I was about ten years old when I started making dolls out of toothpicks and embroidery floss. I found a how-to for worry dolls somewhere and made my first doll:
After her, inspired by movies like Meet Me in St. Louis and My Fair Lady, I started making worry dolls as a full-on hobby. However, they looked less and less like the tiny Guatemalan toys and more and more like faceless Judy Garlands from Easter Parade. I used upturned Barbie frisbees and glued flowers, birds, and ribbon to them to make fancy hats. I strung tiny pearls for flapper-inspired necklaces. I wound floss around toothpicks and sprayed hairspray to make curls. At any given time for months and months, I had assembly lines of toothpick bodies ready to be dressed up.
I recently found an old box filled with them (next to the massive box of mix tapes) and thought I would share. They have survived over 20 years and several moves. Of the few dozen I found, these kept their original shape the best.
Enjoy! If you're interested, I can blog a how-to...just let me know. xoxo