Fran by Patty Mitchell, from Athens, OH
My Great Grandmother Ditmars made dolls. Really simple materials - craps of fabric turned into playful precious beings. It is a sweet thing to hold something made a long time ago by one of your people. I watch my own hands making very similar things and imagine Grandma Ditmars had piles of old clothes, sparkly things, buttons... all stored in a room and her favorite thing was to sit and encourage a doll into being. Not knowing if she would be funny, happy, sad, silly...just stitching and inviting her to appear. I tend to give dolls away as soon as I make them. I like the idea that there is a little character sitting with one of my friends and every time they look at her they feel me there too.