Jennifer VanSant
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Jennifer VanSant
Short Bio
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 12 years, what began with a gnome and 2 felting kits has expanded to a line of 24 needle felting kits including Mystery Kit clubs, a Gnome of the Year, limited edition Rhinebeck Gnome, and an Audubon Club.

Five years ago they closed the doors of their brick and mortar store to focus exclusively on Going Gnome from their studio and now attend 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.
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Felter, Artist, Instructor, Vendor