2018 Hootin an Hollarin: Free rag doll making
This year’s festival will include a new bit of free olden-day fun for the kiddos! Volunteer Jamie Green Kingsolver is heading up a free rag doll making booth on the inside row of the west side of the square, across from the school booths. All supplies will be provided, free of charge. Jamie says the dolls are very simple to make and take about 15 minutes to complete. This photo shows a girl doll, but a boy doll can also be made by braiding together the strips of cloth to make legs.
The dolls, which are somewhat crude, are fashioned after years past when money was scarce, and children’s toys were made from scrap material left over from sewing projects. Jamie says her grandma Green made her several rag dolls from her quilt scraps. Now, she’s carrying on the tradition by sharing the skills with Hootin an Hollarian children and parents by helping them to make their own doll. The booth will be open Friday, and likely sometime Saturday. A finalized schedule will be posted at the booth during Hootin an Hollarin.
The booth, sponsored by the Hootin an Hollarin committee, was added this year to help demonstrate old time crafts.