30 Gnomes in 30 Days January 10, 2013 17:16 2 CommentsWhat an amazing, record breaking year 2012 was! We felted our fingers swollen and bloody, our necks and backs ached with fatigue, our right biceps began to resemble one of Popeye’s forearms, and despite not being able to find anything on the internet related to “felting injuries” I’m quite certain I had a severe case of Felter’s Thumb.
2012, June??? June 12, 2012 12:59
Greetings from Going Gnome! This blog entry has been waiting to be written since January, I am amazed and somewhat horrified to see it is now June! I had great intentions for posting my thoughts and reflections on 2011 and all that happened for Going Gnome. Well, now that just seems like old news.....seeing as we're already in full swing with 2012 felting and show season.
First off how about a shout out to the beloved sheep that provide us with such an amazing substance to work with!! WHoop WHoop! Here are a few I pass everyday when I drive my kids to school, lambing season on a sheep farm is a wonder to behold, with new tiny babies arriving every day:
For my second shout out I'd like to thank my Aunt, Uncle and cousins for hosting us for the weekend of the PA Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm! It was at this event that we debuted Going Gnome's latest new creations: DRAGONS! In a burst of creative inspiration 4 dragons were born and travelled to the Fair and were loved by many:
Give me a " Huzzah!" for 30 pounds of wool not blowing off the top of the car on the return trip from PA.
And my third and final shout out is to my sister and partner in gnome crime - Jennifer! I can't really begin to describe how amazing it is to have your work (and i use this term loosley since having as much fun as we do it can hardly be called work) be so fullfilling. We really have more fun than should be allowed, she keeps me inspired, and Going Gnome wouldn't be here without her.
Next stop: the Stockbridge Arts Festival.....Keep an eye out for more new creations, Melissa
Are you a gnome too? January 5, 2012 11:28 1 Comment
My daughter wrote this story, and I could immediately see that I was the gnome.....are you a gnome from the "real" world too?
To all those "bad cop" gnomes out there - you are making your princes and princesses nicer people - Keep up the good work! - Melissa
Getting ready for NY Sheep and Wool October 10, 2011 12:42 1 Comment
Things we look forward to at the festival every year:
1. Seeing our booth neighbors (I need to restock on Heal my Hands)
2. Maple flavored cotton candy - It is white and looks exactly like wool batting - If I had a dollar for every person who sees us eating it and thinks we are eating wool I could go ahead and take early retirement!
3. Chicken pot pie! It takes a good hour wait in a VERY long line to get a pot pie, and often they run out before you get one, but they sure are worth it!
4. The parade of the fair goers woolly finest. You would be hard pressed to find a better sampling of fine knitted, woven, felted, and crochet goods being worn around in one place - it is truly inspiring.
5. Listening to the sheep bleating, seeing the llama parade, admiring all the wonderful yarns and wool goods for sale are just the icing on the cake!
6. And last but certainly not least, seeing customers form previous years, hearing about the things they’ve made with our kits and other adventures in felting, and meeting lots of new faces that are as charmed by gnomes as we are!
So, for now I better get back to my felting - 6 mushroom caps are staring me down and wondering when they will get their stems. I’m so excited for Friday’s set up, and the opening of the fair on Saturday. If you’ve never been you should really check it out, it is a great event!!!
Remember to stop by booth T in building 36 - look for the mushroom topped tent - it’s hard to miss....
Hebron Harvest Festival September 15, 2011 19:50
Jennifer and I recently returned from a weekend of selling our needle felted gnomes and felting kits at the Hebron Harvest Festival in CT. The fair began on Thursday September 8th. We arrived at the fairgrounds to find ourselves up to our shins in mud - both inside the tent and out. Seems the folks of Hebron had been out of power for an entire week from the storms and rain - and boy was it saturated! Spirits were low as we slogged our goods through the mud. But by Friday morning things were looking up, we awoke to sunshine and a much more dried out fairground!
Not to mention a first place win in the Juried Artisan Best in Show competition! Our needle felted gnome house won us a round of applause from our fellow vendors, as well as a ribbon and a $200 prize!
The weather only got better and better for the rest of the weekend.
We did a lot of needle felting demonstrations. This was a great way for people to see and learn about needle felting and even give it a try. It really excited people to buy our felting kits, and we got some great new gnomes made in the process!
Sales were a bit slow throughout the weekend, but fortunately people were enthusiastic about our gnomes, many claiming they had never seen anything like it. This is surely one of the wonders of sculptural needle felting, people can not seem to figure out how it happens without sewing! Even after all these years I still find the process miraculous.
other vendors around us were a great deal of fun to be with - good
thing too considering we spent 40+ hours together over the course of the
four days. Our booth neighbor was kind enough to act as a living gnome
to further entertain our customers (Thank you Rick of Common Good Market
!) Saturday proved to be a long day - by hour 13 Jen and I got a little punchy (as the photo below can attest) and practically turned into gnomes ourselves!
My daughter Grace is still somewhat troubled by the thought of Jen eating her Siberian gnome.
We are back home now in Great Barrington, Off the Beaded Path is open and undergoing some reorganization to make room for all our wool, kits, and gnomes. We are busily felting away, rebuilding our stock for the CT Renaissance Faire, which we will be guest vending at on the weekends of September 24 & 25, and October 1 & 2. King Arthur Faire
The wool is flying, the gnomes are multiplying, and I am thinking about making a lava rock monster as requested......
Until next time - Remember - if you look away from your work stop poking or you’ll end up with holes in your fingers, OUCH, or someone eating your gnome......