Apple Dolls


I remember making my first Apple Head Doll one summer long ago when I was 8 or maybe I was 10.  I can't remember exactly when.  But what I do remember is how fascinating the process was, and the pride mixed with excitement I felt seeing my little lady take shape.

Flash forward several years, many more than that if I'm being honest, and apple head dolls have become an essential part of my historical demonstration bag of tricks. What started as an alternate activity for events when the old standby of spinning was taken, or hearth cooking was impractical, is now my favorite go to activity, and the public response has been fabulous.

The people I meet at events seem just as fascinated with the little ladies and gents, as me when I was a child, and I never tire of their reactions.  Many share disbelief that it's really an apple, then express wonder and curiosity.  Others become nostalgic for a long lost doll sharing with me stories of their own childhood.  A few  find the dolls "eerie" or "creepy" especially in their  undressed unpainted form.  When I meet someone who finds them disturbing, I can't help but giggle inside and think to myself. "You think that's bad,  you should see my laundry room when all the body parts are hung up to dry.  Now that's creepy!"

However, the most frequent reaction by far is " How do you do that?"  So for those curious souls out there I offer the following series of tutorials on the making of an apple head doll.  I will add articles as time allows.  Please click on the text below to be taken to the articles.