Join Mopsa Wolff from 'Dalston Dolls' , a local maker who makes carefully crafted dolls, handmade in Hackney. She has also been running popular workshops teaching others how to create your own personalised doll using natural materials, hand & some machine sewing techniques. We are delighted to have Mopsa host one of her 'Dalston Dolls' workshops here at Fabrications and think the dolls make a wonderful gift for Christmas (and beyond!)
You can create a beautiful doll to take away and have the skills to make more on your own. All levels of makers are welcome, from beginner to expert. All materials will be provided, we will use good quality materials including organic stuffing wool. You will be able to choose from different skin tones and eye colours. Here are some examples of Dalston Dolls already existing in the world!
Plan for the Day:
In the morning you will stuff and attach the limbs and start on the head, after lunch sew on the features and the head to the body and start on the hair. You will be given guidance on how to make dolls clothes at home or you can book into Fabrications Craft Club for additional support. Places on the workshop are limited to 6 participants.
You will be supplied with your own 'Dalston Doll' pack of materials:
- fabric for torso and limbs, sewn up but not sewn together
- face fabric
- organic stuffing wool
- bandage and string for the head
- embroidery thread for features
- doll needle and darning needle (for hair)
- organic 100% wool brown yarn for hair, 50g ball (you can bring or buy alternatives if you prefer)
The dolls are stuffed with organic 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.
Warmth. Wool is a natural insulator and absorbs a wonderfully warm feeling within the dolls.
Naturally absorbent. Wool fibre not only pulls excess heat, but also draws in smells. It is very comforting for children to have a doll that smells just like home.
Naturally water repellent. Wool is mildew and mould resistant, which require moisture to grow. Wool also repels and resists lint, dust, and dirt.Renewable and sustainable.
Wool (shorn from sheep annually) is a renewable resource.
" My daughter Roma was really impressed with my doll, Bob, specially about his mobility! The workshop was really inspiring and the instructions and clear step by step explanations. I can’t wait to start a new doll for testing my memory and specially your experienced tips!!. You and Sevim were very tuned together and warm towards all of us and the structure and the progress of the two sessions were in a very pleasant pace. Oh! and the delicious lunch " Mita
" I have been doing a Steiner Waldorf doll making workshop with the lovely talented ladies at Dalston Dolls. These days there are a whole lot of crafts one can pick up online through Youtube and tutorials, but this is something I’m so glad I did with experienced makers. Not only was the company absolutely lovely but this turned out to be a really skilful process and I just don’t think I would have had the kind of satisfying experience making my first doll without the support and guidance of two makers who have done it many times before" Brenna
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