Gladys the otter

textile art doll of an otter slow stitched from upcycled fabric, tongue out with hands in front of the belly

The cotton she is made of was well loved, thus washed and stretched thin.

Fearing further damage I stitched very gently. That didn’t stop a gap appearing here and the insides peeking there.

Where it breaks, I mended.

She holds out her arms for an embrace, yet ready to let go at the ready.

Written on the inside of her arms: Hold but lightly.

I call her Gladys.