Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hairless Animals

What else do you call these makeshift or stuffed animals that have little or no hair? Some people call them make-do's. Molly and I have always referred to them as the hairless animals - the ones whose hair has rubbed away. I've learned that the Amish stuffed animals were made out of a simple material - with no fur or hair whatsoever. These friendly critters were made out of scraps left over from used clothing - wool, cotton or felt. A button or two for the eyes and perhaps simple embroidery for the details....or not. I have a whole new appreciation for the early American stuffed animal. Sometimes the shapes are so odd that it's hard to make out what it was - a dog? a cat? a seal??

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