Roots & Wings Studio

Jen Staples

Encouraging imagination. Inviting play.

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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!).

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Lots of Love,

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 😃 ***

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Dolls are not just for girls!

I know this really wonderful little boy who is going to be so excited to snuggle this new doll, and I can hardly wait to give it to him! I am also so very thrilled that I am making a doll for a little boy, because dolls are not just for girls. Yes! Boys should have dolls too! Have you ever felt your heart melt when you see a loving father adoring and nurturing his baby? His toddler? Even his grown children? Boys grow up (too fast) and some choose to become fathers. My husband had a baby doll when he was little; my son has a doll; and I think it’s beautiful.

Dolls are such a great way for children, girls and boys alike, to play and imitate what mom and dad do; to nuture, imagine, create. Dolls are an open ended toy, and they are very therapeutic for little ones. A child’s work is to play, and a doll is an invaluable tool.

I have watched this happy boy nurture and rock this unfinished baby doll wrapped in a scarf as if it were already complete. Then trusting me to take good care of his baby, he willingly gave it back to me to finish with that smile on his face I so adore.

I'm going to leave it up to sweet Galileo to name his new lovey, I know he'll pick a great name. I have really enjoyed making this custom doll. We still have a bit of work to go. How exciting to see it start to come together!

The smile on a child’s face when I hand them their new doll is what makes this work so worth it. Thanks for reading 😃

Love, Jen

Who will they become?

In the last post I shared about how I make the doll heads. When I start a new doll I often wonder: “Who will they become?" As the pieces start to come together I get a feel for how to shape the eyes, type and color of hair, what clothes to make, what colors to use…I usually don’t know ahead of time unless it has been specifically requested. It’s a really fun creative process for me.

Who will they become? You saw these two in the last post when they were still in their bare wool form.

One of these lovies is a custom doll for a dear friend 😃 The other will be looking for her forever home within the next month. I’m pretty excited to see what unfolds! Thanks for reading.

Sweet Adeline

Oh, sweet Adeline…she is so shy but very determined to have her way. On this beautiful sunny morning she dressed herself in her favorite spring dress, but she is so reluctant to let go of that chunky scarf. “It still gets chilly!" she exclaims.

I tried to tell her that it really was warm outside, but she layered it on anyway. It didn’t take long for her to start undressing once we went out for our walk in the sun to see what new plants are popping up.

Then she tried the other side of her dress, because it’s reversible and so much fun! Before long she was completely naked…it seems this is the way with Adeline, she is either completely bundled or refuses to wear clothes at all.

If you catch her singing or dancing, just look from the corner of your eye, or pretend you don’t hear her, for if you pay to much attention she will get quiet and give you that coy smile, then run off and hide or start doing something else.

I have really had so much fun with Adeline, she was a joy to create and create clothes for. She will always be very dear to my heart as the first of my original 8" Peanut pattern. As reluctant as I am, I know that it is time for her to find her forever home.

Adeline is a Waldorf inspired, natural fiber doll. She is made with high quality cotton interlock fabric and stuffed with clean carded wool. Her hair is wild brushable mohair in red brown, eyes are embroidered dark green with cotton embroidery thread, and cheeks are blushed with beeswax crayon.

She comes wearing her favorite reversible spring dress with lace trim along the bottom, as well as that chunky scarf she refuses to pack away with the winter clothes. (Squirrel not included.) She will need up to 2 business days to be lovingly and carefully packed.

Adeline is available in my store RootsWingsStudio Hope to see you there! Thank you for reading!

A new pattern

I’m really excited to introduce a new pattern! I have been wanting to make a smaller doll pattern lately, and I wanted it to be a bit more simple.

This doll has a very simple face, much closer to a Waldorf style doll. Making this doll was really a lot of fun for me, there is something so sweet in her face and simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, I love the needle felted face of the art dolls, but to have a sweet round face so open to interpretation is a refreshing change at the moment. It is also nice to have a new little doll completed in a matter of days instead of weeks, so it keeps me a little more balanced.

I’m so excited to introduce the 8" Peanut! This one has gone through a few names already, and hasn’t quite settled on one yet… She is also waiting not so patiently for her wardrobe to be complete. Please excuse the poor photo quality, I snapped a quick one with my phone, the next ones will be better!

She will be available in my hyena cart shop soon so stay tuned! I will be making a few more of these in the near future to post in my shop as well, maybe some little boys perhaps?



I have a new wool creation to share with you. I have never made two dolls alike, not even from the same pattern. You see, I have been constantly changing my patterns to improve my dolls. It can be challenging to create a pattern that will allow the doll to sit better, or have better proportions for the age the doll is supposed to be, enable posability, etc.

Recently I decided I would like to try a pattern other than my own. I ordered two separate Cutest Creations patterns from Jenn over at the Lali Dolls etsy store. She has some really nice patterns, and I enjoyed creating with them. The first pattern is the 14" Pacifier Doll pattern, and it is from this pattern that I crafted a new doll for my daughter.

Meet Althea!

I omitted the pacifier part and opted for a needle felted face. She is so very cute and cuddly. She is already going to need a bath soon from all the love she is getting!

I am so grateful for all of the wonderful doll makers out there and the amazing dolls they create as well as the knowledge and guidance they share.

Jenn was very kind and gave me permission to sell a couple of dolls made from her Cutest Creations Patterns. I will be making another doll from this pattern, and I also have an up and coming doll made with the 20" Wildflower Doll pattern that will be available in my hyena cart shop soon!

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This doll is a new pattern I made with the intention to make something simple and sturdy for little ones to play with hat could also be sewn up a little faster than my more intricate and detailed dolls. Years ago when my daughter was a baby, I had made her a toy rabbit named “Bunny Foo Foo.“ She was made from a pair of up-cycled wool socks, and her body was very similar to this doll pattern except I crafted the legs differently.

Meet February.

She is enjoying her walk in the woods despite the sprinkling rain and chill in the air. She knows spring is on the way, and though she is excited, there is something she will miss about the winter.

With rain drops in her hair, she wonders about her new home. She is a positive minded girl, so she believes it will be splendid!

February was lovingly made for a dear friend’s granddaughter, and I am so excited for her to meet her new family members!

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A Spring Doll for a New Baby

I was so excited to make this doll for my cousin’s new baby. I know she will not be big enough to play with it for a while, but making it for her was so much fun for me.

Her name is Pip! She is a spunky little girl who loves sunshine and sunflowers. She is made from one of my own patterns, and I am so pleased with how she turned out.

Her full outfit consists of a orange and yellow bonnet, booties with leather ties, and a custom diaper with a felt sunflower.

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