An ‘Expert’ in my sons eyes.

In Waldorf education, “(g)rade 6 focuses on doll or animal making through drawing, pattern-making, sewing and stuffing (modeling the forms from the inside-out). Attention is given to capture qualitative gestures in the animal kingdom and to arrive at harmony of colour and form in the doll. In creating the clothing for the doll, knitting, crocheting and/or sewing skills are practiced and brought to harmonious, artistic expression.”

My son, Toshman, is in the midst of making his Class 6 doll.  Last week he brought his doll home from school unfinished.  I was kind of surprised because handwork doesn’t usually make its way home until it is complete.  So I asked why he had been allowed to bring home his doll.  His reply actually made me blush.  He said that he had asked his teacher if he could bring home his doll to finish up the hair because he was having a hard time and wanted to get my ‘expert’ opinion.  I never in a million years could have imagined this conversation.  I am so grateful and blessed to have ‘Expert Doll Maker’ as one of the ways that my children view me.




Lisa Watson - April 24, 2012 - 4:50 pm

That is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. Congratulations on raising such an awesome son!

Donna Johnson - April 24, 2012 - 4:50 pm

That is so sweet! He really loves and admires you. Nothing is like the love of a child. Thanks for sharing.

Charla N. - April 24, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Children are remarkable. My son asked me other day to make my famous bread. I figured out he was talking about eh box of mix I add water to and turn the bread machine on. To him it’s his mom’s famous bread! LOL. So sweet. We can do what we perceive as hardly our best effort and them we are amazing mommies! The things that don’t even show up on our radar can be huge to them. 🙂

Kim - April 24, 2012 - 7:37 pm

He’s done quite an excellent job. What an early Mother’s Day gift… really, it’s a beautiful sentiment to know that your son thinks of your craft so highly.

Sara - April 24, 2012 - 7:43 pm

That is so sweet.

Jenn E. - April 24, 2012 - 7:45 pm

So sweet :). Thanks for sharing :).

Cecile - April 25, 2012 - 3:04 am


I would like to know more about Waldorf education, is there a website with regards to this. I would love to be able to teach my daughter how to make waldorf dolls – is there places that one can go learn at or maybe something online? (I am living in South Africa)


Tanya W - April 25, 2012 - 9:07 am

Oh, this is such a great post! Having a son the same age, I love that your son came to you for help and prized your work so highly 🙂 So sweet. I find it amazing the things that my kids think I am the best at that wouldn’t even come into my mind.

He’s done a fantastic job on his doll too 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

Brenda Bell - April 25, 2012 - 11:53 am

This is so sweet! He has done a wonderful job with his work!

Rickiann - April 26, 2012 - 2:52 am

You have one sweet boy ! N omg his doll is cute !!!

Janet - April 26, 2012 - 1:22 pm

He is sweet and so is his wonderful doll…if he sells it…Iwould like to buy it!!!

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