This spring, we have had a lot of fun new products coming through our doors here at Bella Luna Toys, but I’m not sure that any has caused as much excitement around here as our new book Making Peg Dolls.
Its author, Margaret Bloom, had contacted me recently about carrying it. Since I’ve been interested in adding more doll-making crafts so that parents can make their own Waldorf toys, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, but I was unprepared for just how excited I would be once I got the book in my hands and was able to look between its covers.
My assistant Amy and I probably lost an hour of work time as we ooh-ed and ah-ed over Margaret’s adorable creations, and our hands started itching to get busy making families of these sweet little dolls!
I was surprised at how substantial the book is, with over 60 darling wooden peg doll designs for every season, and with nearly 200 pages pages of full-color photographs. There are instructions for creating dolls with fairy tales themes, as well as for holidays and festivals.
The wonderful thing about peg dolls is how easy they are to make, even for someone with very little crafting experience. Best of all, this is a great craft activity that adults and children can do together.
You’ll only need some inexpensive wooden peg doll bases (which we now offer at Bella Luna Toys). Most of the materials used to decorate them, can probably be found around your house. The peg doll forms are made of unfinished wood and can be painted (I recommend Stockmar Opaque Watercolor Paints), or clothed with pieces of wool felt or fabric scraps.
The book offers easy, step-by-step directions with hand-drawn illustrations. You might want to start by following Margaret’s patterns, but you’ll soon be inspired to start designing your own original peg people.
Watch the video below to see a delightful animated video featuring some of Margaret’s creations. I guarantee you’ll be inspired!
Won’t you join Amy and me in creating families of Wooden Peg Dolls? We’d love to see photos of your creations! You can EMAIL them to me, and I will post them on the blog.
Happy doll making!