Melissa VanSant
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Melissa VanSant
Short Bio
Going Gnome began quite by accident in 2008. We had been running ourbead and scrapbook store since 2005 and frequently spent time needle felting in the shop. We grew up knitting, sewing, crocheting and had a lifelong love of fiber. Our 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 – we 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 2 limited edition kits each year: Gnome of the year, and Holiday of the year, plus mystery kit clubs, and a special annual Rhinebeck gnome!! Four years ago we closed the doors of our brick and mortar store to focus exclusively on Going Gnome from our studio and now attend 18 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. We feel so lucky that people have embraced this sweet and sometimes scary world that is Going Gnome :)
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Felter, Artist, Instructor, Vendor