- Pan of warm water
- Heavy thread-buttonhole thread or embroidery floss works well
- Stuffing wool or cotton and material scraps for clothes, optional
What To Do
- Soak the cornhusks in warm water for about 1/2 hour.
- Tie 12 husks together tightly at the top.
- To make the head, tie a neck a short way down from the top. You can stuff a little wool or cotton in here if you like.
- Separate three husks on both sides, and tie them halfway down for the arms. Trim the excess.
- To make the body, tie the remaining husks just above halfway down.
- Make legs by tying three husks on each side, a bit up from the ends. Trim the ends.
- Add clothing--scarves, hats, shawls, skirts, jacketed.
- Make cornhusk children by starting with shorter husks.
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians by Aliki
Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault
My Navajo Sister by Eleanor Schick
--Carol Petrash, Reprinted from Earthways