Meet Jenny from Flynn and Mabel
Jenny from Flynn and Mabel brings joy to thousands of people every day on Instagram with her incredible embroidery. Her flowers peaking out from a pocket can’t fail to bring a smile! She sells her stick-and-sew designs, embroidery kits and finished pieces on Folksy, so people can create their own or buy a piece of hers if their stitching skills aren’t quite there yet.
Here Jenny talks to fellow designer and Folksy seller Natalia McIntosh about her love of colour, why French knots are her favourite, and the beauty of bringing a simple black outline to life with thread.
Hi Jenny! Can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
I’m an embroidery artist from Northampton. I began creating embroidery designs in 2020 and since then it’s completely taken over any of my free time. I absolutely love stitching and the creativity it brings.
Where do you go for inspiration and what influences your work?
Inspiration for me is everywhere!
I stitch what I see and what I love. My daughters even throw ideas my way and I love to make them a reality. That’s why I use sooo much colour. We adore rainbows and I’ve stitched so many of them in the last few years. I also find so much inspiration on my walks, especially through wild flower gardens.
I like to take simple shapes and fill them with a variety of stitches. I love the randomness and freedom of filling a blank space with my favourite stitches.
I’ve always been a lover of texture. I studied surface design at university, and mixing media, threads and fabrics has always been a passion. I’m not afraid to use wools or other yarns to make something unique.
I’ve always been a lover of texture. I’m not afraid to use wools or other yarns to make something unique.Jenny, Flynn and Mabel
Which part of your creative business do you enjoy the most?
Creating new embroidery designs is great because then you need to pick the colours. Choosing a colour palette can be so therapeutic and brings a simple black outline to life.
What is your favourite technique and how did you learn it?
My favourite stitch is a French knot and I use them in all my work. They do take practice and I know they can be frustrating for many, but they can create so much texture, it just depends on how many times you wrap the thread around the needle.
What is your most loved tool?
Stick and Sew designs are my favourite thing to use. They work on all fabrics and make stitching garments really simple, especially if you’ve not tried it before. The paper acts like a stabiliser and soaks away when the stitching is complete.
Stick and Sew designs are my favourite thing to use. The paper acts like a stabiliser on any fabric and soaks away when the stitching is complete.Jenny, Flynn and Mabel
Do you have a favourite colour combination and is there a colour you never use in your work?
Rainbow is my favourite colour combination! And my most feared colour is black… although I do use it for my bees and it always looks fine. I should maybe try to use it more often.
You named your shop after two of your kitties. Are your cats good work companions?
They are my buddies, and I actually have four altogether. It can be tricky stitching when they decide the thread is theirs. I’ve had several battles with them over yarns that they’ve chewed or shredded on the floor.
You have a HUGE Instagram following. Can you talk a bit about that? I’d love to know how you built your audience, how you decide what kind of content to post and how integral Instagram is to your creative business?
My following is completely organic and it blows my mind that so many people enjoy what I post. I’m so, so grateful to have a lovely supportive community on all my social media platforms. Many followers have become friends and it’s wonderful to chat to them and have other creatives to boost you on your down days.
My posts are simply about things I have loved stitching. I’m so experimental and my stitching is quite often easy to replicate. I think (hope) that it just gives people a little bit of inspiration and some ideas about what they could create themselves.
Finally, if you were given a task of decorating one of Snoop Dogg’s jackets, would you enjoy a challenge and what would you embroider?
I always love a challenge! I’d be inclined to go down an animal route. I’ve seen a lot of animal print in his outfits so perhaps a leopard or tiger? Something big and bold on denim, so it really stood out.
Meet the interviewer
The maker asking the questions this time was Natalia McIntosh who makes bespoke, one-of-a-kind contemporary jewellery from her studio in Hertfordshire.
Shop Natalia McIntosh on Folksy – https://folksy.com/shops/NataliaMcIntosh
Read more about Natalia in her Meet the Maker interview – Meet the Maker – Natalia McIntosh