40 responses to Kathy the Amish Doll Maker
  • *
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 06:14)

    I like the picture of the doll on the sowing machine. To my imagination she is standing there saying β€œI want to help!”
    The machine itself is a neat antique. My mother said she learned to sow on such a machine and preferred Singers; she also loved the look of the type shown in this picture, it is just esthetically pleasing, well, the desk as much as the machine I guess.

    • *
      Comment on "Animated" doll (November 5th, 2012 at 11:16)

      "Animated" doll

      Taking another look at that photo Shom, it does kind of look like that. Though it would scare my socks off if I were sitting at the Singer when it started walking around trying to help πŸ˜‰

      These Singer machines themselves have an art about them. Have always been partial. I get the sense they are made to last a long time.

  • *
    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Made in the USA (November 5th, 2012 at 07:11)

    Made in the USA

    Looks like a good quality product Erik and maybe you can give folks info on where they could buy them, and what the cost is. Just for kicks when I’m in a store that caters to mostly tourist visiting the Amish in my area I look at some faceless dolls that appear to be made by the Amish, only to find a little tag on one of the dolls that says “China”.

    So not only is your friends dolls Amish made, its American made as well and that’s a great combination!

    Richard from www.Amishstories.net

    • *
      Jean Junkin
      Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 14:13)

      I would love to buy a set of the larger dolls. Please tell me where I can order them. Jean

  • *
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 08:43)

    I would love to know where to buy these dolls. Although I prefer the boy dolls to have the hats on. I saw some Amish dolls in Florida while there, and they were selling for $44. Hopefully I can find some a little cheaper than that.

    I would love to have the different sizes for grandchildren. Erik please let us kno how to contact this lady to order the dolls.

  • *
    Tom in KY
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 09:01)

    Leeann, I do not want to step on anyone’s toes but 44 dollars for a doll is excessive. Many of the settlements I have been to have the dolls around 10-15 dollars. But I have always been told the best way to determine the value of a product is to place it on the market and let the consumer set the price by what they are willing to pay. So perhaps in Florida 44 dollars is the market value.

  • *
    Brenda Henry
    Comment on Order/Info for Kathy's dolls (November 5th, 2012 at 09:58)

    Order/Info for Kathy's dolls

    Thank you very much for your interest in my friends dolls. The small 8″ doll is $11.00 and the large 14″ doll is 19.00 + Postage. The small doll is $1.95 and the large doll is $2.63 for postage. You can send me an email: bjhooten@hotmail.com for more information.

    Her mailing address is:

    2070 HIGHWAY 219
    HUNTINGDON, TN 38344

    You can mail her a check or money order along with what you want, size, sex, etc. If you send me an email with what you would like, I can give her the order, and she can be working on it. I will take it to the post office as soon as she gets your payment.

    Thanks to everyone for your interest, and Kathy says “Thank You”, too.

    • *
      Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 10:13)

      Thank you for the contact information so we can buy a doll! πŸ™‚ I hope all is well with Kathy’s daughter.

    • *
      Donna Freeman
      Comment on looking for Amish furniture maker (May 29th, 2014 at 13:12)

      looking for Amish furniture maker

      My name is Donna Freeman and I am interested in finding someone to make some mission style living room tables. I live here in Huntingdon. If you could recommend someone it would be greatly appreciated.

      • *
        GLEN K
        Comment on mission furniture (April 14th, 2016 at 17:02)

        mission furniture

        send your request and start a conversation with:

        sand country furniture
        w 3018 kowald rd.
        cambria, wisc 53923

        % john petersheim

  • *
    Judith Grober
    Comment on dolls (November 5th, 2012 at 10:35)


    Would love to have a pair of those dolls-I love them.

    Judith Grober

  • *
    Ruth Arquitt
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 11:34)

    .I live in Hammond Ny and there are a few Amish in in the town but no one makes the dolls so when I seen Brenda’s post on facebook I ordered 3 one girl and one boy for my 5 year old daughter for Christmas and one girl for my Mom…I am hoping to get them this week. And cant wait to get them…Thank you so much to Brenda for making it possible and Thank You so much Kathy for taken her time to make the dolls…

    • *
      Brenda Henry
      Comment on Amish Doll's (November 5th, 2012 at 17:35)

      Amish Doll's

      Thank you Ruth, for the kind words. As you know, I mailed your dolls from Kathy, on Friday. I was told at the post office that due to the devastation caused by hurricane Sandy, there has been a delay in some mail getting into various parts of NY, and adjoining states as well. Be sure and let us all know when they arrive, and how much you love them!

      Thanks to everyone who commented on the photo’s, and a ‘very special thanks’ to Eric for sharing them and my story!

      God Bless!

  • *
    Comment on "too nice" (November 5th, 2012 at 11:37)

    "too nice"

    This reminds me of the time I tried to “gift” an American Girls doll to the dear family who hosted Ed for his first year with the Amish (when he lived in VA). The doll was actually from my daughter, as she really wanted to pass it on to these young girls and knew they’d enjoy it as she had (yes, it was quite used!). Daniel (the dad)came out, looked at it, said “WAY too nice!” and would not let his girls have it. Indeed, they never saw it. At the time I was somewhat angry about it, but have since learned to accept that this is yet another limitation these families place on their children. They may err in limiting some good things, but how about the rest of us? Do we ever err in allowing some things we KNOW are not for the best of our children?

    • *
      Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 15:14)

      There is also the possibility that the American Girl doll would make the children’s regular dolls no longer seem as nice in their eyes by comparison, and also that it could cause jealousy among the children’s friends since they’d be the only ones with such a doll.

    • *
      Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 22:26)

      “Too nice”

      Replying to Anne’s comment by the Amish dad that the American Girl doll was “too nice: Once again, Anne, thanks for giving us a bit more insight into a topic, combined with your own honesty.

      By the way,I have but one item saved from my girlhood — my doll, Mary Christina. I have collected a few holiday outfits for my grandchildren to dress her in. And I did pick up Amish dress and her very own 8″ doll for Mary Christina when we were in Shipswanna a few years ago,(but I didn’t know the significance of the 8” doll until this topic came up). She always wears it at harvest time.

      Judy in MN

    • *
      Traci Banville
      Comment on Respecting others traditions and ways. (November 13th, 2012 at 21:58)

      Respecting others traditions and ways.

      No doubt the American Girl doll has facial features. Amish dolls do not have faces. A bit of research on your part would have saved your own ruffled feathers and provided a more practical thank you gift for the family.

      • *
        Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 14th, 2012 at 11:03)

        The problem was that there were girls in this community who had American Girls Dolls. This was just a place this particular family drew the line. I think it was hardest on my daughter who was so happy to give it. She was thrilled to make this special gift to these young ladies (girls then) we’ve come to know rather well.

        In fact, when we were in MN last September, there they were! They asked Fiona if she wanted to take a buggy ride with them, which of course she did. It’s been great for her to have these friends through the years Ed’s known them.

    • *
      K. Lee
      Comment on Where to Draw the Line (June 19th, 2017 at 18:56)

      Where to Draw the Line

      I have to respect the Amish father for saying no & not compromising his Faith. As I have gotten older I realize the importance of this in my own faith. I do not fear saying no for the sake of my own beliefs.

  • *
    Comment on Amish Dolls (November 5th, 2012 at 12:19)

    Amish Dolls

    Plain and simple quilts in Ethridge, TN (931-840-5522) also has Amish made Amish dolls in traditional dark colored dresses, aprons and black bonnets.

    • *
      Brenda Henry
      Comment on Your choice of color... (November 13th, 2012 at 22:10)

      Your choice of color...

      Mrs. Yoder can make the apron and Kapp in black, also. You would need to specify your choice of color. Thanks!

  • *
    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 14:53)

    Glad that contact info and some price’s was given for these dolls on this post!

    Richard from www.Amishstories.net

  • *
    Carolyn B
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 5th, 2012 at 16:30)

    Loved seeing these dolls and an explanation asto when a little girl gets one.

  • *
    Comment on cost per hour of labor (November 6th, 2012 at 17:50)

    cost per hour of labor

    Just a thought: at three hours of labor per doll it would be paying this woman only 6.00 and change per hour to make these dolls. That doesn’t include materials. Practically sweatshop wages.

    • *
      Brenda Henry
      Comment on Labor of Love (November 6th, 2012 at 18:45)

      Labor of Love

      You are so right! Kathy makes the dolls as a supplement for her family income, not to totally support them. She does it as a hobby, and at her own pace. We do not live in a ‘tourist’ area, so she doesn’t get too many orders. She makes them with so much pride and pure love; in each doll. I was hoping some of the readers here would give her an order, but I haven’t heard from anyone yet. Thanks!

      • *
        Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (November 7th, 2012 at 13:51)

        I’ve often thought some craftspeople and goods sellers among the Amish are underpricing. Brenda I had a couple of requests on the AA Facebook page and sounded like order had already been made. Maybe using the good old-fashioned snail mail method? πŸ™‚

        • *
          Brenda Henry
          Comment on Amish Doll Requests (November 7th, 2012 at 16:19)

          Amish Doll Requests

          Perhaps they are going to contact Kathy directly. That would be fine, too. I would just be able to tell her ahead, and she could have the dolls made faster. Her sister is getting married Nov. 22, so she is probably going to be quiet busy in helping with those preparations.
          I appreciate you posting this, and Kathy also says, “Danki”!

  • *
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (January 14th, 2013 at 23:28)

    I make crafts – handbags, diaper bags, quilts, gifts, etc. One never gets paid what they really deserve or at least most of us don’t. I have a friend that made a quilt and people look at you like you are crazy when you tell them it’s $175.00 and she has more than $100 just in fabrics, thread, batting etc. Time is not included in the price. A lot of Amish quilts sell for a lot more especially in Lancaster, but English quilts are rarely bought for the prices that Amish quilts are.

    • *
      Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (January 15th, 2013 at 08:06)

      I realize there are differences in size, quality, etc, but $175 sounds pretty low for a quilt, especially compared to Amish-made quilts sometimes costing over $1000.

  • *
    Comment on pattern (July 20th, 2013 at 03:36)


    Can I just buy the pattern? Because I love to sew for myself.

  • *
    Comment on Home-made Amish Dolls (August 20th, 2013 at 07:42)

    Home-made Amish Dolls

    So of course they are home-made, but I must say they look amazing. She does a really good job at making those little Amish Dolls!

  • *
    nancy mcafee
    Comment on amish dolls (January 12th, 2015 at 14:08)

    amish dolls

    i just left a commemt on purchasing amish dolls it said erro wrong email address here it is same as above.

    • *
      Comment on amish dolls (January 31st, 2015 at 18:14)

      amish dolls

      Nancy, I sent a letter to Kathy at the above address after having trouble with the email address also. She wrote back quickly and said she is still making dolls. The price for the dolls have gone up alittle and of course the postage has gone up also. Hope you find this helpful.

      • *
        nancy mcafee
        Comment on amish dolls (February 21st, 2015 at 21:44)

        amish dolls

        thanks for your reply KERRi…..

        • *
          Comment on Amish Dolls (March 20th, 2015 at 15:06)

          Amish Dolls

          Hello. Just wanted to let everyone know that today I received my dolls from Kathy. They are beautiful. Kathy was wonderful to work with ☺ I highly recommend buying one.

  • *
    Tom A Geist
    Comment on English Scary Movies (February 14th, 2015 at 10:01)

    English Scary Movies

    Just a side note:

    These faceless dolls always remind me of some scary movie where voodoo is used (pins being stuck in them to inflict pain on someone) or where some demon filled girl is always holding a doll close to her, and one day reveals the doll has no face! YIKES!

    Okay, phew, I’ve got that out of me, now maybe I can imagine good things from faceless dolls. πŸ™‚

    Tom in Lincoln

  • *
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (February 15th, 2015 at 13:42)

    Similarly, I can’t decide if they are cute or a little creepy. They are “blank” and they don’t give us any clue as to what they might be thinking or feeling πŸ˜‰

  • *
    Comment on Kathy the Amish Doll Maker (April 24th, 2016 at 19:10)

    Kathy the Amish Doll Maker

    Kathy is now making quilts also!! And they are beautiful!! I have pix of them if anyone is interested…

    • *
      Comment on Quilts and dolls (March 3rd, 2018 at 08:21)

      Quilts and dolls

      I’d love to see her quilts and dolls if you have pictures! Id be very interested in buying a pair of dolls. Is the email and address still correct? How about the prices? Thank you! You may send them to my email if you want!

Leave a reply to Kathy the Amish Doll Maker


Resource List
Reliable information from one of the largest Amish sites on the web.

Join over 10,000 email subscribers to get:
Amish Community Info | Book Giveaways | Amish Writers & non-Amish Experts | More

100% Free | No Spam | Unsubscribe Anytime