Half Penny Dolls have been round for a lot of generations. They most likely had been named for the cheap nature of the supplies used to make them–bits of wire, wool, and string.
Half Penny Dolls shouldn’t be confused with Penny Dolls, that are dolls carved from wooden, often known as Peg Dolls or Dutch Dolls.
Half Penny Dolls are made by bending wire right into a physique form, then wrapping the limbs with string. The physique is wrapped with wool or cloth. A head is shaped from a ball of wool or a picket bead.
It’s attainable that the Half Penny Doll originated when a mom busy along with her spinning or weaving, and needing a distraction for a demanding little one, grabbed just a few bits of wool and shaped it into a little bit toy. The dolls turned very fashionable with younger women as a result of they had been easy sufficient for kids to make themselves, and supplied hours of leisure simply within the course of of creating and dressing the dolls.
In 2003, Salley Mayvor re-introduced the world to Half Penny Dolls along with her guide Felt Wee People (C&T Publishing). In her guide, Salley demonstrates making dolls with pipe cleaners, and dressing them with silk flower petals, wool felt, and acorn hats.
Not too long ago, at a household gathering, we had a doll making workshop. A number of nieces, sisters, cousins and aunts, ages seven to fifty, spent the day making half penny dolls. With just a few pipe cleaners, scraps of cloth, picket beads, and crochet cotton, we had an entire doll making manufacturing unit within the eating room. Creativeness blossomed as little women drew out designs for his or her dolls and the adults helped them make these design come to life. In addition to tiny dolls for keepsakes, recollections had been created that day.