I mentioned that my stitching has improved but there’s also been one other change. I’ve started using sewing stick pins. For the longest time, because of PTSD issues, I was unable to use sewing pins so I just drew the doll on the fabric and sewed along the drawn lines as it lay on the table. That’s hard work. I’m in a spot now where I can tolerate the idea of stick pins in my home without too many issues.
When shopping for the sewing pins I made sure they had large colorful heads so if they were dropped I could see them. It’s taken a lot to be able to have those pins here but that step has been taken and so far it’s been okay.
I began sewing as therapy to move past the complete fear of needles due to abuse. I then began sewing to help keep my fingers nimble but mainly sewing these dolls has been therapeutic emotionally because it has allowed me to successfully desensitize certain flashbacks concerning needles and abuse. This doll is not a therapy doll per say but she was therapeutic to create.
The full entry for May Bell the African-American Art Doll can be found on my art site here.