Hitty Dolls - the dolls that started all of this
If you look up Hitty dolls online, you find a lot of hand carved 6 inch wooden dolls. The original Hitty was discovered in a resale shop almost 100 years ago. Someone bought her and wrote a cute book about all her adventures. It was a popular book in its day. Fast forward 70 years or so, and people started making their own versions of the original Hitty. All carefully handcarved from wood, to the same dimensions as the original. Then in 2008 someone asked me if I could try making one in clay. I wasn't making dolls at the time, but decided to give it a try. I looked them up online (having never heard of them at that point), and they looked easy enough. So I made two and sent photos to the woman who asked about them. They weren't what she wanted, so I stuffed them in a drawer and forgot about them.
Several months later, I found them in the drawer, and was about to toss them out, when I decided to post them on eBay instead. Imagine my surprise when they each sold for almost $50! To make a long story short, I designed my Little MO Dolls to be Hitty sized, but more modern, my own style, and not all looking the same. And that's how I got into doll making.
Each doll was made by me, entirely by hand one at a time, using no molds. Hand sculpted of polymer clay, including their hair, faces, shoes and socks. I use no paint except for a light blush for their cheeks. Some of the Hitty dolls I made are flesh toned, and some I mixed clays to give them a faux wood look. They are jointed at the hips and shoulders with a strong elastic cord. I designed and sewed their clothes, and sewed on some more snaps!
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