SlowStitchToys

Handcrafted cloth toys, natural, comforting, loveable!

Announcement    When I started the SLOW STITCH TOYS Etsy shop as a pandemic lockdown project, I decided to name my girl dolls in alphabetical order. I never really expected to make it through the ABC’s, (well, I did skip X,) however recently, ZELDA, set off for her new home, and it’s time to start at the beginning again.

AMELIA has just arrived in the SLOW STITCH TOY SHOP, and as I begin to make my way through the alphabet for the second time, I want to pause and thank all of you who have invited my dolls, (and the occasional bear, bunny and lamb,) into your loving homes over the past 2 years. I’ve had a great time, met a lot of delightful people, and placed a lot of handmade toys in loving families!

SLOW STITCH TOYS are inspired by the slow movement, (google “Slow Food,” “Slow Fashion,” for more.). They are crafted slowly, step by step, by one person, me. Their heads and bodies are made of a double layer of fine quality European linen, and they are entirely filled with all new American grown wool fiber. Their clothes are made of a combination of old and new fine linen, often with vintage lace, tatting and embroidery details, as well as many many hand stitches. Recently I've been combining hand printed designs from original carved blocks, with details of hand stitching on their yoked top, back buttoned dresses.

I'm glad you found your way to the SLOW STITCH TOY SHOP, and I hope you'll visit often. As the pandemic winds down and life opens up again, like everyone else, my schedule is filling up: (creating a Stitch Circle at church, helping my daughter with costumes for my grandson’s high school musical, enjoying gathering and celebrations of family and friends.). I hope I never take for granted the gift of community, the blessing of chatting face to face, sharing meals, exchanging hugs and making plans to get together again. It’s been quite a time, hasn’t it?

Abundant thanks for the patience of followers of SLOW STITCH TOYS. Watch out for new SLOW STITCH TOYS coming in the near future, as well as doll clothes and doll quilts. Dresses may be available separately before long, and, by the way, they fit American Girl Dolls as well. (I tried them out on my grand-daughter's to be sure.)

Lots of plans underway, but, as always, they take time, because I AM a SLOW STITCH TOYMAKER!

While you're waiting, please drop by my Instagram account: #slow_stitch_toys and look for me on Pinterest as Slow Stitch Toys.

Abundant Good Wishes, ANNA

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Last updated on May 17, 2022

When I started the SLOW STITCH TOYS Etsy shop as a pandemic lockdown project, I decided to name my girl dolls in alphabetical order. I never really expected to make it through the ABC’s, (well, I did skip X,) however recently, ZELDA, set off for her new home, and it’s time to start at the beginning again.

AMELIA has just arrived in the SLOW STITCH TOY SHOP, and as I begin to make my way through the alphabet for the second time, I want to pause and thank all of you who have invited my dolls, (and the occasional bear, bunny and lamb,) into your loving homes over the past 2 years. I’ve had a great time, met a lot of delightful people, and placed a lot of handmade toys in loving families!

SLOW STITCH TOYS are inspired by the slow movement, (google “Slow Food,” “Slow Fashion,” for more.). They are crafted slowly, step by step, by one person, me. Their heads and bodies are made of a double layer of fine quality European linen, and they are entirely filled with all new American grown wool fiber. Their clothes are made of a combination of old and new fine linen, often with vintage lace, tatting and embroidery details, as well as many many hand stitches. Recently I've been combining hand printed designs from original carved blocks, with details of hand stitching on their yoked top, back buttoned dresses.

I'm glad you found your way to the SLOW STITCH TOY SHOP, and I hope you'll visit often. As the pandemic winds down and life opens up again, like everyone else, my schedule is filling up: (creating a Stitch Circle at church, helping my daughter with costumes for my grandson’s high school musical, enjoying gathering and celebrations of family and friends.). I hope I never take for granted the gift of community, the blessing of chatting face to face, sharing meals, exchanging hugs and making plans to get together again. It’s been quite a time, hasn’t it?

Abundant thanks for the patience of followers of SLOW STITCH TOYS. Watch out for new SLOW STITCH TOYS coming in the near future, as well as doll clothes and doll quilts. Dresses may be available separately before long, and, by the way, they fit American Girl Dolls as well. (I tried them out on my grand-daughter's to be sure.)

Lots of plans underway, but, as always, they take time, because I AM a SLOW STITCH TOYMAKER!

While you're waiting, please drop by my Instagram account: #slow_stitch_toys and look for me on Pinterest as Slow Stitch Toys.

Abundant Good Wishes, ANNA

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  • Pamela on Jun 11, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amelia is the sixth doll I've "adopted" from Anna's shop, and I feel reasonably certain there will be a seventh . . . she is absolutely delightful, full of whimsical, innocent charm, (just like her siblings) and I'm quite enamored with her dandelion dress. "Slow Stitch Dolls" are exquisitely made and lovely to behold . . . needless to say, I'm a big fan. The customer service is perfection, lightning fast shipping, beautiful packaging . Many thanks!

  • Victoria Kemish on May 10, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    To say I’m a fan of these dolls and their maker is an understatement. Zelda and her lamb are the 6th and 7th dolls to join my family. I’m quite certain they won’t be the last.

  • animalfarmlady on Apr 30, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    This dear doll is wonderfully made, so gentle and endearing. I think I've dreamed about her all my life. I will share her with the little ones in my life, but I'm looking forward to her quiet companionship myself. ❤️ She arrived startlingly quickly and turned a very grumpy day into a happy one for me. Her clothes are very special and so tidily sewn. She had the comfiest journey ever in her very softly padded box. I found this detail to be oddly pleasing. She's a treasure and will very well loved. ❤️❤️❤️

  • kelly on Apr 16, 2022

    5 out of 5 stars

    Dear Anna, First, what a sweet surprise it was to receive Yvonne in just two days time! I really appreciate old fashioned goodness when it comes to toys. This is a beautifully made doll and I only wish every child could have such a doll as this! What an incredible doll for creative play and companionship. I really appreciate every stitch that it took to turn these natural fabrics into such an adorable doll! You obviously take great pride in what you do! In turn, I will be very proud((and happy)to give this to my niece's daughter on her birthday! Many Thanks! Kelly M.

  • Victoria Kemish on Oct 19, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Aaron is the 5th doll that I’ve purchased from Anna. 3 for me, 2 for family. Each one has been a delight, and Aaron is no exception to that. The materials used are lovely, each doll is skillfully stitched, and each have heartwarming expressions. As long as Anna keeps making dolls/toys I will keep buying them for the people I love.

  • Sally on May 25, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    So happy to welcome Polly to our family! So beautifully made and presented. A huge WOW❤️

  • Pamela on May 18, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Tess has the dearest face ever, and is such a sweet spirit; as with Rachel, I simply could not resist her. These precious handmade cloth dolls by Anna are all delightful and could easily become addictive . . . that being said, I can't think of a "happier" way to spend your money. Super fast shipping and careful packing were much appreciated.

  • Pamela on May 18, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Rachel touched my heart in a big way and she is every bit as "special" in person - perhaps it is her childlike innocence, but I love everything about her. I am delighted to have her in my collection . . . SlowStitchToys are wonderful, and the customer service is superb!

  • Pamela on Mar 24, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    The first word that came to mind when I saw Alice Rabbit was "demure". And just like other Slow Stitch Toys, she is whimsical and radiates a sweet spirit. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect "rabbit friend". (and, oh, what a lovely dress she's wearing!) Again, beautifully wrapped & packaged, lightning fast shipping - thank you, Anna!

  • Pamela on Mar 22, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I am absolutely thrilled with Lucy, she will bring a smile to my face every time I look her way. I can't say enough about how truly "special" these Slow Stitch Toys are, but believe me, I am an avid and devoted fan. Many thanks for the lovely packing & super fast shipping!

About SlowStitchToys

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SLOW STITCH TOYS

I’ve been making toys and dolls all my life. Initially I made them for myself, then for my little sister, then later for my daughter and son, and now I make them for my grandchildren. I’ve always loved the process, and I enjoy the time I spend designing, sewing, filling, dressing and hand stitching them. These soft toys are carefully and individually hand crafted, mindful of those who will buy, give, share, enjoy, collect and love them.

SLOW STITCH TOYS are made of new, vintage, repurposed and salvaged natural fibers, primarily linen, and occasionally cotton, wool, and silk. Natural fibers give these toys a feel and texture that appeals to multiple senses. The heads and bodies of SLOW STITCH DOLLS are made of two layers of fine linen, and they are filled with new natural wool roving. The features, hair and shoes of the dolls are hand stitched. The heads of SLOW STITCH BEARS are filled with wool roving and their bodies are filled with all natural organic cotton fibers.

The clothing of all SLOW STITCH TOYS is removable and carefully constructed of all natural fabrics. Bits of vintage and antique table linens, handkerchiefs, baby clothes and decorative embroidery, lace and edging are added as well as many many hand stitches. The designs are original and reminiscent of the gentle comfort and simplicity of toys of the past.

All SLOW STITCH TOYS are child friendly, however there may be buttons and attachments that would not be appropriate for very young children.

As a fiber artist and a needlecrafter, I appreciate the importance of the sense of touch! These toys are made from natural materials that invite a cuddle, and their features have gentle expressions that encourage imaginative play.

I’m grateful that you’ve found your way to my Etsy shop, and I would be delighted to hear from you. Also please visit me on Instagram at #slowstitchtoys or search for me on Pinterest as Slow Stitch Toys by Anna Saterstrom.

Anna Saterstrom,
anna.saterstrom [!at] gmail.com

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