I am a maker, teacher and parent. I have always been drawn to handwork and am happy to share my doll making courses with people of different skill levels, ages and backgrounds.
I began by making a doll for my daughter then couldn't resist making two more when my sons both asked for one. In my experience both boys and girls can appreciate dolls, especially if they are made for them by someone they love.
As well as making a few dolls to sell I teach Doll Making Workshops in London and Online.
Participants are able to choose the hair, eye and skin colour of their doll, they come out in a wide variety of styles!
I encourage you to enjoy the creative journey and celebrate the perfectly imperfect handmade.
I also offer one to one doll making tutorial sessions. Examples of dolls made at my workshops are shown on my website, made mostly by complete beginner doll makers.
It is important to me to use natural, ethically sourced and local materials as much as possible.
I often use hair wool from Garthenor in Wales which is undyed and organic. The clothes are often recycled or waste fabric, I am currently using up bundles of cashmere offcuts from a Scottish wooden mill .
Wool will absorb warmth and the smell of home, it will repel damp, is biodegradable and renewable. It is also tactile and healthy to work with due to the natural lanolin oil in the wool. While it would be cheaper to use synthetic stuffing, I use natural sheep's wool from Rosewood farm in Yorkshire where the sheep “live entirely on our synthetic fertiliser and pesticide free pastures, lamb naturally without human intervention and require no routine medication or synthetic pesticides, meaning a residue-free fleece and an entirely sustainable and natural end-product” All good to know if your child is cuddling their doll to sleep at night.