Before getting involved in creating a bigger mess, I was working on some Softies/Lovies. When I discovered the idea of fidget quilts on Michelle's blog, she made a comment about how her mother had a "Lovie" that comforted her.
What if I made some soft dolls with plenty of tactile elements? Would they be something that might benefit AD/Dementia/Sensory deprived individuals? I began experimenting with some patterns (that are still in the process of being altered). Below is the first attempt. At first, I was so displeased that I wasn't even going to finish adding any details.
I pinned him up for a while, but then I couldn't let him go.
Added eyes. And some embroidery.
Made a pompom and sewed it on.
Pinned him up again.
Gradually, I began to find him cheerful enough to overcome my dislike. I've discarded my original pattern and will draw a new one, but have decided to call him my first Lovie, a kind of fidget doll--and will continue making more--when I can get my space organized enough to work in again.
Until I made and attached the pompom,
he didn't work for me.
The pompom did it.
And I made some more pompoms to attach to future Lovies.
Even a pompom from fabric scraps.
Now, I must get back to making my work space workable, again.
So I can make another fidget quilt and more Lovies.