About star magnolias
When my daughter was around one, a long time friend of mine was expecting her first child, and when I asked her if she'd like me to make something for her nursery (she and I were both artsy craftsy people and, as such, she'd made me things over the years), she said she'd like a baby mobile. I spent some time researching baby mobiles to figure out what would be the best way to go about it. I know the basics of sewing, but not enough to make plushies. I know basic crocheting, but not enough to make amigurumi. Then I came across needle felting.
Let's back up a bit...
I'd done some needle felting a few years before that with a kit I'd picked up at Michael's... well, kind of. It was a decorate-your-own-felt-purse kit that was in the clearance section, came with a black felt back and the tiniest amount of fluff. Not even a tenth of an ounce like you generally find it most kits today. The bag itself wasn't anything I'd use, more like something a young child would like. However, the needle and fuzz provided had so much potential. I made some artist trading cards (a hobby I was into at the time), but when I went looking for more wool, I couldn't find it anywhere. Brick & mortar certainly didn't carry any near me. If there were online shops, they didn't come up in my search results at the time. I even stopped at the local mom & pop fabric and yarn shops to see if maybe they carried something, but no. So, disappointed, I set it aside for a while and almost forgot about it.
In the time between my initial foray into needle felting, and when I was working on the baby mobile, a few online shops with wool had managed to pop up. I thought this would be perfect for what I was trying to do, bought a starter supply kit as well as a few ounces in the colors I knew I'd need, and went to work. The baby mobile was a success (I did learn a few things on the way, which I share here and there in my blog), and I was hooked. Moreover, my daughter, who was a little over one at the time, seemed particularly interested in the ornaments I was making for the mobile. So I kept buying wool and made a few things for her as well. A year after that, another friend of mine convinced me that I should try selling what I make. Since my daughter was the muse that kept me felting, I decided to use the name Star Magnolias, after the tree we planted for her in our yard around the same time that I picked up needle felting. About a year after that, yet another friend suggested I should try teaching, so I taught a few local classes and started making kits online. Moral of the story: listen to your friends - you'll never know where you might end up. Listening to mine helped me end up here, and I hope to pay it forward by helping you get started.
About Magi Kern
Magi is an artist living in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and a Boston Terrier. She is still trying to figure out how to balance her time between homeschooling, housekeeping, and art, something she likely won't figure out until her kids have moved out and her house burns down, whichever comes first. At least she thinks she's finally made up her mind on what she wants to do when she grows up, after having gone to school for architecture, then communications, then working as an in-house graphic designer for 5 years (if you're curious about that her Bēhance profile is linked at the top) before choosing to stay home and work on what she'd always wanted to do - her art.