Roots & Wings Studio

Jen Staples

Encouraging imagination. Inviting play.

Meadow


Sweet Meadow was so much fun for me to create. She is now with her new family, getting lots of hugs and love! She is made with my baby pattern and is 15" long, created with high quality cotton jersey interlock and stuffed firmly with wool. Her facial features have been needle felted of wool over many hours and then covered with fabric, and then her features were accented with some carefully placed stitches. She also has some adorable knee and elbow dimples, as well as some dimples above her chubby bum. Her eyes are embroidered with cotton embroidery thread, and her face and body have been blushed with beeswax crayon. Meadow's soft dark hair is made of a brushable mohair yarn that has been knitted into a cap and carefully brushed out, then sewn securely to her head. Meadow has a really lovely outfit. Her romper was made with cotton woven fabric with a delightful floral pattern. The pattern for her romper is from Shaka Laka Bum, which I downsized to fit Meadow. It was really a lovely pattern and tutorial to work with. Her diaper is made of floral patterned cotton and a layer of wool from my own pattern and closes with metal snaps. Her wee socks are made of cotton jersey and trimmed with lace, and her boots were wet felted over several hours by me with layers of wool and fitted specifically to Meadows feet. To complete her sweet boots I added eyelets and leather lacing. Her wool shawl was knitted by me using a pattern from Miss Molly’s Dolls, and closes with a single wooden button. Her sweet wool bonnet is knitted using a preemie pattern from Ester Kate Designs; I added the bear ears to the bonnet (because how cute are bear ears?!). Many, many hours of love and work were poured into the creation of Meadow.


I had a hard time picking just a few photos, so this is a photograph heavy post for your enjoyment 😉





Peekaboo!



A blanket or a shawl? Meadow prefers to use it as a snuggly blanket...



Springtime mornings can be a bit chilly though, so let’s put that shawl back on… and peak at how lovely the back of this bonnet looks!



That’s better! All cozy and warm!



"Oh, look who came out to visit you this morning!"



Special booties made just for Meadow 😃



“Oh, Meadow little feet that want to stay warm must stay in their shoes!"



I’m not going to win this one….I guess laces are pretty intriguing and fun to pull on...



As the sun began to rise in the sky and spread it’s warmth, I gave up trying to keep her dressed



She finally got those socks off...



And well, what baby doesn’t enjoy being totally naked and free?





I hope you are enjoying the last of spring as summer is on it’s way!



Thank you for reading!
Love, Jen




Oh, Spring!

The creation of these two helped to lure spring into being, I’m sure of it. The first Spring Tomte said he knew where spring was but wouldn’t tell me anything else… by the time the second Tomte arrived, Spring decided it was time to bloom.


Also known as a gnome or nisse, they are known for being the keepers and protectors of the homestead. They would make a lovely addition to your home and your spring decor or nature table; or a lovely housewarming gift for a loved one.

Each gnome is made with natural fibers- a repurposed cotton sweater, a repurposed print cotton shirt, and wool felt for the boots. They are stuffed with responsibly sourced wool and their noses are blushed with beeswax crayon. Each one has a sweet flower sewn to his lightly stuffed hat which can be gently manipulated to be crooked or straight, and their beards are made with lovely wool roving.









The lavender one is available here
The teal one is available here

Happy Spring!

Thanks for reading,
Jen

Oh, Spring!

The creation of these two help to lure spring into being, I’m sure of it. The first Spring Tomte said he knew where spring was but wouldn’t tell me anything else… by the time the second Tomte arrived, Spring decided it was time to bloom.


Also known as a gnome or nisse, they are known for being the keepers and protectors of the homestead. They would make a lovely addition to your home and your spring decor or nature table; or a lovely housewarming gift for a loved one.

Each gnome is made with natural fibers- a repurposed cotton sweater, a repurposed print cotton shirt, and wool felt for the boots. They are stuffed with responsibly sourced wool and their noses are blushed with beeswax crayon. Each one has a sweet flower sewn to his lightly stuffed hat which can be gently manipulated to be crooked or straight, and their beards are made with lovely wool roving.









The lavender one is available here
The teal one is available here

Happy Spring!

Thanks for reading,
Jen

Spring Tomte

As I wait for dolly supplies to come in, this little guy was created today. 😍 He has at least one friend on the way, and he claims to know where spring is...though I cannot seem to coax it out of him.

A spring tomte (aka gnome or nisse)





Positive progress

After much trial and error….her arms are just right. We are progressing, now just the waiting on more supplies!



Thanks for coming!
❤️ Jen

A basket of cute...

This bundle of babies…I’m so lucky to have a moment to snuggle them all at once. Soon three of these bunnies are leaving, and the other three are awaiting adoption. They really have my heart. This is going to be a photo heavy post, mostly so I can come back and look at them once they have ventured out into the world.



It is so hard to say no to a face like this. This one is a charmer; she is endearing, innocent, and honest:






Petite, yet powerful. She is quiet at first, but not for long. She is sweet, and confidently (and unapologetically), herself:





This guy loves the wilderness, and he loves a good laugh. He is really very good at moving around silently, so watch your carrots:





This one is a surprise, her mom doesn’t know she is coming yet. She is an observer, only jumping in once she has had plenty of time to assess:





This one is bold and loves to talk, mostly about all the wonders of the world around us. She will have you answering a string of endless questions:





The adventurer; he will be on his way home soon to hang out with his brother and cause all kinds of mischeif:






The three that are available in my Etsy shop are below:




Thank you for reading and enjoying these photos of my dolls. I really love creating them.

❤️ Jen


They are ready!

The sweet bunnies are ready to find their forever homes! They will be in my Etsy shop tomorrow at 7pm. These three will be available:





All that’s left to do is a photo shoot in the morning! They are so excited! See you tomorrow!

❤️ Jen

Almost ready...

These adorable wee bunnies are so close to being ready! They just needs their wee arms (and a proper photo shoot) and they will be ready to hop off to their new homes!



A New Baby...

This little girl has been patiently waiting for my attention. Now that the wee foxes aren’t making a mess everywhere underfoot, she has been able to soak up a few hours of TLC. She is waiting for her hair to be done 😃. I thought I would give you a quick peek at her, since she is just so sweet.



This little peanut will be in process alongside another project for spring 😃 Stay tuned, I have a few more exciting things coming (think bunnies!).




Thank you for reading

Lots of Love,
Jen

There once were six wee fox kits...



They are finally ready to emerge from the den! Six little fox kits, or pups, are ready to be loved and squeezed (did you know that fox babies can be called kits or pups?). I adore them. I really enjoyed creating these little loves; I poured my heart into them. If you choose to adopt one of these kits into your home, be forewarned that they are as quick-witted as they are sweet. It is totally up to you whether you choose to let them charm you into giving them what they want or not, just know I warned you. By the way, it’s not just cats that like yarn balls. I have a wad of yarn that you would shake your head at….Im not sure I'll ever get it untangled. They totally talked me out of the scarves and gloves that I wanted to make for them. No gloves! And no to those autumn colored scarves that I was dreaming of. Once one wanted a white scarf, they all wanted a white scarf. Oh well. It reminds me of the white chest and belly of the red fox, so maybe it is better this way.



This was a project that I worked on reeeeallly slowly; in fact I started back in October, doing little bits here and there when I could sneak away from my kids. I dream of the day I will have a little separate studio space that I can get whole uninterrupted days to work with lots of chai tea to sip. Sounds lovely, right? Maybe then it won’t take me 4 months to finish a project amidst the beautiful chaos of life.









Right in the middle of trying to finish up these sweet kits, another girl poked her head out and told me she was more than ready for my attention as well. I’m sure she will be pleased that I will no longer have the distraction of six energetic foxes underfoot. I didn’t tell her that one will be staying here to play, indefinitely. He was just to sweet and and adorable to let go. Four of these wee woolly babes are available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.











Each baby is about 10" tall, and comes with a pair of black socks as well as a natural colored scarf knitted by me. Their limbs are firmly stuffed with clean, carded wool and their belly is stuffed a little less firm - for hugging and squeezing. Their heads are made of wool and cotton interlock fabric in the traditional Waldorf style, with cheeks blushed with beeswax crayon. Their bodies are crafted from a repurposed shirt (that I purchased because I loved the pattern and saw fox dolls instead of a garment!), and their socks are upcycled from a sweater. Every seam is sewn twice with attention and care, including the hand stitched seams.

Though these dolls are crafted with great care and are durable for play, they are not recommended for young children due to the small buttons.

I really want to share all the pictures with you, but I will spare you...this time! Choosing is so hard.😉 I only took 130 of them. You can see more photos in their listings. Find them in my shop here: RootsWingsStudio

*** Edit 2/12/18: All of the sweet fox pups have been adopted and are on their way to their forever homes 😃 ***

Thank you for reading,
Jen