Monday, April 13, 2009

Making a Baby

With Little Miss' 2nd birthday fast approaching, it was time to get my craft on again. Specifically, it's about time I got to that Waldorf doll I've been planning on making her from forever ago. I'm pleased that I was able to make progress on it this weekend.

A few thoughts on this baby-doll-making business:

  1. It's tough! Crafting these dolls is most definitely a labor of love. No wonder I've seen these types of dolls sell from $80 to $200. These things take time. And care. Just crafting the basic pieces (not even assembling them yet), I probably spent about 4-6 hours. That included cutting the pieces, sewing them together, shaping the head, and stuffing the arms legs and body. Whew!
  2. It's kinda satisfying. As much as I've been wanting to make this doll for her, I've been putting it off because looking at all the random supplies . . . well, the task just kinda seemed overwhelming. And since I have such a tendency to over-research everything, I had read that they can be quite difficult to make and they are labor intensive. So basically, get ready to spend some serious time with them. The thing is after I hemmed and hawed over the head construction, wondering if I was doing it quite right, I pulled the flesh-colored fabric over the top of the inner head shaping I did and it actually looked kinda good. And I was a little amazed with myself. After spending so many hours on Friday night working on the doll, I wanted to see how Little Miss would react to it. So I did what any other weird crafting person would do. I kind of held up the head/top of the torso (which has the arms attached) with the body (unattached at this point) for her to see. She immediately grabbed it out of my hand, basically only getting her the head with the arms attached. She didn't seem to care though. She left the body and legs behind and held the head so close saying things like, "This is my baby" and "I love baby." Geez . . . if she can love the baby with no body and no face or hair . . . I would say that's a project worth finishing!
I was able to spend some more time Saturday night working on completely assembling the body so that we wouldn't have any more disembodied head cuddling. I thought I would get a lot more done than that, but the truth is, just hand stitching out the feet and legs, and attaching the body to the arms and head . . . I probably spent another 4-6 hours just on that. It's crazy to think about how much time something like this takes, but I've enjoyed it so far. Little Miss saw the baby all put together this morning and became very possessive of it, wanting to take it around the house with her everywhere and refusing to put it down for meals and so on. I made her leave it at home when we went to church (I'm not finished with it yet!), but when we got home you better believe she went right back to it.

I had work to do this evening so I wasn't able to spend any time with it, but now that the basic construction is done, all I have to fret about is not messing up the facial embroidery and the hair. I have never crocheted before and I think I will have to learn how to in order to make a wig to sew down on the baby. We'll see how that goes . . .

For now, so far so good!

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