Friday, August 2, 2013

Busy Summer at the Felting Studio

It has been such a busy summer here at our fiber teaching & retail studio, and at the woodworking shop too! When Robbin is not teaching a class on felting, she is either making kits, creating samples for upcoming classes, filling orders of felt scarves and wraps for her galleries, hand-dyeing silk scarves, attending to visitors and customers, or experimenting with new designs. And Harry has been very busy making many new Palm Washboards, from the Original, to the Mini, the Rounded, and the Edge. He has been making his one-of-a-kind shawl sticks and shawl pins too! Robbin and Harry have also been working behind the scenes on a brand new addition to the Palm Washboard family. Shhhh....this secret tool is not out of the bag yet, but here is a hint -- it is BIG!

Below are a few pictures of Robbin's recent nuno-felted and wet-felted cowls and scarves, as well as Harry's latest woodworked creations.

Hand-dyed silk scarves, scarves, and cowls by Robbin Firth

Robbin Firth's recent nuno-felted and hand-dyed scarves

Recently made by Harry Firth of HeartFelt Silks - Palm Washboards, and one-of-a-kind shawl pins made of many kinds of Minnesota hardwoods.

Keep up with studio news, and discoveries from the wonderful world of felting, by following HeartFelt Silks on Facebook. We have many exciting things, projects, and specials planned for the months ahead!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August-September 2013 classes at the new HeartFelt Silks studio

Our new studio in Hudson, WI has a great and busy summer! Here are a few photos from recent classes at the studio. Our August-September schedule of classes is below. Classes fill up quickly, so be sure to call early to register. See you soon!
Lovely Students from the Wet Felting and Silk Dyeing classes at the HEARTFELT SILKS Studio.

Learn the art of FELTING!
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:

Felted Lightweight Cotton Gauze 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. 3 hr class. Materials provided. (Bring a couple of towels.)
Material & class fee: $65.00                                               Monday, August 12, 1pm-4pm

Cross Hatch Scarf
Create your own lattice style scarf or wrap that looks like an open weave of criss-crossed fibers. This technique makes a beautiful scarf that looks complicated, but is easy to learn. We will use merino roving, silk embellishing threads and your own scrap yarn bits to create the design and then wet felt with the Robbin’s Palm Washboard, an innovative non-rolling technique.
Material & class fee: $55.00                                              Monday, August 26, 1pm-4pm          

Thursday, September 5, 6pm-9pm                                  Tuesday, September 17, 6pm-9pm
Merino Prefelt Scarf/Cowl
Create an original scarf or cowl using Australian merino prefelt and many hand dyed merino silk and embellishing fibers. Robbin will show the process of wet felting using the Palm Washboard tool. You will create a double sided design on your scarf or cowl with no rolling involved. 3 hour class.
Material & class fee: $65.00                                        Wednesday, August 21,  6pm-9pm             

Wednesday, September 11, 6pm-9pm                       Monday, September 30, 1pm-4pm
Parent and child --  Intro to feting
Never felted before? Want to try a new way of felting? This class will give you the basics of wet felting merino wool and embellishing fibers. You will create bracelets, coasters, flowers, coffee cozies, as well as learning the basics of flat surface designing. Bring a couple bath towels. 6 yrs of age & older
Material and class fee: $45.00                                    Thursday, August 15, 1pm-3pm

Other felting classes can be arranged by appointment. Private and group instruction available. Contact Robbin at 651-263-7275 for details.