Making dolls is a long but very special process. I will open you a little secret of components in making them. A piece of fabric, wool, threads, inspiration, little more of imagination, a lot of love and a new character is born.
As soon as they are hand crafted they are usually never the same but still have common featurs as every maker has own style. Mostly my dolls are created to look like a child or sometimes character of beloved fairy tales.All Darling dolls are organic and non allergic. For their skin I use cotton interlock jersey that I hand dye at home with fabric dyes Dylon or natural dyes as tea, saffron, red food dye. These dyes are strong enough to be washed out.
They are stuffed with pure wool roving and lambs wool. That makes them very soft, cuddly and sweet smelling wool, bringing memory of village, childhood.
For their hair I use wool or mohair. Some of mohair boucle I dye myself with natural dyes (chamomile, tea, walnut, saffron, tormentia, catecu) or if I cannot get needed colour I use great colours made by Dylon. The yarn passes long process of dyeing that excludes fading.
Cute dollies’ eyes and lips are carefully embroidered with Anchor or DMC threads for embroidering. And rose cheeks are pained with beeswax crayon (Stockmar, Germany) which is popularly used in Waldorf pedagogy.