Going Gnome began quite by accident in 2008. Sisters Jennifer and Melissa VanSant had been running their bead and scrapbook store since 2005 and frequently spent time needle felting in the shop. They grew up knitting, sewing, crocheting and had a lifelong love of fiber. Their love of gnomes seemed to want to manifest itself in needle felting. How well gnomes and wool go together! People would come into the shop and ask if they could buy the gnomes, and could they learn how to make them. Feeling both excited and energized – they moved the shop, dropped the scrapbooking supplies and moved the felting supplies in. Over the past 10 years, what began with a gnome and 2 felting kits has expanded to a line of 25 needle felting kits including 2 limited edition kits each year: Gnome of the year, and Holiday of the year. Three years ago they closed the doors of the brick and mortar store to focus exclusively on Going Gnome from their studio and now attend 15 retail and wholesale shows around the country each year, wholesale their kits to yarn, toy and gift stores, and spend many evenings and weekends teaching. It has been exciting to introduce so many people to needle felting through these channels. Jennifer and Melissa feel so honored that people have embraced this sweet and sometimes scary world they have created – Going Gnome
Email us at GoingGnome@yahoo.com with any questions.