Practical Hitty

a resource for Rachel Field's book

Modern Hitty dolls

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Hitty dolls
Hittys are wooden dolls based on the doll in the book Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Most wooden Hitty dolls are 6 and one-quarter inches tall like the original Hitty doll.

Hitty dolls, however, are generous in allowing other dolls to be considered a "Hitty", and it is not uncommon today to find Hittys made from wood, cloth, resin, or even porcelain, so long as they are created in a similar style to the original Hitty doll. Many Hitty artists enjoy experimenting with different media in which to create Hittys. There have also been a number of Hitty gatherings over the last few decades, and many of these feature a special artist-made Hitty doll. These dolls are highly sought-after by collectors, as are most artist-made Hitty dolls.

Carve your own Hitty doll

For beginning carvers, basswood (linden) is an excellent soft wood to start with. Study the illustrations in the original book to decide how you want your Hitty to look.

Note: You will probably not be happy with the first few attempts at carving your own Hitty doll. Consider it a learning experience.

Clothes for Hitty dolls

Hitty can be difficult to sew for due to her small size. You can however practice and learn to sew for her. If you can find older doll magazines with Hitty clothing patterns, you will be able to sew clothes for her.

Tip: Tiny dolls and sewing machines do not mix. You will probably need to hand-sew such fine little seams for Hitty's clothes.

Note: Hitty is a tiny doll. The coral beads for her necklace are 2mm in diameter. Anything larger looks out of scale. This can be a difficult size to find.

Hitty scale

Although Hitty can technically fit into a 1:12 scale dollhouse, she is too large for this scale. She and her things are considered 1:8 scale. This is why a lot of Hitty collectors simply make things to fit her scale rather than trying to use too-small 1:12 scale furniture.

Stands for Hitty dolls

If you intend to display your Hitty in a standing position, you will probably need a doll stand for her. Very few Hitty dolls are carved to be able to stand unattended.

I find that the small Kaiser brand doll stands (#1101) are a good fit for a "standard" (6 1/4" to 6 1/2") Hitty.

Hale 'ōhai Hittys

'Ōhai: Albizia saman, sometimes called "monkeypod tree" or "rain tree". A tropical hardwood. "Hale 'ōhai" means "Raintree House".

Please meet the Raintree Hittys.

  Hitty Aelish   Name: Hitty Aelish
Medium: Irish rowan wood #3/3
Year: JAN 2017
Made by: Ae Jaikad & Holly Mattos
Signed: on back
Size: 6 1/4" tall
 
  Hitty Beatrice   Name: Hitty Beatrice
Medium: linden wood
Year: MAY 1995
Made by: Judy Brown
Signed: on back
Size: 6 1/4" tall
 
  Hitty Coral   Name: Hitty Coral
Medium: linden wood
Made by: Susan Corbett
Signed: heart stamp on front
Size: 6 1/4" tall
 
  Hitty Felicity   Name: Hitty Felicity
Type: DRC Hittykin2 #52
Medium: resin/white ash flour
Year: 2006
Made by: DeAnn Cote
Signed: on back
Size: 6 1/2" tall
 
  Hitty Florence   Name: Hitty Florence
Type: DRC Hittykin #1-82
Medium: resin/white ash flour
Year: 2000
Made by: DeAnn Cote
Signed: on back
Size: 6 1/2" tall
 
  Hitty Penelope   Name: Hitty Penelope
Medium: linden wood
Year: 2002
Made by: American Kit Company
Signed: no
Size: 6 3/4" tall
 
  Hitty Poppy   Name: Hitty Poppy
Medium: linden wood
Year: 2002
Made by: American Kit Company
Signed: no
Size: 6 3/4" tall
 
  Hitty Primavera   Name: Hitty Primavera
Medium: black walnut wood #481
Year: 2017
Made by: Judy Brown
Signed: on back
Size: 6 1/2" tall
 
  Hitty Rosebud   Name: Hitty Rosebud
Type: Little Hitty #60
Medium: linden wood
Year: 1999
Made by: Judy Brown
Signed: on back
Size: 3 3/4" tall
 
  Hitty Sweetpea   Name: Hitty Sweetpea
Type: DRC Little Hittykin
Medium: resin/white ash flour
Made by: DeAnn Cote
Signed: mold mark on back
Size: 3" tall
 

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Further reading

If you would like to learn more about the Hitty book and doll, please enjoy the following articles for additional information:


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