My name’s Jennie and I’m the founder, creator and maker at Fern & Thistle. I’ve spent the last few years building up our small, but thriving, business and I’m thrilled to be able to share with you my designs and creations. The path to get here hasn’t always been straight forward! I’ve always been creative. And I’ve always wanted the freedom to be able to design and make my own products.
I didn’t always know how I would get there.
Ten years ago my husband and I bought our first home. A real renovation project! But this kick started a fire in me to do something different… and to do something I loved. As we began renovating, I realised my vision wasn’t the same as others. When my builders fitted standard windowsills, I hated them! When my joiner created me the same shelves I’d seen in every house, I cried!
A few years later I had the opportunity to replace my windowsills with re-claimed scaffolding wood sourced from local builders. I loved the texture and the feel of the wood, manipulating it into different shapes and adding lasered designs. Where others may see old and tired, I can see the beauty. And with this came my inspiration, from which I have shaped my business. Fern & Thistle was born!
Every one of our creations is hand-made, using laser design before being sanded and waxed. All of our wood is sourced locally – supporting other local businesses is really important to us. Where others may throw things away, I can see the potential. By using reclaimed wood in my work, I can play my small part in making the world more sustainable. And by choosing our creations for your home, you’re part of this too.
“The path to get here hasn’t always been straight forward!”
I’m always exploring new designs and different product ranges, and I love having the opportunity to do something I love every day. And having my family on the journey with me makes every day so much better. I love that my two boys can watch me do what I am passionate about, and I love that my husband is able to do his bit too. My family is part of what I do, and why I do it.
A big thank you from us here at “Fern & Thistle” for taking the time to read our story and explore our online shop! We hope our unique range brightens up your day, as much as it does ours.
Where to find me
28 Stockport Road, Romiley Village, SK6 4BN.
104 Lower Mall, Intu, Derby, DE1 2PG.
Curators Makers Pop-up in John Lewis.
The Trafford Centre, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester, M17 8AA.
Red House Farm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 5RJ.