During my art therapy supervision group this week-end, one of the group members introduced us to an easy way to create a fabric wish doll, inspired by the below tutorial and presented by Art Therapist Margaret Nowak. Margaret uses the intervention in her art therapy work with cancer patients. Check it out:
Wishes are written on a half of sheet of paper and then crumbled up into a ball to create the doll’s head. I chose thick and fuzzy ivory yarn to wrap the body over the cotton cloth, a metal heart button to embellish the doll’s center, turquoise yarn for hair, and then added a little paint, collage, and stamping.
This doll making process was much fun to do! I found the repetitive action of wrapping the doll’s body soothing and relaxing, as well as appreciated the simple steps and material use to form the doll’s foundation.
Thanks to Mary for bringing the materials needed to start off our doll-making process, introducing us to Margaret’s work, and to the University of Michigan Health System for posting Margaret’s inspiring how to idea! Love it!