Blythe – little dolls with big heads

Update note:

This is an old blog post I wrote in 2015. I recently wrote a new blog post on Blythe’s and I noticed that this was was coming up at the bottom of my new post as a suggestion of next read. I also noticed that it did seem quite right, there was no photo with it. On further examination all the photos seem to have vanished and the formatting was odd. I have sorted out the formatting a little, but have no idea what the original photos were. (It was a long time ago.) So I have added some new ones, showing more of my progress. I hope it is an interesting read still. I have done a few more face ups now and hope to write more blog posts in future if it seems something you lot are interested in.

Morning All internet lovelies

Last year when I decided to add handmade cloth art dolls to my store I started to look through Instagram using hashtags such as #dollclothes #dollcouture and I started to come across these strange little dolls with large heads and changeable eye colours and I became intrigued. You may have noticed that all my dolls have heads bigger than they should be, I guess it just appeals to me.

 A Blythe straight from Amazon with a £147.93 price tag, these dolls are not really for children.

I looked at amazon now and they may be a few cheaper and a few more expensive. This is the original picture for 2015

A brief and probably not all that accurate history of Blythe

Originally made for 1 year only in 1972 by American company, Kenner, they had been rediscovered around 2000 with collectors taking photos of Blythes and production began again by Hasbro. They are now a cult item and originals can fetch very high prices. There are 3 sizes of doll, many books of the photos and a whole sub-culture of customised dolls.

Some have standard plastic shiny faces and some have wonderful expressive features. I delved further and discovered a whole world of collectors obsessed with these dolls (and I fear that I may now be falling slowly into that category too) and some really clever artists who change the dolls faces making them unique, their hard plastic faces ideal for carving into different expressions

I only have one doll at present but I plot different ways to justify the large price tag that these little ladies carry and own my own customised beauty by one of the so very talented customiser out there. I bought a little unloved girl from Ebay and tried my hand and believe me it is harder than it looks, but I will try again. She was what is known as a factory Blythe, and arrived naked, made up of spare parts from the factory from what I understand. True collectors don’t think too much of these factory girls.

But this has to be a self-sustaining hobby so in the mean time I aim to make clothes for Blythes and sell them on Ebay, keeping them separate from my Etsy shop until I see how they do.

customised Blyth dolls
Blythe Art doll
Blythe Art doll
custom blythe in a velvet top hat

Their bodies are smaller than my cloth dolls, so it is even better practice on working neatly in miniature. And besides, it’s just fun.

I did come across this old screen save which was in the original blog post showing a beautiful custom doll. This is what I aspire to.

Let me know which toys you still play with?

Ally x

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