Handmade Dolls by Jess Quinn

October 11, 2012

Do you have a second to spare? I would like for you to meet a few sweet new friends of mine for just a moment. These ladies are my awesome threesome. They were handmade by Jess Quinn in England and for this photo, I’ve placed them on a linen sofa in my work studio so I could show them to you. Very soon, these charming little ladies will end up in a glass cabinet in my spare bedroom, or on a bench there, and eventually I may hand them down to others in my family who will adore them as much as I do at this moment.

Handmade Dolls by Jess Quinn

I’m not sure what it is exactly about handmade dolls, but I’ve always have a thing for them. Whether a handmade doll or bear, I’ve always felt a connection to soft toys. I love the details, the stitch work, seeing the seams. Handmade objects are so precious. Someone sat down and not only put great thought into how each doll would look but then, in bringing her to life through embroidered facial expressions and sweet little outfits designed with heart. How can you not be charmed by a pretty doll, but also by the entire process behind it and of the artist behind each sweet little face?

For some cute dolls of your own, please visit Jess Quinn’s online shop here.

(image: holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Emma October 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    They are very, very cute :)

    Emma x

  • Reply shanon October 11, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I still think about the handmade dolls I had when I was a kid. Hands down, better than any plastic thing you could find. I can even remember has a girl, thinking about the woman who must have stitched their eyes, and wondering how she did it. They were so special. It’s stuff like that that stays with you forever.

  • Reply Christine October 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I share your love of cloth dolls Holly. Mine began when my grandmother whipped one up for me out an old dress of hers. She used stockings for it’s hair and the Fabric was a polyester featuring a bold black and gold print. She as not a pretty doll like those you feature but I loved her and it warms my heart to think of it still.

  • Reply chia October 11, 2012 at 1:52 am

    If you love handmade dolls, you will really really love http://www.evangelione.com She’s a dollmaker from Malaysia (my country!) Unfortunately she doesn’t seem to be selling custom made dolls anymore….. And I could not find many in stock the last time I was in Malaysia. But do check out her works of art!!

  • Reply Tara Galuska October 11, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I’ve been a fan of Jess Quinns work for some time now and those lovelies look so at home on your sofa.

  • Reply Jess Quinn October 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Hi Holly,

    How lovely to see my dolls in their new home, I’m delighted and they look very happy!
    very best wishes


  • Reply Lauren Kellim October 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Those little dolls are so sweet! Holly, where dod you get that amazing throw on the back of your couch? Really gorgeous!

  • Reply Heidi Dudley October 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Sweet! Each of my 3 daughters was given a handmade doll (a Waldorf doll) before they were 2 and they have been the most treasured of all their toys. My 13 year old still sleeps with hers. There is something so precious about having a handmade doll of soft materials – they are to be treasured.

  • Reply Jahje Ives October 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I love these dolls so much. They are the next thing on my list of wants for my little girl (and myself)

  • Reply how2home October 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

    These are so adorable!

  • Reply Ana November 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Hey Holly

    I wanted to ask you about the rug on the backround. Is it from a german designer? I think I saw her work already, but I can not remember her name.
    I am right?


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