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.

Spring happenings, adventures, and fiber fun from HeartFelt Silks

We have had a busy few weeks at the HeartFelt Silks Studio! From felting classes, to felting kit prep, to creating new garment and wall art designs, to participating in two major fiber festivals, here are some highlights from spring 2014 with HeartFelt Silks, Robbin and Harry Firth.

In April, we took a long road trip to South Dakota for the Black Hills Fiber Arts Fair, where Robbin was an invited teacher, and Harry manned the HeartFelt Silks marketplace booth and entertained fair fiber fans with Palm Washboard demonstrations. The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD, was a great venue for this exciting weekend of workshops, connections, and lots of beautiful fiber. Many Palm Washboard felting tools went home to happy owners. And Robbin didn’t come back empty-handed either — she brought home an arm-load of bison fiber from Chinook Winds Bison Yarn and Fiber and Icelandic sheep fiber from The Creeks Edge. Below are just a few photos from Robbin’s felting classes and demos at Black Hills Fiber Arts Fair 2014.

Robbin Firth’s felting classes at Black Hills Fiber Arts Fair 2014

 

Robbin Firth demonstrating felting with Palm Washboard felting tools at Black Hills Fiber Arts Fair 2014

Earlier in April, The Textile Center again invited Robbin to demonstrate her felting techniques at the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, MN. While at the show, Robbin stopped by for a visit and a photo op with feltmaker Barbara Poole.

Felt Artists Robbin Firth and Barbara Poole in Barbara’s booth at ACC St. Paul show 2014

In early May, we were on the road once again, for a very short trip to the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival in nearby Lake Elmo, MN. There were demos, chats, and lots of giggles with Robbin, Harry, the entire line of HeartFelt Silks felting tools, supplies, good times, and, of course, Robbin’s newest Wool Lock Shawls, which were a big hit with the visitors.

Robbin Firth demonstrating felting with Palm Washboards at Shepherd’s Harvest 2014

 

Happy visitors to the HeartFelt Silks booth modeling Robbin Firth’s wool lock shawls

Between travels, Robbin has been busy in the studio making lightweight summer scarves for her retail space at the SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery.

Lightweight summer scarves by felt artist Robbin Firth
Lightweight summer scarves by felt artist Robbin Firth

One of Robbin’s side (or pet) projects this spring included this plaid-patterned pet bed made out of different color fleeces Robbin has collected over a period of 20+ years. Not surprisingly, the bed was too small for Mick (just about everything is a little too small for Mick!), but it was the perfect size for sweet Tinker.

 

 

Join us again soon for more felting adventures with HeartFelt Silks!

Harry Firth, Robbin’s husband and Palm Washboard maker-extraordinaire, in his woodshop

 

A warm spring welcome to our new blog!

A warm welcome from Robbin and Harry Firth to HeartFelt Silks‘ new blog! Here, we will bring you news from our fiber arts & woodworking studio and share exciting wet felting and nuno felting projects. We will let you know about events we participate in, including Robbin’s fun and beginner-friendly felting classes. We will offer felting tips and discoveries, and share felt works made by other artists. We are going to have such a great time, and we hope you will join us on this journey! Please add our blog to your browser’s bookmarks or your favorite blog feed reader. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The full line of Palm Washboard felting tools, exclusively from HeartFelt Silks.

We also want to share some VERY EXCITING NEWS!  After years of working on HeartFelt Silks from our home studio in Stillwater, Minnesota, we are opening a small RETAIL and TEACHING STUDIO of our own in beautiful Hudson, Wisconsin! Located on the main floor of the magnificent and award-winning Seasons at St. Croix Gallery, the new HeartFelt Silks studio will be open to the public, and will carry a full selection of our hand-crafted tools and supplies for feltmakers and fiber artists. When you visit our studio, you will find  our line of Palm Washboard wet felting tools (hand-made one at a time by Harry, as always), along with Robbin’s hand-dyed silks, and a full line of luxury wool supplies. We will also carry our hand-crafted wood accessories, including shawl pins, buttons, and more. AND, we will offer in-studio FELTING CLASSES for groups and individuals on a variety of topics. We are so excited to open the doors to our own studio and bring the beauty and the magic of felting to you! Please stay tuned for news of our grand opening, tentatively scheduled for June 2013!

Of course, our website and online shop will remain open for all of our national and international fans and customers!

And here is what’s new from HeartFelt Silks this month:

The EDGE Palm Washboard from HeartFelt Silks.

 

We introduced our newest felting tool, the EDGE Palm Washboard, designed specifically for areas that need fine and detailed felting manipulation, as well as for working on ruffles and seams.  Note: the first batch sold out almost overnight, and more EDGE Palm Washboard are being made. Contact us to reserve yours.

Hand-dyed Fabrics and Scarf Kits from HeartFelt Silks.

We made many new hand-dyed silks and gauze fabrics — they are available individually, as fabric, and also as part of our unique Scarf Felting Kits.

We are also delighted to make our very special, one-of-a-kind Inlaid Wood Shawl Pins available for sale online for the first time. Visit our shop to see more.
Don’t forget to bookmark our new blog — we will be back soon with more posts and news!