I believe in the importance of toys with beautiful natural quality. All Atelier Lavendel dolls are designed and handmade by me with lots of love, care and precision, using organic high quality natural materials. Every little soul I create is made one at a time. Everyone of them has its own little soul, its own personality.
Creating Atelier Lavndel dolls I use my own patterns, which I am continually altering. Ten years of doll-making experience give me the necessary support by constantly improving my skills. It takes me many hours to awake a doll to live.
My OOAK dolls require weeks of work. Creating Atelier Lavndel dolls I strive to make my idea of an innocent child, of happy childhood visible and experiencable. Most important for me are the materials I choose for it: natural, mostly organic or antique fabrics and yarns. I expect them to speak to your hands too, to tell you their stories, to inspire, to awake memories and dreams…. Antique lace and fabrics, vintage accessories and small treasures of old might add their spirit of time as well…. Above this, Atelier Lavendel dolls are made sturdy and safe enough, to enable them to be what I feel a doll has naturally to be in a first place – true companion within a free imaginative play.
In my studio I am doing all by myself, from the very first sketch or idea and doing research for the fabrics and yarns, drawing the pattern, sew, knit, stuff, crochet and embroider to taking pictures, editing, packaging and shipping. It gives me the feeling of a deep content to watch every step of this wonderful magic, of a wonderful awakening out of somewhere, out of an idea, an inspiration, of some scrapes of fabric and flakes of wool – the magical awakening of a little soul.
For my dolls I choose pure natural best quality available fibres, such as organic cotton and linen fabrics, clean organic wool and wool felt, plant dyed yarns and organic silk. For my doll´s stuffing I use local clean sheep wool from biological working farms here in Germany. For dolls skin I take high quality sturdy doll making cotton interlock, traditionally produced in Switzerland. I usually take mohair for dolls hair. Atelier Lavendel dolls are stuffed very firmly and have free movable arms and legs. Their facial features are lovingly hand embroidered. I love their minimalistic kind which allows them to keep the light of the innocence childhood on them. Every one Atelier Lavendel doll is made as one-of-a-kind.
Atelier Lavendel dolls come to the customers packed as a gift and completed with lavender buds sachets. My 14 inches to 20 inches tall cloth dolls bring with them additionally a small care kit, including a natural beeswax crayon and a piece of soft fabric for lovely cheeks, an extra strong sewing thread and a note with detailed care instructions.
Atelier Lavendel dolls may be hand washed in lukewarm water with a small amount of wool detergent or mild soap. Please, try to do spot cleaning as long as possible, before washing your doll completely. Do not twist or wring the doll as long as it is still wet. After washing wrap the doll carefully in a fluffy towel and gently squeeze out the water. Repeat that several times. Place the doll back down on a cozy towel and let it dry for a couple of days.
Atelier Lavendel dolls are made with lot of love, care and precision. For safety reason they are to be checked regularly, like any others toys. Please, help your doll stay healthy! If you see a run – seize to the needle and to the thread. In your package you will find matching extra strong thread, which I use for my dolls. Should the damage seem to be getting worse, please feel free to contact me directly.
Ready-to-go Atelier Lavendel OOAK dolls, Waldorf inspired dolls and Artist Bears by Atelier Lavendel
and organic natural accessories are listed in my Etsy-shop. Custom orders are welcome! In my portfolio you can find some more pictures of my latest Atelier Lavendel creations – get inspired!