Gnomes aren't just for Christmas

My gnomes are designed to adorn your home at any time of year. I gather inspiration from the changing seasons, holidays and nature to create bright, colourful and individual styles to my felted hats.

About Gnomes for your Homes

Hand Felted Gnomes For All Seasons

Jessika loves making her hand felted gnomes
Owner and Artist of Gnomes For Your Homes, Jessika Simon-Osborne

Gnomes for your Homes consists of me and my longtime love affair of wool.  I have been spinning wool since I was 15 and I was doing crochet and knitting long before that.  It took me years to decide to take the soft, beautiful fleece and stab at it to make it felt.  Once I did, it worked and it has been my main means of artistic outlet since.

I moved from Gig Harbor, Washington State to Bradford, West Yorkshire in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree in human bones and diseases stuff.  I did not have my spinning wheel, only a lonely drop spindle.  I ended up meeting the guy I was to marry, he ended up being English and we stayed in Yorkshire.

I did finally get my spinning wheel to the UK but before I did, I started messing around with felting.  Now I must say, felting is a strange concept when you are used to working with the softness and bounce of wool.  However, felting brings all kinds of opportunities to play with wool that I hadn’t thought possible.  For one thing, I can make and design my own fabric.  I can make toys and decorations just by stabbing and rubbing the wool.

One day, I came across Teddybear Orphans and I fell in love with the gnomes she made.  I managed to find a tutorial on making hand felted gnomes on YouTube and I tried it out on Guy Fawkes Night 2016.  That was when Gnomes for your Homes was born because before I knew it, I had 30 gnomes filling my tables and shelves.  And I wanted to make more.  Once I started making hand felted gnomes I couldn’t stop. I had to share them with everyone and putting up an Etsy site seemed the best thing to do.

I love every gnome I make and put a lot of thought into their making.  I make each one individually and work on it until it’s finished before starting the next.  I love doing the custom gnomes.  They bring me such joy because I am trying to make an inspiration into an actualization.  And it’s so nice to collaborate with what other people are imagining and bringing it out in a hand felted gnome.

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