Crafts & Hobbies

The Gnome Project

One Woman's Wild and Woolly Adventure
Jessica Peill-Meininghaus
Book cover for The Gnome Project by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus

What do you do when life is too chaotic? How about felting a gnome? Or 365 of them, one for each day of the year.


Artist and wool crafter Jessica Peill-Meininghaus decided that she needed a project to teach herself follow-through in life. She settled on making one of her popular felted-wool gnomes every day for a year. With pipe cleaners and wool roving, amidst the chaos of raising four children and moving cross-country, Peill-Meininghaus felted her way through hundreds of charming, pointy-hatted, often bearded characters.

Lavishly decorated with photos of each charming creation, The Gnome Project is the surprising and magical story of what happens when we commit to something small. ( Hint: It's something very big, as in making life more meaningful.) Here is her inspirational tale, complete with gnome-making instructions.

May 2015
978-1-58157-286-5
5.4 x 7.3 | 240pp | Hardcover |
100 color photos
$17.95 (US)
$21.50 (CA)
About the Author
Jessica Peill-Meininghaus wet-felted her first piece—a ball—at the age of sixteen. After creating wet-felted gnomes and tapestries, she came across needle felting and was suddenly able to lend more detail to her work than ever before. Jessica has been selling her artwork for more than a decade. In addition to gnomes, she makes felted tapestries, felted books, felted coasters, and felted custom banners. Jessica and her husband live with their four children in Maine, having recently moved from Portland, Oregon. When she isn't felting, Jessica works with children with disabilities, homeschools her own children, and tends to the family's many animals. The Gnome Project is her first book.
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