Her needle painting (or thread painting) techniques showcase Beatrix-Potter-type illustrations: mostly animals, which, by some, may be considered “juvenile” in their portrayals. If I were to think of a word that summarizes her work, I’d call it “charming.”
Her designs are perfect for anything related to children – blankets, quilts, wall-hangings, pillows – all those things you might use to deck out a child’s room, or that would make a perfect gift.
This isn’t to say that they are all “children’s” designs. Her camels, for example, are featured on children’s blankets, but who says they wouldn’t look great on any wall in any home? They are intricate and really beautiful.
And, at the same time, they seem to have a sense of humor! When I look at Jenny’s work, I can’t help smiling!
Her “Monet the Mouse” books (little embroidered books that are truly gems!) are featured in a few different issues of Inspirations. In a little behind the scenes article, Jenny explains where she gets her inspiration for these projects and more. It’s worth reading – it’s nice to get a sense of the personality behind the designer.
Jenny’s also got a book out, called “Thread Painting: Bunnies in my Garden.” If you’re in the US, you can find it on Amazon and save on shipping!
Now, why the renewed attraction to Jenny McWhinney’s designs right now? I’m perusing all kinds of possibilities for a guild project, and I think her work would be great to incorporate into a quilt for raffling! The possibility of incorporating one or two of her Monet books into a couple quilts is not original! I think it’s a great idea. But we’ll see…!