A worry doll

This tiny wool doll belongs to Sarah Wotton. She brought it along to the Onward Arts drop in day at Audrey Emerton Building in April. She says “My touchstone at work was a found object in the office.  It is only a tiny piece of wool to most eyes but to me it was a serendipitous find and looked like a worry doll.  As well as painting, I enjoy working with mixed media and textiles  and have also had an interest in Guatemalan worry dolls.  Guatemalan worry dolls are traditionally  handmade for children so that they can tell their worries to the doll and then put them under their pillow.  During the night the doll then takes their worries away.  My little doll is on my wall at work and as well as feeling like a lucky find, she grounds me by giving me the reassurance and reminder that there is more than work in our lives.”



One of the patterns in this quilt is called Grandmother’s wheel, so I used a photo of my Grandmother in it. This then spilled into incorporating photos of family members, bits of fabric from clothes of the family and furniture fabric into the quilt.

This is a security blanket, full of touchstones, linked to special memories of people I love.

Debbie Bradstock