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Story Dolls

for Imaginative Childhood Play

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Creative E-Workshop

Join me for this video workshop where you will learn to make story dolls for your child.

Story dolls are handmade dolls for our children to use in their creative play. 

Story dolls are made from all natural materials, have a flat base and are weighted, so that they stand up. Together with some coloured play silks and some simple wooden animals they are perfect for story telling props.

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These story dolls are created without facial features so that the doll can mould with the child's imagination....whether the doll is sleeping, awake, happy or sad is up to the child. 

Simple dolls without detailed faces really help our children develop the ability to form inner pictures.

A wonderful skill in our world today of screens screens and more screens! "Inner picturing" enhances our children's ability to think creativity.

Through dolls children learn about love, nurture and friendship. They provide a safe space for our children to "play out their day" and to express their emotions.
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"When a Child really loves you ...
Really loves you,
then you become Real."

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

What's included in the course?
  • An Introductory Video where I will talk you through (and show you) the materials you need for making standing dolls. You can then begin collecting or ordering the supplies you will need to make these little dolls.

 

  • Story Doll Making Course Material ready for you to print. This 33 page Instructional Guide with colour images of each step will walk you through the process of story doll making. Inside the guide you will also find a list of materials needed, notes on the materials + supplies to help you create your own beautiful story telling dolls.

 

  • Story Doll Printable Pattern Sheets

 

  • 17 Step by Step Videos to complement to the Course Material, teaching you every step of the way. Sometimes you really need to watch how something is done, so these videos are just like I am there walking you through the process.

 

  • OPTIONAL MATERIALS KIT - You also have the option of purchasing a materials kit, which will be delivered to you with all the main materials needed to create these darling dolls. See below for details of what materials are included. 

 

What happens when I sign up?

When you sign up for the course, you will receive an email with a link to the membership site and your own unique login details. 

Once you click on the link and login you will see all the Course Material ready to download and the videos waiting for you. 

If you have questions along the way, simply email us at hello@natalietrusler.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

 

 

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The course includes full colour step by step instructions & videos to guide you through the magic of doll making ...

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Join me and learn the nourishing art of doll making...

Join the Story Doll E-Workshop

A$79 one time payment

Join the Story Doll E-Workshop & Material Pack

A$99 one time payment
  • including materials for 2 dolls & Australian domestic postage.
  • +AU$10 for International postage

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Commonly asked questions...

IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

Absolutely. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before, I believe that through the videos and course material you will be able to make a story doll. I've taught many "non-believers" to sew over my life and I truely believe that if you want to learn then you are half way there!

What Type of Dolls will I make?

The course will teach you to make the perfect story telling doll, these small standing dolls are about 15cm tall, with a flat base and weighted so that they can stand. The dolls don't have arms or faces (just rosy cheeks!) and are loved by children for creative play + storytelling.

I plan to teach an advanced class in the coming months that will build upon the skills that you learn in this first course. In the Story Dolls Advanced Course you will learn to make dolls with arms, formed heads and embroidered faces. This Story Doll Course will be the foundation and a prerequisite for the Story Dolls Advanced Course. 

 

Are the Materials Included?

Material Kits are available if you choose the option on checkout.

If you choose the standard course E-Workshop option (without a material kit) then, no materials will not be included. In the course material I will provide you with everything that you need to gather and some possible suppliers. 

 

What size are the Story dolls?

The Story dolls included in this course are about 15-16cm tall, depending on the hair style you choose and about 7-8cm wide, again depending on how you dress your doll.

 

Will I get patterns for the dolls?

Yes the course includes patterns to make the basic story dolls including the option of clothing (apron or cape) and a crown.  The patterns are ready for you to print and cut out. 

 

What if I get stuck?

If you get stuck just send us an email at hello@natalietrusler.com explaining what you are having trouble with, or maybe easier for you, record a video of your doll + what you are having trouble with, and we will send you back some help.  

 

What is in the Material Kit?

I've collaborated with the lovely Jo from Indigo Inspirations to create a pack of the main materials you will need to make TWO of these delightful Story Dolls. The Material Kit contains everything you need with the exception of three things (which I believe you will have around the time)....pink crayon for the cheeks, sand + a rather clever little technique for weighting down your doll + small piece of cardboard.

So if this is your first time making a doll and you don't have a good craft stash at home, I would highly recommending grabbing yourself a kit and saving yourself time and money sourcing all the materials.  

 

Let me introduce you to the story dolls...

So my dear friend, that is hopefully everything you need to know about the course. If you have any questions please email me at hello@natalietrusler.com.

I look forward to seeing your gorgeous story dolls popping up on instagram!

Love Natalie xx

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Join me and learn the nourishing art of doll making...

JOIN the Story Doll Creative E-Workshop NOW

A$79 one time payment

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“SO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR LIGHTING THAT SPARK IN ME AGAIN.”

“Thank you so much! I am so excited to create some birthday magic for my little girl. You didn't only gift me with the items but you have given me something much better, the inspiration to dive into my creative mind again and I am so happy! I am quite a creative person and since having my two little ones I had lost that part of me. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for lighting that spark in me again. ”

TIA MICHEL, MAMA 2 GIRLS

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