Doll News Spring 2014 - (Page 44)

My Dear Hitty... by Laurie McGill H " eather Redfield is an imaginative little girl of six. Every time she saw a piece of driftwood on the beaches near her home in Marblehead, Massachusetts she saw it carved into a doll." Thus begins a fascinating account of one doll's story. Written in 1954 by the little girl's mother, June Redfield, it is a delightful record of a close-knit community of talented seamstresses, carvers and artists in 1950s New England. "It was only natural when Heather read her mother's book about 'Hitty' that she should yearn even more for a wooden doll, and so the story of 'Heather's Hitty' began," Mrs. Redfield continued. She goes into detail about a local carver of wooden eagles who accepted the challenge of creating Hitty. And when Heather's Hitty needed a wardrobe, Alice Wainwright, creator of the Polly Shorrock dolls was called upon. Wainwright, a perfectionist, sewed copies of many of the dresses Hitty wore in Rachel Field's 1929 Newbery Award winning book, Hitty Her First Hundred Years. Not only is the creation of the doll documented by the typed word, there are accompanying black and white photographs of Hitty in various stages of production. There are photographs of Alice Wainwright as she sews Hitty's clothes. A tiny Sparrow Post letter, measuring 1" x 1-1/2", is dated November 18, 1956. Addressed, to Hitty Redfield, the letter sends appreciation for sending knitted pot lifters to sell at the Doll Bazaar. It is signed Sethany Ann Shakespeare. 44 SPRING 2014 Hitty sits at her desk made of driftwood found on Radar Beach on Marblehead Neck. She is reading correspondence sent via Tasha Tudor's Sparrow Post mail system. "Hitty also had to have furniture, and this is where Heather's daddy came forward," wrote Mrs. Redfield. Faithful copies of the desk, the settle, the cradle and the trunk seen in Dorothy Lathrop's illustrations for the book were made of wood from shipwrecks, driftwood or old wood found in their family home. The patterns for these accessories were saved and photographs were taken. Mrs. Redfield. Although the typed account ends with Christmas 1954, Heather and her Hitty went on to have incredible experiences which were revealed in a series of unique letters.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2014

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President's Message
Conference Calendar
Welcome Newer Members
Fundraising Committee Report
Shared Passions - 2014 UFDC Convention
Tasha Tudor + Dolls = Enchanting Art
Early Juneau Bebe Part II
My Dear Hitty
A Capital Affair 2013 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part II
A Capital Affair 2013 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part II
A is for Annabelle - the story of a doll
Annatasha - A Paper Doll
A Visit to the Coleman Collection
Unending Delight - Tasha's World of Dolls
A Capital Affair 2013 Special Exhibit - The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue
A Capital Affair 2013 - Beautiful Boys, Gorgeous Girls - Asian and American BJDs
All About Lavinia Loring, A French Fashion Doll Reprinted from THE LETTER, Volume 3, Number 1, Summer 1983
Life before TV - UFDC Region 1 Conference
Christine Crocker - The Pastoral Dollmaker
Capturing the Classics - The Classic Plaything Collection of Wendy Lawton
The Story of Marjorie Tudor
Behind the Scenes - Regional Director Training
Isn't It Romantic
In a More Romantic Time - A Paper Doll
I is for Inspiration
Judging Dolls in UFDC Competitions
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
Region Director Candidates
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2014