Recently I discovered online images and information about a quick doll made from a hanky to occupy a child during Sunday services. It was knotted or tied together with ribbons or string. Now there’s a huge array of dolls from the simple sugar baby (sugar “tit,” a corner of a hankie tied around a sugar cube) to angels with folded lace wings and lady dolls with lace trimmed dresses and bonnets. There are many “how to make a church doll” sites.
Knotting the hankies was not easy. Some of my hankies were very tiny, some richly embroidered, some lacy. Embroidery shouldn’t be knotted, neither should some lace, so the ribbon became a practical choice, not a lazy one. I made twenty-four of the church dolls and didn’t want to part with any of them.
The above photo is of a favorite doll, Lucille.