Waldorf-Style Orthodox Priest Doll


Waldorf-style Orthodox priest doll with epitrachelion

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This is a one-of-a-kind, Orthodox priest doll. He is dressed in a black cassock, riassa, epitrachelion, and skufia, wears silver-frame glasses, has a gold crocheted pectoral cross, and carries a small gold crocheted censer. You will not find another one like him anywhere.

His head and body are constructed in the Waldorf style (filled and sculpted with tightly wound 100% wool batting). The face and hands are covered with peach-colored cotton knit (especially manufactured for making dolls) and his body is covered with black cotton knit. His beard and hair were crocheted with brunette brushable mohair yarn and stitched in place. His hair is pulled back into a ponytail tied with black yarn. His hair and beard may be combed gently with a small comb.

His removable skufia is made with extra-stiff crafting-weight interfacing and black rayon blend fabric (used for actual clerical clothing). His pectoral cross is crocheted from gold thread, stiffened slightly with no-fray solution, and is removable. His cassock is made of the same cotton knit fabric as his lower body. It is removable and closes in the front with two patches of Velcro. His riassa is made with the same fabric as the skufia and closes at the neck with a button and knotted loop closure. The epitrachelion is made from gold liturgical fabric, trimmed with a variety of gold ribbon and trim. Buttons are simulated using gold jewelry findings. The epitrachelion closes at the back of the neck with a hook and eye closure. His glasses were handmade using 16 gauge steel wire and thin clear plastic, and the ends of the earpieces were covered with hot glue to blunt them.

The miniature censer was crocheted from gold thread over a woolen form. A small loop of black elastic is sewn to the top of the censer so it may be fitted over the doll’s hand or wrist. Six tiny gold bells were stitched to the chains.

Care:  While the cassock and riassa are completely washable, I recommend spot cleaning the doll itself as needed, and hand-washing if absolutely necessary. (The skufia and epitrachelion should likewise be hand-washed if needed.) Soak in cool water using a gentle detergent or baby wash. Gently squeeze out excess water; do not wring or scrub. Lay on a towel to dry for one or more days depending on humidity. There are several good sites online giving explicit directions for cleaning Waldorf dolls and I recommend consulting them if you feel you need to wash him.

Dimensions: 14 inches tall wearing skufia

Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 9 × 5 × 16 in