Artist Inspiration {Jess Brown Artisan Rag Dolls}

My favorite part about the holidays is the
c h i l d h o o d   w o n d e r
which I believe is one of the most
valuable qualities to possess our
whole lives through and one which
artist Jess Brown understands perfectly. 


I bet you are familiar with her artisan rag dolls
which have been making spirits bright for years now.
(She began making dolls for her children 14 years ago
using cashmere sweaters and antique remnants then
developed a line of signature handmade ragdolls
based on her original doll design.)

Oh the heart shaped mouths and the starry eyes!


I love the modern aesthetic!

What you may not know is Jess Brown now offers
EVERYONE the opportunity to create one of these
modern heirlooms in a lovely new book.

Image result for jess brown rag doll book

Chronicle Books, 2014

The Making of a Rag Doll: Design & Sew Modern Heirlooms
has a custom pattern and instructions to personalize
your own rag doll using natural materials and
vintage fabrics as Jess does.

Just think…we have more than a year to
create everlasting gifts of wonder for next Christmas!


This one melts my heart too.

jess brown rag doll
holiday rag doll

Hope you are experiencing days of wonder
and finding opportunities for childlike awe.

Peace to you right where you are.

Click for a list of beautiful design books to inspire.



  1. December 14, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    I will have buy this book! No one loves dolls more tham I do, and I wold love to make one for my granddaughter.
    Thank yo for sharing, sweet Michele.

    • December 15, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      and i would love to see your finished doll–how exciting! and what a lucky granddaughter!

  2. December 15, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Michele, what I love most about this time of year is that wonder is all around – it makes me remember the utterly happy and magical holidays my mom and dad created for me. And I love these dolls! I'm much more arty than crafty, but think I might try my hand a making one for my niece who will be 5 next Christmas – hopefully that's still young enough to appreciate the magic of a handmade doll, and she won't prefer an iPad 😉

    Wishing you all kinds of wonder and magic, my friend! XOXO

    • December 15, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      she'll adore it, jeanne! these are truly the sweetest heirlooms.

  3. December 16, 2014 / 4:45 am

    What an amazing artist.I have a special fondness for these fabric creations. My first love was a humble old Raggedy Anne doll which I kept for years…I was such a dreamy child I could get lost for hours in my imaginary doll world. Sigh. Thanks for making me smile fellow kittycat.

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