Jenny McWhinney is a needlework designer who specializes in thread painting techniques. Her work is often featured in Inspirations Magazine, which is where I became acquainted with her work.
Her needle painting (or thread painting) techniques showcase Beatrix-Potter-type illustrations: mostly animals, which are absolutely 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 (no longer available online), 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. It’s adorable!
As of 2016, it’s no longer in print, but you can find it through the following book affiliates, used:
Bunnies in My Garden, available used through Amazon.
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