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Worry Doll | Muñeca Quitapenas [How To]

June 19, 2012

My week started off with some Worry Doll making for one of my groups. I forgot how much fun they can be to make!

Here’s a little bit of a worry doll making how to:

Muñeca Quitapenas = Dolls [that] remove worries

Wooden Clothespins, Yarn or Embroidery Thread, Pipecleaners

Wrap & twist a pipecleaner around the clothespin to create arms. Cut to size for arm length.

Begin wrapping your clothespin with yarn. Wrap over the pipecleaner as well.

When wrapping gets to the waist, you can start wrapping each “leg” individually

Wrapping the other leg!

Use markers, colored pencils, or paint to add a facial expression, hair, skin tone, shoes, etc.

I’ve created worry dolls with many youth throughout the years as not only a fun art experience (as seen in The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book: Art and Craft Experiences from Around the World), but in my work as an art therapist, the process is also a meaningful and creative way to explore themes connected to anxiety and worry. Making worry dolls provides a great opportunity for storytelling, to discuss coping, and the repetitive, patterned nature of wrapping the yarn around the clothespin can be soothing and calming.

Wish and Doll Making Inspiration

June 19, 2011

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!

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