Poppenliefde is a journal about my creative path in doll making.
I'm Maureen and at this moment 41 years old and married to Arnoud.
We live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with our three children, one boy and two girls.

My love for dolls started at a very young age. My mother began to teach me to knit when I was 9 years old and my grandmother taught me to crochet. I used those skills to make little clothes for my dolls. When I had to choose my profession I decided to go to the Fashion Academy where I got my degree in sewing, tailoring and pattern designing.

Eleven years ago my doll making journey started. 

I made my first Waldorf doll for my daughter and I made little dolls for my friends babies. After a few years of making, learning and evolving my skills I was able to make doll making my profession. That’s now about 6 years ago.

It’s a joy to see all those little stitches become a doll with a soul. Each of them with their own expression and their own story. To make the clothes that will tell you their personality.

To experience the versatility of wool is amazing. You only need your hands, wool, a needle and time. I’m blessed to work with these wonderful and natural materials. The wool and jersey but also the beautiful fabrics and hand dyed yarns.