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Workshops at ewdor 2023 in Clairfontaine, Belgium

In this year’s EWDOR, I am offering two separate workshops, which can be combined with each other. You are welcome to attend either one of the workshops or both.


If you attend both workshops, you will learn how to make a completely needle felted 35 cm tall doll with a turning head and bendable legs and arms. Additionally, you’ll become a 40 Euros reduction to the total amount.


However, if you are interested in expanding your knowledge in only one of the areas, you are also free to choose one you’d like. 


These courses are suitable for you if you already have some experience in making dolls and want to learn new skills and techniques, or if you are a beginner at doll enthusiast with good sewing and crafting skills and strong nerves. In both cases, you need to have needle felting experience, as this is the main technique we will be using in both of the workshops. If you do not yet have the experience, I can lead you to some tutorials with which you can start learning to use this technique.


To reserve your spot you'll need to pay a deposit of 25 Euros for each workshop you wanted. This deposit is not refundable in case of a cancellation due to any unexpected causes out of my influence, as well as yours. 


Please keep in mind: To participate the workshops, you must enroll EWDOR on the organisation page here. The registration fees to EWDOR are not included to my workshop fees, nor the accommodations or other facilities. For all questions considering these points, please contact the organization, they will happily assist you. The policies for this event are to be found on the page of the organization. 

Workshop #1 EWDOR 2023

Needle felting a Doll’s Head

Duration: 1 day (Morning and afternoon sessions on the 1st of June)

Price including materials 220 Euros


In this workshop I will show you step by step how to needle felt a dolls head and covering it with doll fabric. Working out the features like the lips and nose so that you’ll create a beautiful face with a perfect profile.

Eye embroidery is not a part of the workshop, however if we have enough time after completing the face, I gladly show you how to embroidery the eyes.

Materials are included, you are kindly asked to bring your doll making tools. I will give you a list of tolls which are needed and useful in advance.

Doll hair is not included to this workshop.


(If you wish to learn to make a doll with a turning head, bendable arms, and legs with me, please consider attending my workshop #2, in which I will be teaching to needle felt doll’s body.)



• Everything about materials, tools & sources of supply

• Needle felting a sweet face

• Covering the head with fabric without bumps and wrinkles

• Adding the facial features like lips and dimples

• Putting color on the face so that it becomes alive


Workshop #2 EWDOR 2023

Needle felting a Doll’s body with bendable arms, legs and feet with toes

Duration: 1,5 day (morning and afternoon sessions on the 2nd of June and a morning session on the 3rd of June)


Price including materials 240 Euros


In this workshop I will show you step by step how to needle felt a dolls body, including bendable legs and feet with toes.

Materials are included, you are kindly asked to bring your doll making tools. I will give you a list of tools, which are needed and useful, in advance.


Please note: Only if you are attending to my workshop #1 on needle sculpting a doll head, I can show you how to attach the head to the body, so that the head can turn towards the sides.



• Everything about materials, tools & sources of supply

• Building an armature for the bendable arms and legs

• Needle felting the doll body, and the limbs

• Covering the body and limbs with fabric

• Making feet with sweet toes

• How to attach the limbs and head* to the body

  (*If you have attended to my other workshop and completed your doll head with me.) 

slow doll making workshop (beginner)

Slow doll making workshops came from the need to bring the real feeling of doll making process into my workshops. In these workshops I rather like to meet you on four weekly morning sessions, so that you can put a week time between each step and reflect what you have done and will be doing next. This is mostly the real life situation, as creating a little soul takes lots of thinking along with all the crafting work.

We will be making a complete doll with body and the limbs and slightly needle felted face.



intensive weekend workshop (beginner)

Oh yes, I know about it! Working full time, coming back home and still have to function as a parent, partner, friend... The time is full, and you still want to break your routine and do something completely different...

Could you also be dreaming about just going out to buy some bread for the breakfast and ending up in Rome walking into the Colosseum feeling like a Gladiator?

To be honest, that is unfortunately not the feeling I promise you at this workshop :) But similar I would guess.
For those who do not have time in the week, the intensive weekend courses are the alternative. At the end you will be as tired as that Gladiator, and as happy as him for the victory :)


small doll making workshop (beginner)

Even though doll making is mostly about slowing down the time, for many for us the time is still a very limited good. Although each of us have the same 24 hours a day, we all have different feeling of having enough time. Having so many balls in the air at the same time: work, kids, family, friends...

So I wished to offer a shorter workshop (two morning sessions) in which we make a little snuggle doll, which also fits for the beginners, who do not have any previous craft experience.


This workshop is also great opportunity for the becoming mothers during the last weeks before their babies' arrival to make a snuggle doll for them. You can make a bunny, or just a little baby doll. The snuggle doll is approximately 30 cm tall.



90 € including the material costs.

Head sculpting (Advanced)

Sculpting a doll's head with the needle felting technique is getting interesting for many doll makers.

I have been using this method for some years now, and developed my own technique.

In this workshop I show you how to sculpt a head with its all details like the lips, nose, eyes, cheeks and a slender neck and to put the skin on it in a proper way. 

This is a 1 day (two sessions) workshop.


Please notice, this workshop concentrates on the needle felting face sculpting. We are not aiming to finish a complete doll. 



sculpting the body (advanced)

Needle sculpting a whole body of a doll gives many new opportunities to develop your own style. I am happy to teach you the techniques I use, in this 1 day (two sessions) workshop.


During this workshop you will learn how to sculpt the body of a doll (the torso, the arms and the legs) and how to put the skin on it in a proper way. I will also teach you how to attach the arms and the legs, as well as the head (one pre-made by me as example) onto the body. Details such as dimples, belly button and coloring will also be taught.


Needle sculpting the head is not part of this workshop. I am offering an other workshop for needle sculpting the head. The size of the head will be in a matching size to this body.




making doll hair (advanced)

Several new materials are introduced to the doll world in the last couple of years by many very talented and creative doll makers.


Although a bit expensive, the natural look of the animal fibers like mohair, teeswater and alpaca fascinates more and more doll makers as well as collectors.

In this workshop I will inform you about the different sorts of natural hair that you can use and show how to crochet a cap with industrial mohair wefts for a doll's head with a circumference of app. 25 cm. Once you learned the method, you can apply it to different types of your choice.


This is a half day workshop (one session).






"Herzlichen Dank nochmal für den tollen Kurs!

Ich bin ganz glücklich mit meiner selbstgemachten Puppe. Nach dem langen Entscheidungsprozess Puppe kaufen, Puppe machen lassen und nun Puppe selbst machen fühlt es sich vollkommen richtig an! Und es macht mich stolz und froh, dass ich die Puppe für mein Kind selbst gemacht habe. Dank Dir für die gute Anleitung und das Teilen Deines Erfahrungsreichtums."
Birte E.



"Dear Gonca,

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, introducing and teaching us this beautiful craft of making a Waldorfdoll.

I enjoyed the making in the company of the other women, learning, hearing stories and expending my horizon while creating, and now this doll which I created especially for my daughter, is a testimony of all that love."
Nait R.