Hello, I'm Megan. An Australian designer, maker and creative. I tell stories with thread and sometimes share those stories here on my blog. I also design and make beautiful heirloom dolls, create illustrations for fabric and dabble in crochet. If you would like to stay in touch with my work, you can sign up to the mailing list. Thank you for stopping by!


Annie, a Waldorf-Inspired Doll + Resources and Tips

I have really enjoyed my adventure in designing and making little Waldorf-inspired dolls so far. It has been something I have wanted to try for quite some time. I don't think I would have been able to pick it up as quickly, if I hadn't already had a lot of dollmaking experience. That's what I love about making a lot of different items over time - each one often teaches you skills that you can then go and apply to a completely different sewing project.

I consider Annie my first-ever proper waldorf-inspired doll. She was a little wool-filled head, rolling around my desk for months. That might sound a little gruesome, but I promise you it really isn't. Annie's head moved interstate with us, and I found it when I was unpacking - a month or two later.

Note here to say that if you have ever moved a considerable fabric and creative supply stash any distance, you will know how long it takes to unpack everything!

Inspired to turn the little head into a little doll, I made Annie. She took a little while to get her clothes as I wasn't quite sure what style she needed. Eventually, I chose a sensible bloomer and blouse combination as she had an adventurous spirit and I thought clothing she could run, climb and play in trees with would be most suited. She also has a backpack to put her treasures in.

I like making my dolls to be simple and childlike. Of course you can be any age and love dolls - at one point in our life, we have all had a connection to a favourite doll or teddy bear. I think these memories are often reignited in adulthood when we come across softies and toys. For me, it's important a doll can be interactive if she is purchased or made for a child. So Annie's clothing, headband, shoes, socks and backpack are all removable.

It's fair to say I have had a reasonable amount of questions about my waldorf-inspired dolls - especially for those who are eager to try making one themselves. As a maker, I do like to have my little black book of secrets, but as most of them are involved in my own unique processes, I have created a small resources page you can now find here on the blog - with links to books, blogs, websites and some shops that I particularly love. 

The resources page has information not only for those wanting to adventure into the world of waldorf-inspired doll making but also a list of my favourite business tools and craft books.

You can find it here - if you know someone who would find this page useful, please direct them back here, to my blog as I would love for more people to enjoy my work.

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