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

 

Fabulous Fibre month at HeartFelt Silks and Seasons

Fabulous Fibre Month at HeartFelt Silks and Seasons

Robbin Firth of HeartFelt Silks is excited to announce the FABULOUS FIBRE MONTH for October 2014, hosted by the HeartFelt Silks studio and Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson, WI!  We will present EIGHT (8) FELTMAKING WORKSHOPS throughout the month, taught by Robbin and guest fiber artists/instructors from the region and from around the country. Please see below for schedule and complete details on each workshop, and contact Robbin Firth directly via email with all inquiries regarding the workshops: Robbin@HeartFeltSilks.com.

If you live in the region or if you have been thinking about visiting the scenic St. Croix River Valley, this is a wonderful opportunity to plan a trip. You will expand your felting knowledge and technique, learn new feltmaking skills, interact with engaging teachers and meet new felt art friends, all while enjoying the beautiful gallery setting in the riverside town of Hudson, WI.

Seasons on St. Croix Gallery – location for Fabulous Fibre Workshops

To kick off Fabulous Fibre Month, the SEASONS gallery will host a month-long fibre show. The show will include a beautiful variety of wearable fibre art and decorative fibre art by local, regional and national artists (stay tuned for more details on this!). The Fabulous Fibre Month opening and reception will take place during SEASONS’ “First Fridays” on October 3, 2014, 5pm – 9pm.  You won’t want to miss it!

LOCATION for all FELTMAKING WORKSHOPS is:

401 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016
 
FABULOUS FIBRE Month
Feltmaking Workshops 
at HeartFelt Silks and Seasons on St. Croix Gallery
Meet our Instructors:

 

Robbin Firth

Robbin Firth (felt artist & teacher at HeartFelt Silks studio in Hudson, WI, and host of Fabulous Fibre Feltmaking Workshops 2014). Robbin has been working in the fiber arts for over 20 years. She enjoys all areas of fiber art creation: working with raw fibers, carding and blending, dyeing, spinning, and knitting. She also wet felts and needle felts to create extraordinary pieces of wearable art and fiber art for the home. Robbin’s artwork can be seen at fine boutiques in the region. Robbin’s HeartFelt Silks teaching and retail studio is located in beautiful Hudson, WI at the magnificent and award-winning Seasons on the St. Croix Gallery. She also teaches at The Textile Center (a nationally recognized organization for fiber & textile arts), Phipps Center for the Arts, and offers private lessons. 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. Robbin lives in Stillwater, MN, with her husband Harry, daughter Kirsten, and many family pets.

Dawn Edwards

Dawn Edwards (felt artist & teacher at Felt So Right in Plainwell, MI). Dawn is a felt/fiber artist specializing in fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She sells her work under the name of Felt So Right through specialty retail, boutique and gallery shops throughout the U.S. Dawn states, “I believe that we are all artists….That it is the soul’s deep need to create. I love and appreciate so many of the arts, but I have found my passion through feltmaking. I have studied, and worked with numerous renowned felt artists and treasured friends from around the world. Feltmaking has truly opened windows to the world for me and I am grateful for this most wonderful opportunity.” Dawn has taught extensively within the U.S. and also internationally. Her felt works have appeared in exhibitions, art shows, magazines and books. Dawn recently won the Mad Hatter’s Society 3rd Annual Hatmaking Competition (2014) judged by Couture Milliner, Arturo Rios. Dawn and Nicola Brown of Ireland are the coordinators of ‘Felt United’, an international annual event celebrated on the first Saturday of October with the goal of connecting feltmakers around the globe.

Beth Marx

Beth Marx (felt artist & teacher at Studio 907 in Long Beach, CA). Studio 907, affectionately dubbed for its uptown address, is the colorful and cozy 1920’s California bungalow where Beth Marx lives, designs and creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories and wearable art. Beth finds balance working with hard metal and soft felt often creating a single piece using both medium like the etched metal closures on her nuno felted purses or the felted beads adorning her hand forged wire necklaces. Her process is organic and intuitive, allowing her creations to evolve like a collage. She repurposes cast-off items, integrating found and worn treasures into her work. Whether she is manipulating metal with hammer, anvil and fire to create a unique piece of Boho jewelry, or teasing wool fibers and fabric with water to create a piece of nuno felt, Beth’s style always exudes an earthy patina rich with tactile, textured layers.

Becky Utecht

Becky Utecht (feltmaker & teacher at River Oaks Farm & Studio in Mora, MN). Becky raises Bluefaced Leicester sheep and makes art in rural Mora, MN. After years of painting in oil, watercolor, and pastel, Becky discovered felting in 2006 and was immediately excited by its efficiency and potential as an art medium. Becky learned that the wool can be used like paint (oil and pastel) as well as like clay to create 2- and 3-D art. For Becky, felting is a fascinating process which combines her love of animals and nature with her passion for art. Using the wool from her own flock of sheep, Becky creates 2D and 3D felt art work. Her recent work includes a series of assemblage pieces utilizing found objects from her pasture walks and paper-transfer resist-dyed pieces of handmade felt. She also felts raw fleeces into rugs and lap blankets that look amazingly like tanned sheepskins – but are much kinder to the sheep! Becky finds satisfaction in using a renewable, sustainable, and ecologically friendly resource to create her art. Becky has studied felting with renowned felt makers from the US, Japan, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Canada. Her felt art work has been part of numerous shows, wool festivals, and has won fine art awards at the regional and state levels. It also was selected for inclusion in the recent book “500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material”.  Becky is an experienced teacher who enjoys sharing the fun and magic of felting.

 

Ruth Walker

Ruth Walker (feltmaker and teacher in Columbia, MO). In 1982 Ruth became entranced by the beauty of wool yarns in Navajo textiles from the 1800’s. She began working with wool in Canberra, Australia in the mid-1980s, and she was introduced to Beth Beede’s “hat on a ball” technique in 1992. She left her employment in medical school research labs at the University of Missouri in 2000 to work in her studio full time, and went on to sell her work through shops in the U.S., and later began directly selling to the public at major retail shows including the Philadelphia Museum of Art show, American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, St. Paul, and San Francisco, and wool market shows in Taos, NM and Estes Park, CO, among others. She has won many awards for her work, and has taught for the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association conference, Napa Valley Weavers Guild, Midwest Felting Symposium, Fine Arts Dept at Southern Illinois U-Edwardsville, Bristol Gallery and Estes Park Wool Market in CO, Eureka Springs Art Guild in AR, and in her present home state of Missouri for the Craft Alliance in St. Louis and the Fine Arts Department at the U of MO-Columbia. She presently dyes, felts, teaches and launches off to shows from her home in Columbia, MO, where she is also one of five owners of Bluestem Missouri Crafts, a fine craft store established 1983. Ruth’s favorite activity is buying fleeces.

Jan Waller

Jan Waller (feltmaker & teacher at Love.Make.Think. in Michigan.) Once upon a time I thought I would be a painter, so I went to art college and discovered I was more of a sculptor. I left art college and did all sorts of jobs — I was an artist model, I worked in a foundry, I was an assistant to a fire eater, I worked in retail, as well as for the British government, and I did a lot of work with kids, and that led to teacher training. During the next 10 years, I worked as a teacher and raised a family. It was my husband who booked me a one-day felting class with Gillian Harris of GillianGladRag fame, and that is how I fell in love with this wonderful ancient craft. Since then I have lived in Australia, before moving to Michigan. These days I make felted wall hangings that I can sew into and add lots of embellishment. I really like making images of women and girls, and I love adding nature. I always wanted to be a painter and I think you could say I now paint in felt. I like to exhibit whenever I can and I sell my work through local galleries and art shows. My work has received recognition and prizes from the Plymouth Community Arts Council (2012, 2014), and Northville Art House (2012).

SCHEDULE

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)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Space at each workshop is limited, and reservations will be taken in the order registrations and payment are received. Payment in full is required to secure your spot. Lodging and meals are NOT included. Please note that we will be unable to offer refunds unless your spot can be filled by another student. Contact Robbin Firth at robbin@heartfeltsilks.com to obtain registration forms.WORKSHOPS LOCATION: 401 Second St, Hudson, WI 54016 (Seasons on St. Croix Gallery).

HELPFUL TRAVEL LINKS: Closest airport is Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Area lodging is available at Comfort Suites (mention “Fabulous Fibre Month to receive a room rate of $90/night). Other lodging options are Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Super 8. Visit the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce website to see a list of area attractions, and visit their office at 502 Second St to receive a special gift bag (mention that you are in town for Fabulous Fibre Month).

Eco-Printed Fantastic Felt Hats Workshop with Dawn Edwards

Eco-printed felt hat by Dawn Edwards

October 4-5, 2014 (2-day workshop)
Daily schedule: 9am-5pm, with a lunch break.
Cost per person: $250.00 (if paying by check) or $258.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 10 students

Eco-printed felt hats by Dawn Edwards

About this Workshop: Combine felt, fashion, and nature in this hat-making class. On Day 1, we will create sculptural felt hats using a plastic resist and the wet-felting method. This is a great introduction to 3-D felting. The shape of this hat will allow ample room for your botanical printing to show, plus it’s just a fun hat to wear. Scrunch it up or pull it down to cover your ears on those cold Minnesota winter mornings. We will finish the felting of our hats by the end of Day 1. The fun continues on Day 2 as we begin to bundle and eco-print our felted hats. Eco-printing or botanical printing refers to leaves and plant matter that print when bundled (wrapped around a twig) and simmered for a period of time. Eco-printing differs from ‘natural dyeing’ in that while both use natural plant materials, natural dyeing more commonly results in a fabric being dyed in one particular color. With eco-printing, you will actually see the wonderful leaf prints on your piece, and some, such as Eucalyptus leaves, actually print in bright color.  After bundling and simmering our hats in the dye-pot, we will make felt flowers for embellishing your hats. What a treat opening the bundles will be. The rest of the afternoon will be spent blocking and shaping our hats.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

Felt Birdhouse Workshop with Becky Utecht

 

Felt Birdhouse by Becky Utecht (note: needle-felted birds are the subject of another class)

October 10, 2014 (1-day workshop)

Daily schedule: 10am-5pm, with a lunch break
Cost per person: $110.00 (if paying by check) or $113.50 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 12 students

About this Workshop: Make an environmentally friendly home for the feathered friends in your yard. Using wool and wet felting resist techniques, we will make an adorable little house that the wrens will snap up right away. We will embellish the birdhouses and attach a hanger. These functional birdhouses will last for many summers and are wonderful indoor decorations during the winter. Dress comfortably and be prepared to get a little wet and have fun!

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Recent Birdhouse Workshop with Becky, her students, and their finished birdhouses.

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

Raw Felted Locks Throw Pillow Workshop with Becky Utecht

October 11, 2014 (1-day workshop)
Daily schedule: 10am-5pm, with a lunch break
Cost per person: $110.00 (if paying by check) or $113.50 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 12 students

About this Workshop: Create a felted “sheepskin” throw pillow out of raw locks from your favorite sheep breed. This is an environmentally friendly and sheep-friendly way to create a faux sheepskin pillow. Depending upon the type of raw wool locks used, the pillow could be luxuriously soft and lustrous, or thick and

Sheep from Becky Utecht’s farm — showing off their beautiful fleeces!

dense, or anything in between! Students can choose to make a round, oval, square or rectangular pillow. We will be using wet felting techniques and because we are using raw wool locks, things will get messy, so dress comfortably in old clothes or bring an apron to protect your clothing. 

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Sheep on Becky Utecht’s farm

 

 

 


NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

Becky Utecht’s flock of sheep

Felted Wool Locks Shawl Workshop with Robbin Firth

 

Felted Locks Shawl by Robbin Firth

October 14-15, 2014 (2-day workshop)

Daily Schedule: 10am-5pm, with a lunch break
Cost per person: $225.00 (if paying by check) or $232.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 12 students


About this Workshop
: Robbin of HeartFelt Silks is offering a felted wool lock shawl workshop. Surround 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.
Prior felting experience is necessary for this workshop. 

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

 

Seamless Nuno Felted Vest Workshop with Beth Marx

 

Nuno felted vest by Beth Marx

October 17-19, 2014 (3-day workshop)
Daily schedule: 9am-4pm, with a lunch break.
Cost per person: $425.00 (if paying by check) or $438.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 12 students


About this Workshop: Take your felting to the next level with this intensive three-day workshop with Studio 907’s Beth Marx. If you have always wanted to learn to make seamless felted garments that actually fit, understand how to use a resist, make your own patterns, and demystify shrinkage calculations, then this advanced workshop is for you. Beth’s simple method of calculating shrinkage makes it so easy that no one even has to use a calculator – students have commented that this alone is worth the price of admission.

Nuno felted vest by Beth Marx

Linda St. Angelo commented on Beth’s Studio 907 blog:

I was one of the lucky ladies to have participated in Beth’s class and was able to come home with a lovely garment I made myself (with Beth’s help of course). The class was extremely educational and for 3 days Beth was on the go bouncing from table to table helping each one of us as we yelled out her name~~which was frequent. Ha-ha. She explained it to us so well with her instructional sheets she had put together for each of her students. A few days later someone asked me if the class was worth taking and I said “Yes, definitely I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn how to work with a resist, or just meet some wonderful creative people through the class, and take it with a fabulous, generous and fun instructor who creates stunning apparel pieces that people are lucky enough to wear.” Thanks so much, Beth!
 


Prior felting experience is necessary for this workshop.

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

Felted Landscape Workshop with Jan Waller

Felted Landscape by Jan Waller

October 24-25, 2014 (2-day workshop)

Daily schedule: 10am-5pm, with a lunch break.
Cost per person: $250.00 (if paying by check) or $258.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 15 students

Felted Landscape by Jan Waller

About this Workshop: The process of making felt seems to naturally lend itself to creating images of nature. Very much like watercolor paints, the layering of different coloured roving can produce a beautiful spectrum of subtle colours and hues. Come and spend a day with Jan “painting” a landscape in felt – this is a great class for felt makers of all abilities and experience – when we paint with felt, we tend to break the rules a little – so beginners are very welcome! Jan will take you through the process of laying out a composition using roving to create a landscape which you will then felt into unwoven cloth. She will show you how adding other materials like silk, muslin, and yarn can add texture and light. On day 2 you will finish felting your work, and Jan will show you how she embellishes her work further with needle-felting and embroidery to add detail and create depth. Students are encouraged to bring an image as inspiration (a holiday photo, a drawing from a sketchbook, or an image that just speaks to you), or Jan will have on hand some source material to get the creativity flowing.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

“Bag on a Ball” Felting Workshop with Ruth Walker

 

October 27-28, 2014 (2-day workshop)
Daily Schedule: 9:30am-5pm, with a lunch break.
Cost per person: $250.00 (if paying by check) or $258.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 12 students


About this Workshop
: Felting a purse can be a refreshingly short-term project, yielding something wonderful and unique in a couple of days. This is my adaptation of Beth Beede’s “hat on a ball” (that is, Beth’s use of a three-dimensional resist), and as such can be done in the space of the kitchen sink and a spot of the counter top next to it, or about 1.25 metres of table space set up as if it’s pretending to be a double-basin sink. The papier mache’ technique I’ve developed allows for a great deal of control in the placement of color and design, as well as dispensing with that pesky seam that you never wanted to be there. The Bag on a Ball workshop consists of a bag containing 3 integral pockets, combining 2-D and 3-D resists. We will also felt the cords from which to hang the bag, and complete the bag within the 2 days. Everyone will complete a bag and take it home to dry, and to enjoy forever.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

 

 

“Hat on a Ball” Felting Workshop with Ruth Walker

October 29, 2014 (1-day workshop)
Daily Schedule: 9:30am-5pm, with a lunch break.
Cost per person: $125.00 (if paying by check) or $129.00 (if paying via PayPal)
Capacity: 12 students

About this Workshop: Felting a hat can be a refreshingly short-term project, yielding something wonderful and unique in a day . This is my adaptation of Beth Beede’s “hat on a ball” (that is, Beth’s use of a three-dimensional resist), and as such can be done in the space of the kitchen sink and a spot of the counter top next to it, or about 1.25 metres of table space set up as if it’s pretending to be a double-basin sink. The papier mache’ technique I have developed allows for a great deal of control in the placement of color and design, as well as dispensing with that pesky seam that you never wanted to be there. In the Hat on a Ball workshop you will felt a beret or cloche-type hat. Everyone will complete the hat and take it home to dry, and to enjoy forever.This workshop is suitable for all levels.

NOTE: Materials and Equipment list will be emailed to you upon registration and payment.

IMPORTANT: For all FABULOUS FIBRE MONTH inquiries and for all workshop inquiries, contact the host, Robbin Firth, at Robbin@HeartFeltSilks.com.

Upcoming Felting Classes with Robbin Firth of HeartFelt Silks

It’s a new season of felting classes at the HeartFelt Silks Studio at SEASON on St. Croix Gallery! See the list of select classes before. 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. 
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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 Flowers, Vines, Necklaces and Belts
 
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 tool. Robbin will show you an easy technique to create the stems and then a way to connect them to the flowers for making your own fashionable accessories. (Bring a couple of towels) 
 
                                             
 Material & class fee $55.00                                
 
Friday, May 9th 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Wrapped In Seasons Shawl (Knitting Class by guest teacher Diane L. Augustin)
 
Learn to knit a luxurious Merino Wool shawl to enjoy through the seasons. Quick and rewarding to knit, each pattern version uses 2 hanks of fabulous Malabrigo Mecha. You will begin your shawl in class and finish it on your own. Custom-made shawl pins by Harry Firth of HeartFelt Silks will be available to purchase for your shawl. Age/level: adults, beginners & beyond. For materials list and additional details, contact Diane at 651-398-5319 or dianelaugustin@mac.com
 
Class fee: $30.00                                                             
 
Friday, May 30th 6:00pm-8:00pm
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Lightweight Summer Scarf
 
Felting and experimenting with hand-dyed cotton gauze is the starter for this lightweight summer scarf. Fabric, merino fiber and various silk fibers go into this unique and classy summer creation. Never felted before? No problem, we will teach you the convenient non-rolling technique with the Heartfelt Silks patent-pending Palm Washboard tool. Materials provided. (Bring a couple of towels.)
 
Material & class fee: $65.00 
 
Saturday, June 14th 1:00pm-4:00pm
                                                                                   
Saturday, July 12th 1:00pm-4:00pm
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Silk Ruffle Scarf
 
Create an original silk scarf and learn the basics of three crafts (needle-felting, wet-felting, silk dyeing). First, we will needle-felt and wet-felt using merino wool & silk blend roving. This creates great ruffles! Then we will dye the whole thing with bright beautiful dyes. Supplies needed: Five prong clover needle-felting tool and large clover needle-felting mat (available through Robbin). (Bring a couple of towels)
 
Material & class fee: $55.00                                             
Friday, July 18th 6:00pm-9:00pm
                                                                                   
Friday, August 15th 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Nuno Felted Scarf
 
Have you been waiting for this one? Nuno-Felting with the Palm Washboard! We will be taking hand-dyed Habotai Silk, adding Merino Wool roving, and then felting with the Palm Washboard felting tool, and very little rolling. You create the design for your own unique original scarf. No experience needed. Materials provided. (Bring a couple of towels.)
 
Material & class fee:  $60.00                                    
Saturday, August 30th 1:00pm-4:30pm
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Policy on Cancellations and Refunds: If you cancel a class 2 or more weeks ahead of class, there will be a 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 2 weeks before class, 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.

Sandra Struck-Germann and her magnificent felt art

We are excited to welcome a very special guest to the blog — the talented felt artist extraordinaire, Sandra Struck-Germann. One of the earliest fans of HeartFelt Silks and one of the earliest Palm Washboard users, Sandra has become our dear friend. We are thankful to her for her support, and we are grateful to know her as well as her truly extraordinary felt art.

Based in Dusseldorf, Germany, Sandra teaches workshops on the craft of felting, and she also exhibits her work widely. She is well known for her magnificent 3D artworks and for her large scale felted canvases too. Sandra was kind to share the following words and stories with us, and to tell us how she uses the Palm Washboard felting tools in her daily work. We are pleased to share Sandra’s impressive work with you, along with her words.

“Portraits have fascinated me since my childhood. For years, my three children determined my life, and it was inevitable that I expressed myself in my felt art with children’s faces, their portraits. I love to work in large format because it gives me freedom and space in which to create.

“As is the case for many feltmakers, my hands suffer from the constant contact with soapy water. On my large scale pieces, I often work with rough-textured gauze and rough and rugged mountain sheep’s wool, and rubbing these materials with my hands for long periods of time is hard on my hands and skin. Working with gloves is uncomfortable for me. Some time ago, through Facebook, I discovered HeartFelt Silks and the Palm Washboard felting tools. When I ordered one for myself and held the Palm Washboard in my hands a short time later, I was amazed. The Palm Washboard was so very different from other conventional felting tools that I had previously used! It has a smooth and flat, yet textured, surface, ideal for gliding across the delicate felt surface and creating friction. 

This photo illustrates the enormous scale of Sandra’s large format pieces. Note how small Sandra’s Palm Washboard is!
A Blues Brothers wall-hanging by Sandra Struck-Germann

“I have used the Palm Washboard directly on wool in large format artworks. It hardens the surface much more quickly and consistently than I was able to accomplish with my hands. Even my elaborate layout arrangements and embellishments do not move or shift while working them with the Palm Washboard. Thanks to the large knob handle, the Palm Washboard fits comfortably in my hand, and I have the sense that I can feel the wool surface underneath the Palm Washboard through my hand and fingers.

Work in progress — a multi-layered felted piece being worked with a Palm Washboard from HeartFelt Silks.
Sandra’s work on the felted portraits of Gandhi.

 

And now the portraits are complete!

“Another great passion of mine is the felting of faces with three-dimensional elements. Most of these are animals portraits with parts of the animals’ bodies protruding from the flat surface. The making of the transition from the flat surface to the 3D element is particularly tricky, delicate, and important. The transition must be smooth, firm, solid, and strong. For this task, I especially like to work with the EDGE Palm Washboard. This felting tool has a smooth surface and a convenient shape that creates good felting results when working 3D elements.

An example of Sandra’s fascinating 3D animal portraits in felt.

 

Here, Sandra is working the 3D face of the fox with the EDGE Palm Washboard. The fox’s body comes alive in Sandra’s skilled hands!
Sandra utilizes the entire family of Palm Washboard tools in her work – clockwise from the bottom: Jumbo Palm Washboard, Regular Palm Washboard, Rounded Palm Washboard, Edge Palm Washboard.
Another stunning 3D animal wall hanging by Sandra Struck-Germann

 

You can see the donkey’s head  so well at this angle.

“I regularly work with seniors with dementia. Many are also limited in their motor skills. Knowing how comfortable the large handle of the Palm Washboard feels in your hands gave me the idea that this tool would be great for use by seniors. Indeed, it was a great success! During a felting lesson, the seniors enjoyed using their Palm Washboards to felt — they got quick results, which gave them a great sense of accomplishment and boosted their self-esteem and mood.


Sandra teaches felting to seniors. The Palm Washboards help to make the felting process enjoyable and quick.

“I recently felted with a sander. I had heard people talk about felting with sanders so much that I wanted to give it a try myself. In fact, the sander felted the wool very quickly. But it also felted so quickly and powerfully that my fine and elaborate details all but disappeared! With the Palm Washboard, this has never happened to me. For me, using the Palm Washboard is a gentler, more controlled method of producing strong and solid felt. I’ll stay with the Palm Washboard!

The Rounded Palm Washboard at work on a pair of adorable felted booties.

 

Sandra finds so many different uses for the Palm Washboards — here, she’s making a handful of felted balls.
Kids love using the Palm Washboards too, and Sandra loves the help!

 

Sandra Struck-Germann wearing one of her felted creations

For more of Sandra’s beautiful felt art, visit her website and see our earlier blogpost featuring her work. Thank you for dropping by for a virtual visit, Sandra!