Folk doll

Nowadays, a lot of attention is paid to traditional crafts, we are learning to re-do what our ancestors were able to do. And this is good, because in this way we can understand what these people lived in, what they believed in and what they were afraid of.
One of the traditional crafts is a folk doll. Dolls were different, sometimes children just played with them, and sometimes they had important ceremonial significance. In this article I will tell you how to make a doll charm, which is called "rvanka."
It requires a few patches of white calico and multi-colored calico, a little bit of cotton, ribbon and braid, white bobbin threads, some bright knitting threads.
We take a square (16 X 16 cm) of white coarse calico and dumb cotton wool. Put the cotton in the center of the square, weave it with a cloth and tie it with coil threads. This is what should happen:
This is the head for our doll. Now we make the handles: we turn a rectangle of white coarse calico (16 X 12 cm) along the edges and roll it into a tight roll; we roll the edges of the roll with threads. We insert the detail of the hands between the ends of the base part and tie it crosswise.
We make the details of the chest in the same way as the head, out of squares 7 X 7 cm, then we tie them to the base.
Now we take a piece of calico (10 X 6 cm) for a shirt, make a hole in it for the head.
We tuck it on both sides and put it on the doll, fasten it with threads along the "waist" line.
Then you need to dress up the doll in a skirt. On a square of calico (14 X 14 cm) we make a cross-shaped incision in the center and put it on the doll, as shown in the photo.
After this, we bend the skirt, put it in even folds and tie it with threads along the belt.
Well, we make the belt itself with an apron. We cut off about a meter of yarn for knitting and twist it into a cord, and also take a piece of tape (8 cm).
Bend the end of the braid and put the lace there.
We adapt the construction in place, we wind the cord around the belt several times to hide all the bobbin threads.
It remains to arrange the head. A small piece of tape (6 cm) is placed around the head of the doll and fixed with a few stitches. Prepare a handkerchief of calico (right triangle with a side of 13 cm).
Fold the handkerchief on the larger side and tie over the ribbon.
The doll is ready!

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