Meet Tilda and Mathilda, two summer bear sisters!
Standing 7 inches (18cm), they are a OOAK antique vintage style weighted art bears, lovingly handmade by Atelier Lavendel, using my designs and high-quality all natural materials.
These bears are made with high quality antique style blonde mohair fabric from traditional working German manufacture Steiff Schulte, which gives them lovely well much loved vintage appearance. Their original glass eyes are handmade in the Lauscha glass manufacture, Germany. I hand embroidered their noses with cotton embroidery floss. I used organic clean wood shavings to stuff the body and the limbs firmly and added to the chubby bellies some steel shot, which is safely placed within linen bags, for more lovely weight.
These bears are sympathetically aged and hand painted using non-toxic pastel colours.
Their full jointed arms, legs and heads are movable and pose able.
Their cowls and bonnets with green leaf of pure wool felt leaf on the top are made with gorgeous wool/silk blend and can be put off. These bears are available here.
Jennifer is an ooak natural fiber art doll by Atelier Lavendel. She wears sunny yellow polka dotted dress, decorated with original German antique Westphalian cotton lace, white-red stripped leggings of organic cotton, undies beneath, original antique German crochet cotton socks and booties of green and white felt, made of pure wool. I made her large cowl with finest off-while mohair on silk. Jennifer has black eyes, which are made of German hand made glass. Her hair is made with hand dyed and hand sewn weft, crocheted into a cap, it can be restyled and gently combed. This doll has a neck, ears, a belly button and a sweet bum. She is weighted and can sit nicely. Her head is soft sculptured of carded clean organic sheep wool. Through the inner armature in her neck the head is slightly movable, gentle but most expressive gestures and expressions are possible. The body is firmly stuffed with 100% organic pure wool; the “skin” is of high-quality 100% cotton interlock from traditional Swiss manufacture. All seams are double-sewn for more durability. All doll´s clothes are removable and washable.
John is Jennifer´s little bear. Standing approximately 5 inches (14cm), he is an OOAK vintage style weighted artist bear, lovingly handmade by Atelier Lavendel, using my designs and high-quality all natural materials. This bear is made with high quality viscose fabric from the traditional working German manufacture Steiff Schulte, which gives him a lovely well much loved vintage appearance. His original glass eyes are handmade in the Lauscha glass manufacture, Germany. I hand embroidered his nose with cotton embroidery floss. I used organic clean sheep wool to stuff the body and the limbs and added to the belly some steel shot, which is safely placed within a linen bag, for more lovely weight. This bear is hand painted using non-toxic pastel colours. HIs fully jointed arms, legs and head are movable and pose able.
HIs cowl with a vintage rose and tiny bell on its top is made with wool/silk and can be put off.
Jennifer comes with a certificate of authenticity with all the details about her, which is signed by me. I intended this doll and the bear as a little treasure to display or as a special heirloom toy to an older child for gentle play. Jennifer and J0hn are available here.
Waldorf Doll Seminar 2018 in Elspeet, the Netherlands, has passed as a firework of all kinds of beautiful impressions around the doll art and Waldorf doll making. Meeting new and old friends has been an existential part of the event. As much as enjoying amazing, different, intriguing, charming dolls by many different brilliantly talented doll artists everywhere. Teaching my workshops in this doll-passionate atmosphere has been a truly magical experience. Thank you so much, my dear participants, you great ladies, for your hard work, your patience and your smiles. Thanks to my doll maker colleagues, it was great and highly inspiring to see you and to talk to you again. And thousand thanks to Kamrin and Berend, the organising hands behind the all of it.
Hoping to see you all soon again!
I want you to meet Lenni and Max. Lenni is an OOAK waldorf natural fibers doll, standing 16 inches, handmade by Atelier Lavendel with lots love and care. Max is her tiny baby doll.
Lenni wears yellow polka dotted dress, decorated with original antique German Westphalian cotton lace, white-red stripped leggings of organic cotton, undies beneath and booties of green and white felt, made of pure wool. I made her large cowl with original Donegal Tweed. She loves her delicate vintage Scotch broche with sparkling marcasite’s , which she is using as a cowl closure. Her hair pin is decorated with a red hand felted rose of Australian finest merino wool. All her clothes are removable and washable.
Lenni´s special heirloom is her genuine red Coral neckace. Coral is believed to increase self-esteem and energy. Balances and dissipates negative energy. Promotes success, abundance and clear thinking, protective and lucky when worn as jewellery. Tiny 2,5mm Coral beads are strung here on a silk cord with the ends left decoratively to fray. This necklace is to close securely and comfortably with a magnetic silver metal closure. It is 7 inches long, so that it would make a sweet bracelet to a girl or young woman.
Lenni has blue eyes, which are carefully hand embroidered. Her hair is made with DollyMo mohair. It is crocheted into a cap with her braids fastened on both sides of her head pony-tails style. It can be restyled and gently combed. This doll has a neck, ears, a belly button and a sweet bum. Her head is soft sculptured of clean organic sheep wool. Through the inner armature in her neck the head is slightly movable, gentle but most expressive gestures and expressions are possible. The body is firmly stuffed with 100% organic pure wool; the “skin” is of high-quality 100% cotton interlock from traditional Swiss manufacture.
Her shoulder bag with a lamp work mushroom pendant is crochet wit my favourite ethically made wool/silk/mohair fibre. Tiny friend of Lenny, she calls her Max, is usually sitting in this carry bag quite still and looking around. Max is wearing light blur overall of organic cotton velvet, which can not be put off. Her hat and cowl of gorgeous wool/wild silk blend in gentle shades of green and beige, as well as her tiny blanket of lace weight mohair can be put off. Her hair of DollyMo mohair can be gently finger combed.
This doll is made to be a companion and a true play mate within a free imaginative play and can be hand washed in a basin with a mild soap. Because of her delicate hair I recommend spot cleaning as long time as possible.
Lenni and Max are now available here.
This little one is enjoying the sunshine and dainty scent of the first anemones you can see everywhere walking in the woods here. Sitting in his cosy woollen pouch, he is just smiling happily and looking forward to meet his friend, Lenni. More pictures of both of them coming soon. Wishing an inspiring spring breeze to everyone!
The European Waldorf Doll Seminar in Mennorode, the Netherlands is nearing. Amongst absolutely wonderful doll maker Atelier Lavendel is offering our own doll making workshop on 25–26th May. It is a 40cm traditional Waldorf style original Atelier Lavendel doll, which we are going to create together. Advanced doll makers and beginners are welcome.
We have just free spots available. Please feel free to apply here or to contact me directly, if you wish to join us.
Heidy shell be one of my inspiration for this prototype doll, which is now in the making. It is a new pattern I am using for it, with some more advanced details in making but looking still traditional classic Waldorf style.
There are also some free spots in my bear making workshop on 26–27th May on the Seminar in Mennorode. This little guy on the picture below will be assisting us to bring into being your own sweet and cuddly original miniature artist bears. No bear making experience is required.
Looking forward to meet you in Mennorode!
Heidi has been a custom doll, made just for the little hands, standing 17 inches. Heidi travelled to her new home on a windy day to see the snowy mountains and to make a little girl smile. This doll is a traditional Atelier Lavendel Waldorf inspired doll, lovingly made by hand with lots attention to detail.
May light and love keep every house safe and happy!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018 to all!