New from HeartFelt Silks – Felting Tools, Silk Supplies, and More

It’s a beautiful spring day here at HeartFelt Silks, and with spring come new inspiration, new plans, new ideas. We have been busy creating new artwork, felting tools, and all kinds of fiber art supplies to use in our studio, and to share with HeartFelt Silks friends and fans around the world. We also have been hard at work on something exciting — new video felting tutorials! The first one, the project many of you have been asking for, is coming very soon! In the meantime, here are just some of items new to our Online Shop:

Hand Dyed Silk Hankies for Felting, Spinning, Knitting - from artist Robbin Firt

Hand Dyed Silk Hankies for Felting, Spinning, Knitting – from artist Robbin Firt

Hand Dyed Silk Hankies for Felting, Spinning, Knitting - from artist Robbin Firt

Hand Dyed Silk Hankies for Felting, Spinning, Knitting – from artist Robbin Firt

Eco-Printed and Eco-Dyed Silk Scarf by Artist Robbin FirthHand-Dyed Silk Hankies — Dyed in small batches, with acid dyes, by fiber artist Robbin Firth, in vibrant and unusual colors. This is 100% Silk Fiber known as Mawata. Silk hankies are silkworm cocoons that have been stretched over a frame into a square, ‘hankie’ shape. They are beautiful to work with, and can be felted, spun, or knitted or woven as they are.

Eco-Printed and Eco-Dyed Silk Scarf by Artist Robbin Firth

Eco-Printed and Eco-Dyed Silk Scarf (Detail) by Artist Robbin Firth

Eco-Printed and Eco-Dyed Silk Scarf (Detail) by Artist Robbin Firth

Eco-Printed and Eco-Dyed Silk Scarf (Detail) by Artist Robbin Firth


Eco-Printed and Eco-Dyed Silk Accessories and Garments
— the studio has been filled with the scent of eucalyptus and other earthy scents, as I eco-dyed and eco-printed a storm of scarves, tunics, shirts, ties. They sell quickly at our HeartFelt Silks studio at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, and usually we don’t have a chance to put them up online, but after a few requests from overseas clients, a small selection of Eco-Printed Scarves is now in our online shop.

 

DEEP Palm Washboard Felting Tools (patent-pending), designed & handcrafted by HeartFelt Silks

DEEP Palm Washboard Felting Tools (patent-pending), designed & handcrafted by HeartFelt Silks

Felting Wool Locks and Merino with DEEP Palm Washboard Felting tools (Patent-Pending) from HeartFelt Silks

Felting Wool Locks and Merino with DEEP Palm Washboard Felting tools (Patent-Pending) from HeartFelt Silks

Deep Palm Washboard Felting Tools — an important and very useful addition to the Palm Washboard family of felting tools, we began offering the Deep Palm Washboards to our customers a few months ago but have not had a chance to highlight them on the blog yet. The Deep Palm Washboard has deep grooves, and it is designed specifically for the purpose of combining wool locks with a merino base but can be used for your other feltmaking needs too.

With love from HeartFelt Silks -- Special Edition Heart Palm Washboard Felting Tools

With love from HeartFelt Silks — Special Edition Heart Palm Washboard Felting Tools

We offer a wide range of felting tools, for all your varied felting needs. The Round Palm Washboards are great for hats and vessels, the Edge Palm Washboards are especially useful for working ruffles and seams, the Mini Palm Washboard is great for small objects (and small/children’s hands). Throughout the year, we also release some special edition Palm Washboards, like these lovely heart-shaped Palm Washboards.

Original Scarf Felting Kits from HeartFelt Silks featuring hand-dyed fabric

Original Scarf Felting Kits from HeartFelt Silks featuring hand-dyed fabric

Original Scarf Felting Kits from HeartFelt Silks featuring hand-dyed fabric

Original Scarf Felting Kits from HeartFelt Silks featuring hand-dyed fabric

Scarf Felting Kits — each season brings a crop of new felting kits to the HeartFelt Silks Shop. Each of our kits is unique — I hand-dye the fabric (silk or cotton gauze) to include in the kit and then hand-select fine wool and embellishing fibers to add to the mix. If you follow my work and enjoy my color palettes, you will love the felting kits I put together. Don’t these colors just sing spring and summer?

Inlaid Wood Buttons handcrafted by Harry Firth and Al Firth for HeartFelt Silks

Inlaid Wood Buttons handcrafted by Harry Firth and Al Firth for HeartFelt Silks

Inlaid Wood Buttons handcrafted by Harry Firth and Al Firth for HeartFelt Silks

Inlaid Wood Buttons handcrafted by Harry Firth and Al Firth for HeartFelt Silks

Wood Buttons handcrafted by Harry Firth and Al Firth for HeartFelt Silks

Wood Buttons handcrafted by Harry Firth and Al Firth for HeartFelt Silks

Handcrafted Wood Buttons — the HeartFelt Silks wood-shop is as busy as our retail & teaching felt studio, with my husband Harry Firth, and father-in-law Al Firth, making limited edition creations out of sustainably harvested local woods. The latest series of beautiful wood buttons is perfect for your next felted, knitted, crocheted project, or for switching out the buttons on your favorite jacket or cardigan, for a fresh look.

Innovative sculpting tools for wet felting exclusively from HeartFeltSilks

Innovative sculpting tools for wet felting exclusively from HeartFeltSilks

Innovative sculpting tools for wet felting exclusively from HeartFeltSilks

Innovative sculpting tools for wet felting exclusively from HeartFeltSilks

NEW Sculpting Tools for Wet Felting — these are brand-new and each is one-of-a-kind. These innovative tools are great for working very fine detail and texture on your felted objects, including garments, accessories, and sculptural felted objects. Each of these sculpting tools is unique, some feature inlay elements, and these tools are currently available via special order only, so please get in touch via email if you would like to reserve one or more for yourself.

Much more is in the works, so stay tuned for our news in the weeks and months ahead! Follow HeartFelt Silks on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates, wet felting and fabric dyeing adventures, and felting tips and tricks. We’d love to hear what’s new with you — share your felting news with us in the comments below or tag us on FB and Instagram.

 

Our favorite model, our daughter Kirsten Firth, modeling a Robbin Firth one-of-a-kind merino wool & silk felted cape

Our favorite model, our daughter Kirsten Firth, modeling a Robbin Firth one-of-a-kind merino wool & silk felted cape

Felting Workshop Recap: Making Ruana Shawls in the HeartFelt Silks Studio

As many of you know, the HeartFelt Silks studio hosts a wide range of one-on-one and small group feltmaking and dyeing workshops throughout the year. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a recent Ruana Shawl wet felting workshop. Not only were gorgeous shawls made by all of the participants but a fabulous time was had by all!


To find out about upcoming workshops with Robbin Firth, visit our website, or get in touch with us directly to inquire about private and group classes. We also invite you to join our mailing list to receive updates about future events.

Ruana Shawl designed and made by Robbin Firth – Hand-dyed silk, wet felted.

 

Ruana Shawl designed and made by Robbin Firth – Hand-dyed silk, wet felted

 

My hand-dyed silk fabrics formed the base for the Ruana Shawls.The Ruana Shawl workshop is one of the longest classes I offer — the latest class took place over a 3-day weekend in February.  Several lovely ladies gathered in the cozy HeartFelt Silks studio, and we were off to step #1 — the layout.

Hand-dyed silk by artist Robbin Firth

Each of the students gets to select a color palette for their Ruana Shawl in consultation with me.

Ruana Shawl feltmaking workshop with artist Robbin Firth

Ruana Shawl Feltmaking Workshop with artist Robbin Firth

Now we are ready to create a unique design with more hand-dyed silks (from HeartFelt Silks) and other color-coordinated luxurious embellishing fibers. The layout for this large-scale garment is time-consuming and labor-intensive but the results will be very rewarding!

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

No two shawls will be alike — each student gets to put her own creative touches on their Ruana Shawl, as we talk about color, drape, and texture.

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

Once in a while, we stop to admire our progress, take a break, and catch a little afternoon sun.

We take our time and make our layout as intricate and beautiful as we like. Before long, we’ll roll up our sleeves and move on to felting these beauties!

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

When it’s time to add hot water and soap, our trusty Palm Washboard felting tools come out!

Wet Felting with Palm Washboard felting tools during a Ruana Shawl workshop

The Palm Washboards speed up the felting process and make it easier on our bodies.

Ruana Shawl Felting Workshop — using Palm Washboard Felting tools

Here we are, not far from the finish line, working on our edges, making sure things are even, uniform, and gorgeous.

Feltmaking Workshop – Ruana Shawl – in the HeartfeltSilks Studio

Ta-da! All four Ruana Shawls are finished, and it’s time for a modeling session! A great weekend was had by all, each of these ladies completed a stunning wool & silk garment, strengthening their feltmaking and design skills in the process! Thank you, Linda, Nancy, Silvana, and Susan, for joining me!

Finished Ruana Shawls in feltmaking workshop with instructor Robbin Firth

To find out about upcoming workshops in wet felting, nuno-felting, and textile dyeing, with Robbin Firth, visit our website, or get in touch with us directly to inquire about private and group classes. Palm Washboard felting tools (original, patent-pending designs handcrafted by Harry Firth for HeartFelt Silks) are available HERE.
 
Join the Robbin Firth / HeartFelt Silks MAILING LIST.
 
 

Photo Report from the HeartFelt Silks UK and Ireland Workshop Tour

As many of you know, HeartFelt Silks made a very special appearance in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Here are a few photos from the many feltmaking workshops Robbin taught, with assistance from the lovely Kirsten, while abroad. Lots of woolly entertainment was had by all, with busy classes in beautiful locations, and many happy students learning new felting skills. We shared many more details on our Facebook page, follow us there for more on these and future adventures. We are grateful to the International Feltmakers Association for hosting our UK workshops.

This fall, after a week of workshops in Florida, Robbin, Harry, and Kirsten are staying close to home, with a busy season of workshops at our home studio in Hudson, WI, guest-teaching at The Textile Center, and, of course, busy times of making and shipping our Palm Washboard feltmaking tools, and other felting supplies all over the world. We are now working on our 2016 schedule, so if you would like to have Robbin Firth teach in your part of the world or have a suggestion for where Robbin might like to teach, get in touch!

Now, on with the show! The HeartFelt Silks in the UK & Ireland photo show!

Gorgeous Felted Ruffle Wraps on a beautiful summer afternoon. Love the color palettes chosen by each workshop participant — so different and unique.

The hat feltmaking workshops were a crowd favorite! It was truly great to welcome felters of all ages and levels experience to the classes.

There were lots of technique demos, hands-on practice, and note taking. We worked with resists, perfected 3D shaping, and so much more.

 

Ruffle wraps taking shape on the felting tables. Each class is a rich experience in group, collaborative learning, with each student receiving individual attention and help from Robbin as well.

Busy hands, lots of colors, beautiful wool, hand-dyed silks — taking time with your project layout is a very important step in the process. Being patient at this stage in the felting process pays off later. The Palm Washboards are at the ready to take you through to the next step.

Here, a beautiful merino wool & silk hat is taking shape, literally, in Robbin’s hands.
It was great to have large, roomy spaces to work in. The best part was having so many friendly, fun, and creative students!

In Robbin’s workshop in Ireland, hosted by Anita Marnell, working on a seamless cowl design.

 

And, after all that hard work, comes the modeling! Love seeing results and love seeing happy students with their new felted garments and accessories.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for our Ireland workshop! Just beautiful!

 

Our Palm Washboards got a lot of use at the workshops! It is very rewarding to introduce new feltmakers to these marvelous felting tools we developed and continue to hand-make, one at a time, in our Minnesota woodworking studio.

While in the UK, we got to visit with Angela Barrow and her family (Simon and Charlotte) at Woolfest. The Barrows run Adelaide Walker storeour exclusive Palm Washboard distributor in the UK.

Woolfest was amazing! Wool and beautiful sheep everywhere, what could be better!

It was back to work as soon as we got back to the US — here is a new wool locks wrap in progress on the table, using gorgeous wool acquired at Woolfest!

Follow Robbin Firth and HeartFelt Silks on Facebook for daily updates from our studio, special announcements, and felting tips! See you soon!

GET YOUR LOCKS ON Felting Workshop with Robbin Firth

This autumn, we are pleased to present a special 3-day Workshop at the HeartFelt Silks Studio. Join Robbin for three days of feltmaking as your study and perfect the art of felting with wool locks. This class is limited to only 6 students, and each participant will receive individualized attention from Robbin, and enjoy learning in a small group setting.

“Get your Locks on” Workshop!
3 Full days of working with wool locks and the Palm Washboards
October 22-24, 2015
Location: 401 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016  at SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery
phone: 651-263-7275        email: robbin@heartfeltsilks.com        www.HeartFeltSilks.com
Daily Schedule: 10am-­5pm, with a lunch break.
Cost per person: $325.00 (if paying by check) or $332.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Prior felting experience is necessary for this workshop.
Note: All registrations are done via phone or email and must be prepaid.
Part I: Felted Wool Locks Shawl and Scarf Workshop (October 22nd & 23rd)
IMG_1123.JPGSurround yourself with sumptuous merino wool and Wensleydale or Teeswater sheep wool locks. In this workshop you will create a one-of-a-kind, luxuriously beautiful shawl that combines merino and cleaned wool locks, using the Palm Washboard felting technique. This technique is easy on the body and eliminates strenuous rolling from the felting process. You will learn to use resists and how to layer the locks for a free flowing and elegant look. The first day will consist of a detailed introduction to working with locks, as well as doing most of the shawl layout. On the second day, you will finish the layout and complete the felting stages using Palm Washboards (available from Robbin). At the end of the workshop, you will have a glamorous and unique shawl to take home and enjoy all fall and winter seasons.

 

Part II: Felted Raw Locks Scarf Workshop (October 24th)

 

 
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A superfine merino wool will start as your luxurious base fiber; then layer in raw Blue Faced Leicester, Wensledaye or Teeswater sheep locks onto the merino base. Just a small amount of rolling and use of the Deep Palm Washboard, and your wet felting adventure will produce a scarf with a soft texture, but a curly and chunky appearance. Please note: raw locks do have a slight odor.  

 

 

Detailed materials/supplies list will be distributed to all registered students.
    

Fall 2015 Felting Classes with Robbin Firth of HeartFelt Silks

It’s time for a new season of feltmaking workshops at the HeartFelt Silks studio! This fall, you will have an opportunity to make elegant felted hats and cowl scarves, experiment with the unique Upwolfing felting technique, and try your hand at making a felted boa with merino wool and beautiful wool locks. Ready to felt? Get the details below. Classes fill quickly, please remember to register early.

 All registrations are done via phone or email and must be prepaid.

Follow us on Facebook to see photos from previous classes!

Take a felting class with fiber artist Robbin Firth at HeartFelt Silks® Studio   Let your creativity flourish and create unique fashion accessories and home decor objects!
Location: 401 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016  at SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery

phone: 651-263-7275        email: robbin@heartfeltsilks.com        www.HeartFeltSilks.com 
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Felted Cowl
Create an original merino cowl with silk fiber embellishments as your design elements. Then we will use felting techniques with the unique Palm Washboard felting tool and very little rolling to create a lovely seamless cowl. Palm Washboards will be provided for your use. Please bring a few large towels. Some felting experience required.  

 

Material & Class Fee: $70.00
Tuesday, October 6th 1pm-5pm

 

intro to upwolfing.jpgIntro to UPWOLFING
Discover the creative and unusual UPWOLFING felting technique! Learn the basics of UPWOLFING invented in Europe by Irene Van Der Wolf. In this class we will experiment with a small UPWOLFING mat and Merino Wool Prefelt. You will create patterns and designs that you can later use in other felting projects. This class will go over advanced UPWOLFING techniques and products. Please bring a few large towels. No felting experience necessary.
Material & Class Fee: $55.00      
Sunday, November 8th 1pm-4:30pm  
                          
 
 
 
 
hat can.jpgFelted Hat with Silk Hankies Using Resists
Learn the technique of wet felting using wool roving, silk hankies & resists. We will be creating a one-of-a-kind hat. You will be able to recreate this project on your own again and again. Looking for a fun project to do with friends or family? This stylish and easy-to-make hat is made using the Palm Washboard felting technique and requires very minimal rolling. Palm Washboards will be available for use. Please bring a few large towels. Some felting experience required.
Material & Class Fee: $70.00                                   
Saturday, November 28th 1pm-5pm
boa textile.jpgFelted Boa
A superfine merino wool will start as your luxurious base fiber; then layer in a raw variety of sheep locks onto the merino wool base. There will be no rolling, only use of the new Deep Palm Washboard felting tool. This wet felting adventure will produce a scarf with a soft texture, but a curly and chunky appearance. Please note: raw locks do have a slight odor. Please bring a few large towels. The new Deep Palm Washboard will be available for use. Some felting experience required.
Material & Class Fee: $70.00                                 
Saturday, December 19th 1pm-5pm

Other felting classes can be arranged by appointment. Private and group instruction available. Contact Robbin at 651-263-7275 for details. If you cancel 2 or more weeks prior to class date, there will be a 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 2 weeks from class date, there will be a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel the day before or day of class, there will be no refunds. A full refund will be made if a class is canceled by the instructor.

All registrations are done via phone or email and must be prepaid.

                            651-263-7275        email: robbin@heartfeltsilks.com

Shop for unique felting tools, supplies, and kits: www.heartfeltsilks.com

HeartFelt Silks comes to the UK and Ireland Summer 2015!

Yes, it’s true, HeartFelt Silks will be hopping across the pond and visiting beautiful United Kingdom and Ireland this summer!

Robbin will be teaching several feltmaking workshops throughout the UK, and a one-day intensive in Ireland. Kirsten will be coming along to help and see the sights. Harry and all our furry studio assistants are staying home in Minnesota to mind the shop.

We are all very excited for this adventure, and to have the opportunity to meet fans in England, and to make new friends! There will be lots of felting, lots of laughing, and lots of ooh-ing and aah-ing over wool and silk! A visit to a big sheep & wool festival is on the itinerary (baaaah!).

Thanks to a very special invitation from Iris Brunton and the International Feltmakers Assocation, a month-long teaching tour around the UK has been planned, and registrations for workshops are in full swing. By popular demand, Robbin will be teaching beginner and advanced classes on several crowd-favorites, including the Felted Locks Shawl and the Ruana Shawl workshops.


 
Feltmaking in the UK and Ireland with 
Felt Artist Robbin Firth
Summer 2015
Please contact Iris Brunton directly to make all inquiries and to register for UK classes.
 
Please contact Anita Marnell directly to make all inquiries and to register for the Ireland class.
 
Felt Artist Robbin Firth — 2015 Workshops in the United Kingdom and Ireland


Schedule / Itinerary (subject to change)
 
United Kingdom
 
(Please contact Iris Brunton — irisbrunton@hotmail.com/tel 07717295792) for details of all UK workshops, class descriptions, and to book a class.)
 
June 6, 2015 : 1 day workshop in Kendal
June 10 – June 12, 2015: 3 day workshop in Knayton
June 15 – June 16, 2015 : 2 day workshop in Ipswich
June 18 – June 19, 2015: 2 day workshop at Skeeby Old Mill Centre (near Richmond)
June 21, 2015: 1 day workshop at Terrington
June 24, 2015: 1 day workshop in Knayton
July 1 – July 2, 2015: 2 day workshop in Hereford
Special appearances / visits

June 13, 2015: IFA Region10 Meeting
June 26 – June 27, 2015: Woolfest!
Ireland
July 5, 2015: 1 day workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland (Contact Anita Marnell for details and to book a class. Anita’s studio is at Ballybur, Cuffes Grange, L5134, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Tel. 0866004489)

Did you know that we have a United Kingdom distributor for select HeartFelt Silks products, including the PALM WASHBOARDS? Adelaide Walker store is our exclusive UK distributor. Its owner and our friend Angela Barrow will be joining us for a couple of workshops in the UK — we are very excited!

See you in England and Ireland in a few weeks, friends!

Early 2015 Happenings at HeartFelt Silks Studio

Can you believe that it’s already April? Early 2015 has been a very busy time at our HeartFelt Silks studio! There have been group felting classes and private lessons at our retail/teaching space in Hudson, WI, and workshops at The Textile Center. Lots of new projects on the work table, from new styles of felted garments, to experimenting with new techniques, to eco-dyeing. Many uniquely dyed scarves and felted accessories went home to collectors of Robbin Firth originals this season. Plus, lots of new Palm Washboard felting tools are being made by Harry in the woodshop, to be shipped all over the world.

And if that’s not busy enough, I have been incredibly busy with preparations for a month+ of traveling and teaching all around the United Kingdom, and Ireland too!  And, for those who have been waiting — announcement of upcoming workshops in Florida and Canada is coming soon!

If you are in the area, come see us at Shepherd’s Harvest Festival, May 15-17, 2015, in Lake Elmo, MN. We will be doing felting demos, and the entire lineup of Palm Washboards will be for sale at the festival.

Here’s what we have been up to recently. Follow us on Facebook for daily updates from the studio, as well as felting tips and techniques.

Some of the most popular classes lately are the Felted Raw Wool Locks Wrap workshops. What could be better than playing with gorgeous wool locks and watching them transform into dramatic and organic-looking showstopper wraps!

Felted Wool Locks Wrap Class with Artist Robbin Firth

 

Felted Wool Locks Wrap Class with Artist Robbin Firth
Felted Wool Locks Wrap Class with Artist Robbin Firth

Interested in a group or a private class with Robbin Firth at the HeartFelt Silks Studio? Get in touch!

When I am not teaching, you will find me in the studio, creating luxurious garments and accessories out of the finest silks and wools. I love combining silk I hand-dye myself with beautiful merino wool to make stunning fiber art pieces for beautiful women.

Select hand-dyed silks and felting kits are available from the HeartFelt Silks online shop.

Felted garments in the making in Robbin Firth’s HeartFelt Silks Studio

 

Wearable fiber art by Robbin Firth

 

Wearable fiber art by Robbin Firth

Here are just a few of the gorgeous women modeling their new HeartFelt Silks garments.

Happy customers wearing original fiber art garments by artist Robbin Firth

 

Happy customers wearing original fiber art garments by artist Robbin Firth

 

Happy customers wearing original fiber art garments by artist Robbin Firth

Interested in owning a HeartFelt Silks original? Please get in touch to inquire about current inventory or to order a custom piece.

This season, I am offering classes on the UPWOLFING felting technique for the first time. If you haven’t experimented with this technique yet, you are in for a real treat. Just look at all the fun possibilities, from adding extraordinary detail to handbags, vessels, or other felt objects, to creating felted jewelry, UPWOLFING takes your felting pursuits to a new level. HeartFelt Silks is proud to be a US distributor of select UPWOLFING products, and you can find them in our online shops.

Fun with UPWOLFING felting materials – in the HeartFelt Silks Studio

 

Fun with UPWOLFING felting materials – in the HeartFelt Silks Studio

 

Using Palm Washboard felting tools to create vessels that incorporate UPWOLFING elements

 

Felted rings made with UPWOLFING supplies by Robbin Firth

Every day, there is something new happening at the HeartFelt Silks Studio. My eco-dyed scarves have been in high demand this season, and the studio has been frequently infused with the beautiful scent of eucalyptus (used in my eco-dyeing!) Unwrapping the bundles to reveal the beauty within is always magical!

Eco-dyeing with Felt Artist Robbin Firth

 

Original Eco-dyed designs on Silk by Fiber Artist Robbin Firth

I also hosted a pop-up eco-dyeing class that was a great success with my fantastic students.

Eco-dyeing class in progress at HeartFelt Silks Studio

In the meantime, Harry has been busy making not only Palm Washboards but also custom hat blocks. The hat blocks Harry creates are always made-to-order. Each one is lovingly and carefully handcrafted out of a combination of beautiful woods. Not only are the hat blocks of great use to beginner and advanced millinery artists and feltmakers, but on their own they are sculptural art objects.

Wood Artisan Harry Firth in his woodshop

Let us know if you are interested in custom-ordering a handcrafted wood hat block by Harry Firth.

Handcrafted bespoke hat blocks by wood artisan Harry Firth
And no day is complete in the HeartFelt Silks adventure without a visit and some help from one of our many beloved animals! Here’s Mr. Moose doing quality control while I work.
Mr. Moose helping in the felting studio

 

Winter and Spring 2015 Felting Classes with HeartFelt Silks

It’s a new year and a new season of felting classes at the HeartFelt Silks Studio at SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery! Find the list of Winter and Spring 2015 classes below. Other felting classes (including private and group instruction) can be arranged by appointment.
All registrations are done via phone or email and must be prepaid. 
Follow us on Facebook to see photos from previous classes!

Take a felting class with fiber artist Robbin Firth at HeartFelt Silks® Studio  
Let your creativity flourish and create unique fashion accessories and home decor objects! 
Location: 401 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016  at SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery
  phone: 651-263-7275        email: robbin@heartfeltsilks.com        www.HeartFeltSilks.com 

 

Felted Vessels with Resist

Create a one-of-a-kind vessel with 3D effects and learn the technique of wet felting using wool roving, UPWOLFING cutouts. These unique vessels make bold decorative and functional objects of home decor.  Robbin will teach you a faster way to felt using the Palm Washboards and the new Wedge Palm Washboards felting tools. Felting experience required. 2 day workshop.

Material & class fee: 
$160.00                     
Saturday & Sunday, January 17th-18th 12pm-5:30pm

Felted Cross Hatch Scarf

Create your own lattice-style scarf or wrap. This technique makes a beautiful scarf that looks complicated, but is easy to learn. Use merino wool roving of various colors, silk embellishing threads, and your own scrap yarn bits to create the design, and then wet felt with Robbin’s Palm Washboard felting tool, and her innovative non-rolling technique. Felting experience required.

Material & class fee: 
$65.00       

Saturday, February 7th 1pm-4pm  

Felted Raw Locks Scarf

A superfine merino wool will start as your luxurious base fiber; then, layer in raw Blue Faced Leicester sheep locks onto the merino base. Just a small amount of rolling and use of a custom designed felting tool, and your wet felting adventure will produce a scarf with a soft texture, but a curly and chunky appearance. Please note: raw locks do have a slight odor. Felting experience required.

Material & class fee: 

$70.00
                                                         
 Saturday, February 28th 1pm-4:30pm

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Intro to UPWOLFING

Discover the creative and unusual UPWOLFING felting technique! Learn the basics of UPWOLFING invented in Eruope by Irene Van Der Wolf. In this class we will experiment with a small UPWOLFING mat and Merino Wool Prefelt. You will create patterns and designs that you can later use in other felting projects. This class will go over advanced UPWOLFING techniques and products.

Material & class fee: 
$65.00 

Friday, April 10th 6pm-9pm

Saturday, April 18th 1pm-4pm

Felted Flowers and Vines
Create beautiful and delicate flowers with stems to make belts and necklaces. This class will take you through the basics of making the flowers with the Palm Washboard felting tools. Robbin will show you an easy technique to create the stems and then a way to connect them to the flowers for fashionable accessories. Felting experience is required.

Material and class fee: 
$65.00

Saturday, May 2nd 1pm-4:30pm

Friday, May 29th 5:30pm-9pm

Please bring a couple of towels to the class/es you attend.


All registrations are done via phone or email and must be prepaid. Other felting classes can be arranged by appointment. Private and group instruction available. Contact Robbin at 651-263-7275 for details. If you cancel 2 or more weeks prior to class date, there will be a 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 2 weeks from class date, there will be a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel the day before or day of class, there will be no refunds. A full refund will be made if a class is canceled by the instructor.

All registrations are done via phone or email and must be prepaid.

                            651-263-7275        email: robbin@heartfeltsilks.com

Shop for unique felting tools, supplies, and kits: www.heartfeltsilks.com

Robbin Firth is a Guest on Fiber Art Now magazine’s FAN Fare Online Show – September 14, 2014

Robbin Firth of HeartFelt Silks will be a guest on the premier episode of Fiber Art Now magazine’s FAN Fare online video show — Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:00PM EST. Tune in to chat with us!

About the FAN Fare show: FAN Fare is a free, online, interactive, web show devoted to inspiring and connecting the fiber arts community. Every month, FAN Fare will give viewers the opportunity to actively participate in the program and ask questions while watching the live show.  Hosted by Cami Smith.

About the GUEST: Robbin Firth, felt artist & teacher at HeartFelt Silks studio in Hudson, WI, and host of Fabulous Fibre Feltmaking Workshops 2014, has been working in the fiber arts for over 20 years. Robbin’s artwork can be seen at fine boutiques in the region. She also teaches at The Textile Center (a nationally recognized organization for fiber & textile arts), Phipps Center for the Arts, and offers private lessons.

Felt Artist Robbin Firth

Robbin and her husband Harry Firth are inventors and makers of the handcrafted Palm Washboard line of felting tools. The Palm Washboard eliminates the need for rolling, which lets you explore new design ideas and removes tedious labor from the process of wet felting.

Tune in for the live show to ask Robbin any questions, from technique and creativity to teaching, selling your work, and running a fiber business!

Take felting workshops with Robbin and talented guest felt artists from around the United States, in October 2014 at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson, WI. Here are our Top 10 Reasons to come to Hudson, WI for Fabulous Fibre Month!

Contact Robbin at robbin@heartfeltsilks.com with inquiries.

Top 10 Reasons to Come to Hudson, WI for FABULOUS FIBRE MONTH October 2014

Fabulous Fibre Month is weeks away, and here are our Top 10 Reasons to come to Hudson, WI for Felting Workshops in October 2014!

Some classes are almost full, and registration for all classes is closing on September 15, 2014. If you haven’t registered yet, please email Robbin@HeartFeltSilks.com today. Go HERE for the full felting workshops schedule and complete details on each class and instructor.

See you in October!

Fabulous Fibre Month October 2014 is hosted by HeartFelt Silks and Seasons on St. Croix Gallery. Additional sponsor: Textile Center of Minnesota.

Top 10 Reasons to Come to Hudson, WI for Fabulous Fibre Month October 2014

1. Hudson, WI is located on the beautiful St. Croix River, designated a National Scenic Riverway.

2. October is peak foliage season in Hudson — the area will look breathtakingly beautiful. 

3. Learn the Art of Felting from artist instructors with a regional and national reputation in fiber arts.
 
4. All Felting workshops are held at the award-winning Seasons on St. Croix Gallery of art and fine craft.

 
5. Delicious meals at area restaurants – Barkers, Knoke’s Chocolates, San Pedro’s, Smilin’ Moose, Pier 500, Mama Maria’s. 

6. Many cultural & historic attractions, including Octagon House Museum, The Phipps Center for the Arts.

7. Fiber arts classes for every level, from beginner to advanced. Make one-of-a-kind fashion accessories to wear — felted hats, shawls, bags. Home decor too! Learn the fascinating art of felting in a friendly, relaxed, and inspiring atmosphere.

8. Ride kayaks, canoes, or a take a narrated scenic boat tour down St. Croix River. 

9. Learn the trendy eco-printing technique or learn how to “paint” a landscape in felt.
 
10. Meet the HeartFelt Silks family – fiber artist Robbin, woodturner Harry, their daughter/model Kirsten, plus pets and Internet celebrities, Mick and Wally.

 

 

October 4-5, 2014 — Eco-Printed Fantastic Felt Hats Workshop with Dawn Edwards (all levels)
October 10, 2014 — Felt Birdhouse Workshop with Becky Utecht (all levels)
October 11, 2014 — Raw Felted Locks Throw Pillow Workshop with Becky Utecht (all levels)
October 14-15, 2014 — Felted Wool Locks Shawl Workshop with Robbin Firth (some felting experience necessary)
October 17-19, 2014 — Seamless Nuno Felted Vest Workshop with Beth Marx  (some felting experience necessary)
October 24-25, 2014 — Felted Landscape Workshop with Jan Waller (all levels)
October 27-28, 2014 — Bag on a Ball Workshop with Ruth Walker (all levels)

October 29, 2014 — Hat on a Ball Workshop with Ruth Walker (all levels