Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sweet Doll Mugs are Hard to Make!

You may think a Waldorf style doll face is easy to do. They look so simple. After all they are just two dots and a line. But if you think that you are deadwrong!

Even after making hundreds of dolls I still get very nervous whenever I get ready to embroider the face of a doll. If you make a mistake on the sweet doll face it may not look so sweet after all...

I think the eyes of a doll especially are very important. Like a person's eyes they are the "windows to the soul". So if you are striving to make a good doll, don't forget about the fact that each stitch counts!


The perfect mug takes time and patience! I never do the faces when the kids or husband are around. I am afraid I may yell at them if things don't go smoothly.

Here is a list of common mistakes people make (in my opinion)

1. Not having the doll's face centered on the head.
2. Making the eyes too far apart. If you do that the doll has more of a frog like expression. Not flattering in my opinion...
3. Making the mouth too low or too high.
4. Not putting the mouth centered.
5. Making messy uneven stitches.
6. Putting on a nose that is far too big. (I hardly ever do noses on my dolls. But I think big noses look really bad on a doll)

Hope this list of mine helps you if you are an aspiring doll artist. I think any homemade doll is better than the plastic stuff made in China. So don't be sad if a doll doesn't quite turn out. I am sure somebody will adopt a baby whose face is not perfect. My daughter was always happy to add a doll gone south to her collection...

2 comments:

Julie said...

I've made a couple of dollies for my girls but I absolutely *will not* do the face. I take them to my mom who has far more embroidery skill than I do. I think the fact they the faces really are so simple makes it *more* intimidating. When there's just two dots and a line every mistake is painfully visible.

germandolls said...

I used to take all my knitting jobs to my mom. She finished off all my sweaters I knitted. I miss her so badly...