Kentucky Tourism

Willoughby, Deb — Seven Sisters Artisans

Nicholasville, KY


cornshuck dolls

Debra K. Willoughby is a native Kentuckian. She holds a graphic degree from Eastern Kentucky University and also studied library sciences at Northern Kentucky University.


Debra’s first love has always been cornshuck dolls. In 1985 she made her first simple doll. Over the years she has redesigned her dolls and begun to make more elaborate collectors’ editions. She also makes cornshuck flowers, bows and wreaths.


Debra hand crafts all the details on her dolls, including the small roses adorning dresses, the bows, and the cornshuck curls. Her dolls come with the “Faceless Doll Legend,” which explains how the faceless dolls remind us that beauty comes from within.


Debra is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.


Debra K. Willoughby’s work can be found at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY; I Love My Stuff, Berea, KY and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.