Saturday, November 15, 2008

Apple Dolls

Venturing onto something new.
As I was peeling apples to make my husband yet another apple pie tonight..I was thinking of something I saw many years ago when I was little.
I sat down and browsed the internet and sure enough, I found what I was looking for!
What I was researching was "Apple Dolls". They are made from real apples that you carve for the head, make a cloth body, and sew clothes for the doll.
Now, I am attempting one of these on my own, and I am hoping my attempt will be a successful one..we shall see. :)
This is the head that I have carved ...sort of funny looking and just a start!
We have to give it time to dry out and shrink..then I can perhaps shape it some more.
I think I may have cut too big of a mouth. lol
(If you click on my picture, you can see it bigger)

According to the tutorial, which you can find here:
Click HERE for Tutorial!!

It will take several weeks before the head of the doll will dry.
I am looking forward to seeing how this will work out!
Some more information that I have read on these wonderful dolls I have found...

Apple Dolls are folk dolls originating from early rural America when settlers made dolls from whatever was at hand. Apple dolls are made by carving a face in an apple and drying it. Due to the different effects drying produces, no two dolls are alike.
I will be updating with more pictures if all goes as planned and the Apple Head dries nicely!
See you soon!

Raggedy Stitches,


  1. I remember making those a long time ago .. when I was about 10 or11!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I can't wait to see it finished!

  2. I remember apple dolls and can't wait to see more progress

  3. No way how unusual!! Can't wait to see how they dry. x

  4. I remember seeing these and you have inspired me to give this a try. Thanks and look forward to seeing yours.

  5. I had one of those as a child. I hated it! It scared the heck out of me.


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