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Knecht Ruprecht is dedicated to handcrafted Waldorfdolls for any occasion and for almost every age.

Marie, the artist behind Knecht Ruprecht, believes in the importance of dolls and dollplay and it is a great pleasure for her to create these important little friends. Since her own Waldorfschooling she has created handmade toys from natural materials. (That makes about twenty five years of Waldorf-Toy making experience : )

Marie grew up in a family of artists, with lots of selfmade and handcrafted things around herself. Her mother is a ceramic artist, her father is a painter and is running a gallery. Very soon in her childhood she started painting and sculpturing in the atelier of her parents.

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About

About the Artist

Knecht Ruprecht is dedicated to handcrafted Waldorfdolls for any occasion and for almost every age.

Marie, the artist behind Knecht Ruprecht, believes in the importance of dolls and dollplay and it is a great pleasure for her to create these important little friends. Since her own Waldorfschooling she has created handmade toys from natural materials. (That makes about twenty five years of Waldorf-Toy making experience : )

Marie grew up in a family of artists, with lots of selfmade and handcrafted things around herself. Her mother is a ceramic artist, her father is a painter and is running a gallery. Very soon in her childhood she started painting and sculpturing in the atelier of her parents.

During her time as a Waldorfstudent she was educated in all different kinds of arts and craftsmanships. After having finished her studies in Visual Fine Arts at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz she started working as an independent artist.

Since she is a mother to a little daughter and a little son she started working on dolls and wooden toys for her children. Some friends asked if she could create dolls and wooden toys for their children too and so she started to sell her handcrafted treasures for babies and children.

All pieces are made with love and great attention to detail. Each and every doll she makes is unique and handmade by herself. All pieces are made of the best materials possible. Only 100% organic wool stuffing is used. Nearly all wool and felt used for her creations come from the local farmers collective Manufaktur Haslach. This Collective supports different rare and endangered species of sheep and organic farming, no pesticides or chemicals are used. The wool is only washed with soda, mild soap and warm water. The 100% cotton skin of all Knecht Ruprecht Dolls is approved in accordance with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 certification. It is made by Laib Yala Tricot AG from Switzerland. It is a very high quality fabric which is used and approved since years for the purpose of Waldorfdoll making. This fabric is very resistant and allows a long lifetime of the dolls I make. Everything is made in a smoke free and pet free environment. Each doll is made with careful, small and tight stitches.

Custom Order:
I do take custom orders. I will always try my best to make what you had envisioned, but since every doll is unique you are not obligated to buy the custom you ordered. This is a risk for me of course, but I believe that my customers should be happy with there purchase. Each doll made to order may appear slightly different from photos in the listings. If requested I will email you pictures of the finished doll. You will make a decision on whether or not to go through with purchase.I will ship promptly when complete. Please allow one week processing time from the day you place your order until your order is shipped.

Doll Care:
When your doll becomes soiled from play, you can give it a bath. If possible try to do spot removal before giving a whole bath. When you submerge your doll in water it will take days to dry, please advise your child of this. Sometime it is just necessary. Fill a basin with cool water and add a small amount of mild soap. I would not recommend using a high sudsing soap, or you will be rinsing bubbles out for a very long time.
Immerse the doll in the water. Let the doll soak for a while, especially if it is heavily soiled. Gently squish the soapy water in and out of the doll. Empty the water out of the basin, and press gently down on the doll to squeeze out as much water as you can, but don't twist or wring the body. Your doll will be very heavy from all the
water that has been absorbed. Refill the basin with clear water, and rinse the doll thoroughly. Do this several times to get all the soap out. When the doll is rinsed, wrap it in a towel and squeeze gently to remove more water. Reshape the head and limbs if necessary. Place the doll, face up, on a towel and let it dry out for a day or two. Since the towels will get saturated with water, use a few and keep rotating to soak up the water.

Find doll care instructions incl. illustration here:
http://knechtruprechtdolls.blogspot.com/2010/01/anleitung-furs-puppenbad-doll-bath.html

Why Wool?
I am asked sometimes why I use wool and not poly fill stuffing for my dolls. First of all it’s a natural material and I personally love to work only with natural materials. But there are much more pros for wool. When cuddled, a wool stuffed doll takes on the warmth of the child, making it come "alive." Wool is naturally antibacterial. It actually can’t sustain bacteria. It's naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial, flame and mold resistant. Plus, wool is calming and lowers your heart rate. Wool doesnt take many recurces while growing, and it can be recycled 100%.

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