These are the traditional apple dolls I've mentioned before......you'll see why I've hesitated over 'miniature' when you look at them.
We're back in the day here - late 1980s - when a friend and I had embarked on turning our craft hobbies into something more professional. We had come together as part of the team to run a craft fair raising funds to save our little village school under threat of closure (we won and it's still doing great) and enjoyed ourselves so much.
Between us there weren't many 'crafts' we hadn't had a go at and both made small original dolls from a variety of materials. Craft fairs were in village halls, redundant churches and tents at Country Shows and Ploughing Matches - we frequently got wet or stuck in the mud and didn't make a fortune, but loved it.
Margaret also created soft sculpture dolls and I created poppy seed head dolls - if I find a picture of them I'll show you another time - then I discovered traditional Apple Dolls.
There was no internet then and I only saw them once but I was captivated and had to discover how to make them. In the end my cousin in Canada came to the rescue - N. America I assume being the home of these characterful and unique dolls - and I obtained the recipe to preserve the carved apple heads. My aim was to create miniature versions so that they complemented the poppy dolls - large apples didn't work. Finally I discovered the perfect apple; small wild apples we called wilderns, a little larger than crabs which grew along the bridle paths near us, and eventually dried to what I considered the right size. There was lots of experimenting!!!! Quite a learning curve!!
So, here they are. No digital cameras or computers then either - so photo quality isn't great.
I do shudder a bit looking back at them now - so out of proportion for true miniatures. Clumsy costuming. Still it got me started and led to an invite to the first Marlborough Dolls House Fair - that was a real wake up call - and I learned what a true miniature should look like!!
|Fag Ash Lil' - in 1/12th, 1/16th and 1/24th scale. Probably my most popular character.|
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