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

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

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.

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