Mistysworkshop

Affordable Waldorf Inspired Cloth Dolls, Netchie Dolls

Black Earth, Wisconsin | 39 Sales

Mistysworkshop

Affordable Waldorf Inspired Cloth Dolls, Netchie Dolls

Black Earth, Wisconsin 39 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   Netchie dolls are handmade with love, one at a time, by me, with high quality materials. The art of creating these dolls by hand makes every doll unique. Thank you for visiting my shop!
-Misty Deal, Doll Artist

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Last updated on Oct 14, 2018

Netchie dolls are handmade with love, one at a time, by me, with high quality materials. The art of creating these dolls by hand makes every doll unique. Thank you for visiting my shop!
-Misty Deal, Doll Artist

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Welcome to my workshop!

Hi! Welcome to my workshop! My name is Misty, I'm from the United States and have been living in Wisconsin for the last 10 years. I left my crazy-busy life as a Registered Nurse and am doing what I love.

My passion is working with fabric and my favorite item to make with fabric is dolls!
Netchie Dolls are Waldorf-inspired cloth dolls designed by me to be a high quality and affordable alternative to a traditional Waldorf doll. They are handmade with love, one at a time, by me, with high quality materials. The art of creating these dolls by hand makes every doll unique.

A Waldorf doll is a form of doll compatible with Waldorf (or Steiner) education philosophies. Made of natural materials, such as fine woolen or cotton skin toned fabric, generally filled with pure wool stuffing, hair and clothing materials are also made from natural fibers. The doll makers use techniques drawing on traditional European doll-making.

The dolls appearance is intentionally simple in order to allow the child playing with it to develop the imagination and creative play. For instance, it has either no features, or a simple neutral expression. They are ideally entirely natural. Dolls vary in the form best suited to the stage of development of the child; from a simple sack or pillow doll for a baby, a knotted or handkerchief style for a teething child, a simple doll with bulky limbs and either short hair or a hat for a toddler. For an older more independent child who can change clothing and dress hair, 'formed' limbed dolls with the ability to sit are introduced with changeable clothing and often longer hair. Typically hair on a Waldorf doll is made of pure wool such as mohair or boucle, ply wool or cotton. Features are always a simple suggestion and ideally neutral, so the child can imagine the personality and mood of the doll and if the doll is awake or asleep. Some Waldorf dolls have small suggestions of noses. Skin, eye and mouth colors vary with each doll, ideally to reflect the coloring of the child for a first doll.

Dolls usually become the first props in a child’s pretend play. Doll play helps to develop language and social skills, making children more creative and less aggressive. By dressing and feeding dolls, children also develop motor skills and coordination. Doll playing allows children to practice their future roles as adults, helping them develop love and care for other people. A Waldorf doll becomes a friend. A true companion with whom a child shares his or her hopes, dreams, and adventures.

Also, human beings are the only species that are known to make an image of themselves. Dolls of many forms and materials have been around as long as humans have been! Many are hundreds of years old and still well-preserved. Dolls actually increase in value with time and are one of the few things that will not be replaced by technology.

All these are reasons that make being a doll artist so special.

You can also follow Netchie Dolls on Instagram: instagram.com/netchiedolls and YouTube! Please visit my Facebook page: facebook.com/netchiedolls to see more examples of my work and come behind the scenes in the world of doll making.

Enjoy browsing and please feel free to send me a message with any special requests. Questions and feedback are always appreciated!

Production partners

  • Jean Ness

    Lodi, WI

    Jean is a talented artist and seamstress who works with different mediums such as cloth, yarn, and watercolors.

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Last updated on Aug 1, 2018
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Care instructions

Touch up small stain areas with soap and water and scrub with a toothbrush.

When the doll is ready for a complete bath, fill a basin with cool water and a mild soap. Wrap any long loose hair styles in a nylon stocking to prevent matting and felting. Immerse the doll and gently suds the soil away, scrubbing extra dirty areas with a toothbrush.

Be careful not to rub the hair. Rinse the doll in cool water, and BLOT excess moisture with a towel - do not wring. Re-shape the doll as necessary and dry flat on a towel, face up, away from heat.

How long does it take to make a doll?

Each doll takes me 5-6 hours to make, not including the outfit. The most time-consuming part is the hair! The wig cap is knitted on a round loom, sewn firmly to the head, and then "hair" is latched in a strand at a time. This process takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Safety Information

Materials are tested for safety by Weir Crafts as stated below: www.weircrafts.com for more information:

WE HAVE TESTED ALL OUR FABRICS, WOOL, YARNS AND FELTS. ALL THESE PRODUCTS TESTED TO BE FREE OF LEAD OR ANY HEAVY METALS. These products are in full compliance with CPSIA requirements.

It is important to us that you know our products are lead and pthalatefree and are safe for our children. It is part of our commitment to green policy not to carry products that harm the environment, either for our children or us. WE also seacrh for fibers that have been sustainable and humanely grown. For more complete information, see indivitdual product listings