The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Jennifer VanSant

Jennifer and Melissa VanSant are sisters from Massachusetts.  Growing up with entrepreneurial parents who ran a cottage industry business of making large fabric kites taught us a lot about all aspects of creating and selling a handmade product. As children we attended a Waldorf school with a heavy focus on fine arts and creative expression.   

A lifelong love of fibers and fiber craft led us into the world of needle felting.  We began needle felting gnomes and their woodland friends.  Customers in our bead store were constantly asking us: “How do you make them?” “What is needle felting?”  This prompted us to begin teaching felting classes and producing our own felting kits to allow people to start creating their own villages of gnomes, and to take a stab at needle felting. 

Our business has grown to include trade shows, wholesale kit sales, and endless creative opportunity to make our tiny wooly friends.  We have 4 instructional videos with Craft Daily and are working on an Instructional Book idea with Storey Publishing.  We take each step in this amazing business with gratitude that people far and wide are embracing our artwork and vision of this gentle, though sometimes scary place we have created, called Going Gnome.

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Workshops By Jennifer VanSant

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