he kit to make this beautiful doll comes
with instructions, several photos from which to work, a hat, curly hair,
Styrofoam ball for her head, ribbon, corn husks, dye for the husks, wire
for the arms, and a little floral garland for decoration. The finished doll
will be anywhere from 6" to 8" tall because a lot depends upon how much
each person cuts off on the skirt. Have a great time making her, then
displaying her prominently in a room in your home! Would make a really
great gift, too!
Please allow one week for delivery.
Corn Husk Susie Kit
Native Americans have been making corn husk dolls for their children
probably from the time they've begun the agricultural process of raising
and harvesting corn. Because the brittle corn husks became soft and
malleable after being soaked, they made a convenient
and easily crafted toy.'
Besides being made as a
doll, some tribes used them in special ceremonies of
certain kinds. A corn husk doll, in a healing ceremony,
was used to banish evil dreams. After being buried in
the earth, it was thought that the doll would carry
away the evil dreams.
Often, the dolls
were crafted by braiding and twisting several husks together, or rolling
them to make legs and arms. The dried brown corn tassels were used for
hair. Usually the dolls faces were left blank. Tradition says that the corn
husk doll was put in charge of watching the children and keeping them safe.
But she spent so much time staring at her reflection on the water
admiring her beauty, that the children were getting into trouble or getting
hurt. The Creator scolded her and as her punishment, took away her face,
and her power to walk and talk.
then, these dolls were dressed in tanned hide,
decorated with quills, or dressed in husks. Sometimes
they were made with the accoutrements of a warrior, or
a mother, and were given cradleboards, sewing items, or
bows and arrows. Prairie dolls made for settler
children were dressed in scraps of cloth.
Corn husk dolls have
come a long way from the early versions that Native
Americans and settlers made for their children, and I
do not make them in the traditional way finding the
decorative items available today, along with the
endless creative possibilities to create so many
different ones so much more fun. I've taught how to
make corn husk dolls for years and have enjoyed every
moment. I hope you will too. :