Creator of inspiring needle felting kits and felt creations. Lover of Yorkshire tea and all things woolly. http://lincolnshirefenncrafts.com
So what’s all the fuss about?
There is a reason that needle felting has taken crafting world by storm; you need just one thing…enthusiasm! No tricky patterns. No sewing. No wires. No expensive fancy equipment.
You don’t have to be artistic or even creative and all you need is enthusiasm a little time and guidance; that’s where I come in!
But, before you go any further I must just add a little disclaimer:
NEEDLE FELTING IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE WHICH CAN, AND DOES, LEAD TO COMPULSIVE CREATIVITY!!!
I have always loved anything connected to arts and crafts and have been making and creating since I was 6 years old but there wasn’t one that grabbed hold of me the way needle felting did… it was something I discovered purely by accident at an arts and craft show 5 years ago. The rest, as they say, is history; I had found my passion and I haven’t looked back since! Not even a glance.
The joy and excitement I feel at seeing a handful of wool transformed into a beautiful animal or sculpture using just a barbed needle is huge and I want you to experience the same.
The Healing Power Of Arts And Crafts
Speaking from my own experience, and those I come into contact with on a daily basis, I believe that any form of arts and crafts, from colouring books to sculpture, can only benefit our personal and mental well being. Ask yourself this “When did being creative ever cause you to feel anxious or unhappy?”
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). 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, hence the name.
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.
Did I mention that 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 Association 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 designed, 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.