Creator of inspiring needle felting kits and felt creations. Lover of Yorkshire tea and all things wooly. http://lincolnshirefenncrafts.com
Why ‘Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts’? Well that’s easy: I live in rural Lincolnshire with my family and we love the Fens. It’s where my daughter and I have spent many days exploring the surrounding countryside, villages and wildlife. She’s a teenager now but it’s still one of our favourite places to visit, so the name seemed…right.
I have always loved anything connected to arts, crafts, music and photography and have been making and creating since I was 6 years old. I believe that any form of arts and crafts, from colouring books to sculpture, can only be beneficial to our personal and mental well being. Ask yourself this “When did being creative ever cause you to feel anxious or unhappy?”
Felting, and in particular needle felting, was something I discovered purely by accident (or serendipity) after meeting a felting artist at an arts and craft show I was visiting. I immediately booked a three hour workshop on wet felting and shortly after I was given a whole sheep’s fleece. The rest, as they say, is history – I had found my passion and I haven’t looked back since! Not even a glance…
Fuelled by all of the above, and my love of animals, I now hold workshops, produce original felt creations and award-winning needle felting kits designed for complete beginners or those simply wanting to improve their needle felting technique.
As well as my needle felting kits, I have create felt brooches, pictures and sculptures which allow my creative side to really flourish; that is, when I’m not making kits for all you lovely needle felting junkies… Since I starting needle felting it has really taken the crafting world by storm and many, like me, are now ‘hooked’ on this wonderfully addictive craft; surprising themselves at what they can achieve with a barbed needle and a handful of wool.
Where you will find me: The Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts headquarters are in my home studio in rural Lincolnshire where I am supported by my lovely family and my right hand woman and best friend (who just happens to be my dog, Blaze).
My materials: I use mostly British wool, much of which is natural ,undyed and sourced locally from a family run business. Every item and needle felting kit is produced, made and put together by me at my home studio. I weigh, I bag, I print, I stick, I drink Yorkshire tea… You get the idea: no outsourcing whatsoever. The small amount of Merino wool I use is ethically sourced from South America by my British suppliers and, wherever possible, I use recycled materials and packaging.
My customers and me: The interaction this great craft has provided me with is incredibly rewarding and I am proud of my customer service which, continues with many of my customers long after they have purchased their first felting kit. Many have half my range sitting proudly in their homes and continue to support my business throughout the year – feedback doesn’t get any better than that! I am always on hand for any ‘woolly’ advice and have a monthly customer gallery on my website and Facebook page to show off all your lovely projects.
Warning: Needle felting can lead to compulsive creativity!!!
Membership and Awards:
*Lincolnshire Show Ransom Cup: I was awarded this coveted trophy in 2014 for best content and craft display.
*Country Craft Association: Following strict assessment I became a member of the Country Craft Association; where myself and other like minded crafters, artisans and artists take part in country wide craft fairs, shows and workshops. *International Association Of Feltmakers.
*The Campaign For Wool. Patron is HRH Prince of Wales.
*International Federation Of Felt Makers
*Heritage Crafts Association
If you got this far then thanks for listening… Best regards Sandy
Myself, of course…Every item and needle felting kit is produced, made and put together by me at my home studio. I weigh, I bag, I print, I stick, I drink Yorkshire tea… You get the idea: no outsourcing whatsoever.
Blaze…German Shepherd cross. I love my chair and biscuits dipped in tea. My main roles are quality control, providing moral support and sleeping.