Find Janet and Wendy at ST. ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH, 2585 County Road 29 North, Pakenham

Welcome to Starbright Curios, who are making their first appearance on the Maple Run Tour.  Janet and Wendy grew up in Almonte and still reside in the area, Janet in Calabogie and Wendy in Stittsville.  They are presenting their whimsical wet and needle felted work including their signature teacup pincushions, felted scenes in hoops/frames, ornaments, scarves, and 3D soft sculptures.

“We’re sisters, Wendy and Janet. We’re fortunate to share an interest in fibre art which allows us to spend time together creating and playing. We love the endless ways natural fibres can be transformed through felting and dying. Wool, alpaca, silk, and cotton are natural, sustainable, eco-friendly fibres that can be turned into wearable art and fun accessories, as well as practical things. We use wet felting, needle felting, embroidery, beading and other techniques in our work. Our imaginations do carry us away, so we’re always creating something new.

Our signature products are our beautiful needle felted teacup pincushions and sewing kits – we make a “sheep load” (get it?) of these.  Each pincushion is a one-of-a-kind treasure.  We search out unwanted but beautiful vintage tea cups and silver to repurpose them into fabulous functional art.  The pincushions and scenes are individually needle felted to fit each tea cup’s shape.  We fill the teacups with mini-sewing kits complete with needles, thread, buttons, etc.

Just in case you’re wondering why “Starbright” …  Our grandfather was an amateur boxer.  He used the name Walter Starbright so his mother wouldn’t discover his rather dangerous activity when reading the newspaper.  She never found out.”

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You can find their creations in their Etsy Shop, Ottawa Artisans, at The Village Market in Burnstown, and local craft fairs.