Hand knit and felted wool toys and more by Ginkgo Girls

New Jersey, United States · 567 Sales


Hand knit and felted wool toys and more by Ginkgo Girls

New Jersey, United States 567 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Last updated on Aug 8, 2016

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Tammy Riley

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Tammy Riley

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All colors in stock and ready to ship! I've been knitting up a storm to get ready for holiday shopping, but I doubt this batch will last that long.
I so love it when the very first crack at a new pattern is spot on! Meet Rexy :)
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Listening to what the materials want to be.

Ginkgo Girls was a term of endearment before it became my own little cottage industry. Just two art students who made the regrettable mistake of taking a short cut beneath the ginkgos while their fruit was dropping (smells really, really bad).

About five years ago, I rediscovered knitting, and quickly discovered felting. I became so obsessed with the process that pretty soon I had inventory! I set up a table at the local farmer's market where I shopped on Saturdays and realized that it might really be possible to do what I love.

I was so unprepared for that first sale that I had no business cards. Really. When I got home and set to making some, I knew only one name would do.

I feel very fortunate to be moving in the right direction and to continue to do the work that I love. Some of my very best days are when I decide to create something new. Looking around at all the possibilities, and deciding whether to knit or sew or recycle an old material into a new one. Most of the time, I don't have the finished object in mind when I begin. Usually, I just feel that I have to use some wonderful skein of yarn, or remake a much beloved t-shirt, or find a use for all those outgrown jeans. I find that if I handle it enough, it will usually give up its' secrets and tell me what it wants to be. Once in a while I fail, but the beauty of remaking is that a even a failure probably has another life coming. I stockpile those failures, and materials that I haven't figured out yet. Experience tells me that eventually I will.

The photos you see here on my About page are a gallery of sorts to show the work that I do not typically sell here on Etsy. I am a working Fiber Artist, and these are some of the more recent pieces that I have exhibited. I do love custom work, so if there is something special that I can create for you, please convo me about your idea. I hope you'll enjoy looking around the shop, and come back and visit soon to see what's new.

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  • Tammy Riley

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    I am a lifelong maker- from crafting my own toys as a child, to sewing my own clothes when I was a bit older. Now I am knitting sculptures and felting wool and loving fibers!

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Last updated on November 3, 2014

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment is expected at time of purchase. Paypal, credit cards, or Etsy gift cards preferred.
Shipping will be by priority mail unless otherwise specified.

International buyers need to be aware of their own country's particular import taxes, fees, etc. Buyers are responsible for any value-added fees that their country levies. Please remember that this shop does not profit from any fees levied by your home country. Also, my policy is to insure every package that I ship, therefore, if shipping to your home country cannot be insured, I will cancel the sale and issue you a full refund promptly.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be satisfied! Refunds will be issued for the item purchase price (not shipping cost) if items are returned in new condition within two weeks. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, and I will try to make it right.

Custom orders, in general, are not returnable or refundable because they are made specifically for you and materials have been purchased specifically for your project. If you have questions or concerns about a custom order, please convo me. I strive to be an active communicator on made-to-order items so that you will get exactly what you want. I am happy to send photos of works in progress and finished pieces before shipment.
Additional policies and FAQs
I adore custom orders! Please send me a convo if I can make something special for you.