Ordering Custom Orthodox Dolls

I offer Orthodox Waldorf-style dolls in two sizes: 8 inches and 14 inches. In those sizes I offer priest, monk, and nun dolls. When I have time, I make dolls as they appeal to me and offer them ready-to-ship. Those dolls will appear in the shop in the  Liturgical Play category. Below is information about ordering custom dolls.

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All dolls:

All of the dolls regardless of type or size are made with top-quality materials. The skin is 100% cotton knit especially created for doll-making. The fabric for cassocks, etc., is also cotton knit, and as close to 100% as I can make it (some minor variation is possible). They are stuffed only with wool, which is traditionally used for Waldorf-style dolls. I obtain most of my wool from an Orthodox woman who hand-washes and hand-cards it. (If my demand is higher than she can supply it may be supplemented with commercially processed wool.) Sometimes a small amount of lanolin is still present in the wool (only important if you are one of the rare few who are allergic to it). Wool resists bacterial growth and takes on the warmth of the body making it a wonderful choice for dolls. Hair/beards can be made with wool, wool-blend, or acrylic yarn depending on the effect desired. Eyes are embroidered. Hair and beards are hand-crocheted (and possibly hand-knotted). The bodies and clothing are a combination of machine and hand-stitched. I do my best to make the dolls very durable.

Below is a photograph of the currently available skin-tones (dark brown, tan, blush, cream): [I will be adding to these colors over time.]

Below is a representation of some non-wool yarn for hair (may vary):

Below is a representation of some wool yarn for hair (may vary):

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Small Dolls

The small dolls are approximately 8 inches tall and are safe for babies. There are no loose parts, no removeable parts, and no buttons. Of course they can be enjoyed by older children as well.

Each doll has a cassock attached at the armholes and neck (so it isn’t removable) and a skufia or veil stitched to the head. Priest dolls have a crocheted pectoral cross which is firmly stitched down across the neck and shoulders. Monks have a ribbon belt stitched down. Monk and nun dolls have a small red cross stitched on the front of the skufia/veil.

Because of the nature of the doll they are only mildly customizable. I offer four skin tones and several different colors of hair (for the priest and monk dolls). Small dolls are $70 each, regardless of type.

Each small doll will take approximately 4 days to make. There may be a delay before work can begin on your doll if I am waiting for materials to arrive or if I am already working on prior orders. I will be clear before beginning as to when you can expect your doll.

All dolls shipping domestically are shipped USPS priority mail with insurance unless you prefer a different arrangement. International shipping will be researched for you before beginning. I am not responsible for VAT fees, etc.

Below are examples of some small dolls:

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Large Dolls

The larger dolls are approximately 13-15 inches tall. Clothing and accessories are removeable. All three variations (priest, monk, nun) are dressed in black cassocks suitable for the doll. Monk dolls have a monastic-style belt (closes with velcro) over their cassock and carry a knotted prayer rope (not traditionally knotted, only simply knotted). Priest dolls wear a crocheted pectoral cross (gold or silver) and carry a small crocheted censer with tiny bells (gold or silver). [I have not yet had the chance to make a full-size nun doll, but she would also carry a prayer rope.]

All of the dolls are sewn so that the top half is skin-tone and the bottom half is black (to simulate pants). Nun dolls have skin tone only at the hands and face. Monk and priest dolls have that option as well. The cassocks are closed with two tabs of Velcro.

All priests and monks are bearded, the beards and hair being crocheted to fit and so appearing somewhat trimmed. Priests can come with short hair, ponytail, or bun. Monks come with a ponytail.

Each large doll will take approximately one week to make. There may be a delay before work can begin on your doll if I am waiting for materials to arrive or if I am already working on prior orders. I will be clear before beginning as to when you can expect your doll.

As per shop policy for any custom order over $75 I require a 50% deposit in order to begin work. After agreeing on the order with you I will create a custom listing for 50% of the price of the doll, not including shipping. I will begin after you purchase that listing. While working I will send in-progress photos so we can make sure you are receiving exactly the doll you want. At completion I will create a second custom listing for 50% of the price including shipping. All dolls shipping domestically are shipped USPS priority mail with insurance unless you prefer a different arrangement. International shipping will be researched for you before beginning. I am not responsible for VAT fees, etc.

Basic dolls are customizable for skin tone, hair color, skufia type (within reason), color of cross or censer, and hair style. These dolls are priced as follows, taking into account the varying amount of time it takes to make each type:

  • Priest: $125
  • Monk: $120
  • Nun: $115

Below are some examples of basic large dolls:

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There are additional upgrades that will further customize your doll [special customizing not yet available on nun dolls at this time]:

Priest/Monk dolls:

  • The beards can be hand-knotted into the crocheted base and a range of colors can be used to appear more realistic. This means the beard can be longer or shorter. Matching, more realistic eyebrows can be embroidered as well: $20
  • Silver-frame glasses (I haven’t found a suitably stiff gold wire yet) without lenses which are removeable (the ear-pieces are blunted at the ends): $5
  • Hand-knitted sweater vest (black) with functional buttons: $20
  • Additional changes will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Below are some examples of customizations:

If you have further questions or you would like to consult with me about making a custom doll for you, please use the contact form below:

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