CFF – all about Jenny

The latest blog post is from Jenny Barnett, needlefelter extraordinaire!

Read all about Jenny, by Jenny – and enjoy!

Hello from Jenny Barnett, felt maker, sculptor, illustrator, author.
I’m really looking forward to joining you all at the first Cheshire Fibre Festival on 1st October 2016
I’ll be bringing along a collection of needle felted animals, kits and books, and some lovely ceramic and felt dolls, knitters and tiny handmade felt garments and inspiration. I’ll be showing visitors how needle felting is done, and they can take away fibres and equipment to make their very own little wool sculpture.
In the afternoon I’ll be holding a needle felting workshop, making badgers and some butterflies and toadstools. Sorry the workshop is already full, but I’ll bring along some kits to make these, along with the popular hares, fox, sheep, chickens, seal, robins and unicorns and more…
I’ve been lucky to have many years experience as a freelance sculptor working for the giftware industry, modelling collectable figures for  Wedgewood and Royal Doulton, and then designing my own creations and commissioned portraits and exhibiting at festivals and events like Woolfest, Wonderwool Wales and Yarndale.
I’ve been a felt maker for over fifteen years after trying it at local college and workshops, and love using wool.
When needle felting I use the wool just like clay, making a range of creatures with lots of character, and with the wet felting technique, I combine the wool with my clay sculptures, it’s a a lovely tactile combination.
I’ve held lots of workshops showing others how to enjoy creating with wool, and have put all this collection into a popular needle felting book, and I’m now working on another felt making workshop book, due to be published later this year.
We have travelled around for a while in our narrowboat home, and have settled in Cheshire alongside our other old narrowboat butty called the ‘Maid of Hare’, a whole boat dedicated to studio space and full of wool and clay. My writer husband renovated the boat, and now we plan to work on more illustrated books and ideas together.
You can follow progress on Facebook and further workshops and events will be posted on these links too.
Look forward to meeting you at Cheshire Fibre Festival.


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