Atelier Lavendel dolls are designed and handmade by me with lots of love, care and precision, using organic high quality materials. Every little soul I create is made one at a time. Everyone of them has its own little soul, its own personality. To create Atelier Lavndel dolls I use my own patterns, which I am continually altering. Over 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.
While creating Atelier Lavndel natural fibers dolls I strive to make my idea of an innocent child, of happy childhood visible and experiencable.
Most important to me are materials I choose for that: natural, mostly organic or vintage 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 a true companion within a free imaginative play. 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.
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 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 yarn or wool locks for dolls hair.
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 natural fibers dolls, Waldorf inspired dolls, Artist Bears and organic natural accessories are listed in my Etsy-shop. Custom orders are welcome. You alre also welcome to purchase directly through my web side. Please, drop me a line, when you are interested. In my portfolio and in my blog you can find some more pictures of my latest Atelier Lavendel creations – get inspired!