Practical Hitty

a resource for Rachel Field's book

Hitty dolls


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.

Where to buy Hitty dolls

There are many artists who sell Hitty dolls, doll kits, and/or accept commissions to make a Hitty doll.

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 stands (#1101) are a good fit for a "standard" (6 1/4" to 6 1/2") Hitty.

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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