Kristy Lynn Sturgill is a native of Woodford County, KY, having grown up and lived near Nicholasville all her life. She was inspired by her grandmother and aunt who taught her to knit and crochet at an early age and has always been interested in art. She states, “I was the kid who was always staying after school to finish up an art project!”
Kristy has also loved animals and when she saw needle felting for the first time in 2003, she tried it and fell in love with the process and result. Living on five acres with her husband and five sheep, Kristy has joined her two interests of art and animals together with needle felting. She started her business Kristy’s Kreations in 2005.
Kristy creates the designs for her pins and ornaments by cutting a form out of wood with a Roto-zip and dry felting the wool into the form. She uses only one needle to felt her works, which gives her pieces fine detail. She even finishes the hardware pin on the backs of her jewelry with felt. Kristy uses wool from her own sheep as well as from other sheep farms in Kentucky.
Kristy’s day job is at First Response, a training center for the American Heart Association, where she teaches CPR to the public. She believes in the need for art in the schools and, since teaching comes naturally to her, she often volunteers to demonstrate in schools and other institutions.
Works by Kristy Sturgill can be found at the The Museum of the American Saddlebred, at the Kentucky Horse Park; at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.