to review the faces I have made this year.
Two of them have a little needlefelted sculpting, just a little bit of experimenting the rest are sculpted in the usual Waldorf manner using string and traditional skills.
I have to admit I love my dolls' faces.
I love their understated features that draw you in and make you feel protective of their innocence.
This little red headed girl above, Pippa has some needlefelting.
I couldn't resist as I have seen so many dollmakers doing it , I wanted to find out if it suited my dolls and my temperament. The jury is still out on that one.
I love the spontaneity of the way I create, to dream a doll and then make it happen. I know how to make the face be the way I want it to be with the skills I have honed over many years.
I don't have that skill yet with needlefelting and it is a much lengthier process which doesn't necessarily sit well with my work style though I admit it may be something I will enjoy playing around with as the mood hits me.
For now and probably for the future I am in love with the faces of the little people I make.
They speak right to my soul and I believe they inspire a protectiveness and gentleness, I feel that their elegantly simple little faces draw you in and free your imagination to let them be happy, sad, bemused, cross... whatever you need them to be.
After all this time I still cradle each little head I make and kiss it, inspired by its sweet innocence.
This last picture is my most recent needlefelted head. She is mine, an experiment, research and development , playing around with skills and styles and seeing how they fit with me. I do love her but she doesn't make me catch my breath the way my regular dolls do, she doesn't seem as alive to me somehow ... plenty of time though for more experimenting.