Once upon a time,
were regularly given to newborn babies as gifts.
Tenderly hand made by friends and relatives, they were made from scraps
of fabric and were the ideal shape and texture for young
babies to grasp. It speaks volumes that as I near my 34th birthday, I
have never seen one of these before and certainly not in the hands
of babies today. Many vintage crafts have all but died out in recent
times, but there is a movement committed to their revival.
Mahar Drygoods would like to see modern parents being part of this
revival, and are offering these delightful YoYo Doll kits in a choice
of either the
Complete with sweet vintage print
drawstring bag, and everything needed to create one (with the hard bits
done like fiddly hands and ears) – you make the rosettes from
pre-cut circles, and assemble then stitch the doll together.
Designer Jenny Krauss has modified the traditional design to suit
today’s safety standards and to appeal to contemporary tastes, without
losing that vintage style.
The dolls would suit children from age eight and up, and adults looking for a gift that is more rewarding to give than just picking something off a shelf.
YoYo Dolls are US$24 each plus shipping, from
Mahar Drygoods, whose site I never tire of
browsing, not only for the wonderful things they sell, but for the numerous photos they supply for each object.