She was so small, I thought I had lost her! I found her head at the Portobello Antique Market in London and the seller was quick to tell me her history, although I suspected he made it up as he spoke. Claimed she was a dig-up from (I can’t remember where) and was at least a hundred years old. I didn’t care, she was the smallest china head I had ever seen and she was dirt cheap (sorry old girl).
I remember I stuck her in a case of some kind until I could sew a body for her. I thought it had been an eyeglass case but in the end, I found her in an ear plug case. No wonder I could not hear her calls.
I did have some thin doeskin in white, and although her tininess was way too much for my large hands to work with, I gave her a bit of a chunky body. It could have been made a bit smaller, but I consoled myself in knowing that china heads usually had home made bodies and I have seen some really huge bodies with bad shapes and small heads. At least she is in proportion without the head. Poor dear.
I then took a very old thread bare handkerchief and made her a gown. This on is sewn on. I just couldn’t deal with trying to make a removable dress with my sore hands from sewing leather. She is stuffed with kapok.
She is nice to hold, the leather is butter soft and she is delightfully squishy! I wonder what she thinks about her new body? Do china heads who have lost their original bodies feel happiness to get a new one? It could be she never had one to begin with. Did she live in a dollhouse? Or perhaps a cigar box! She has not spoken a word yet, I think she might be stunned. lol.