Something new to add to my ‘Things I Covet‘ list – a Jess Brown hand-made rag doll. They are so beautiful.
Go and check out Jess Brown’s site (jessbrowndesign.com). It’s a lovely story with gorgeous images.
She began making dolls for her children 13 years ago using old cashmere sweaters and antique remnants. They would search flea markets together for antique pieces, trims, buttons and the like. This has now all come together as a small line of one of a kind and hand-made rag dolls. How lovely is that?
Each doll is hand dyed in persian black teas to create variations in skin tones. They are all made of cotton muslin and linen, and of primarily recycled and antique fabrics and findings. Each doll is created with button shoulders. They are all stuffed with a sustainable corn fiber stuffing.
Jess also collaborates with several designers, using scrap remnants left over from a current season cutting.
These dolls are created as limited edition collections.
(Images sourced from Selvedge Dry-goods)
Wow – a beautiful example of craft – these are very special! Of course her story sounds incredible too…what a wonderful thing to do with your kids! Lovely! We are off for a bit of thrifting today too (my girls LIVE to thrift) – maybe we’ll scavenge a bit of old cashmere…
I like the idea of scavenging but the reality… not so much! Isn’t she amazing, tho’? I love the story of how she started out making her rag dolls.
Hope you and your girls found some hidden gems!
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