Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HeartFelt Silks comes to the UK and Ireland Summer 2015!

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

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

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

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

Feltmaking in the UK and Ireland with 
Felt Artist Robbin Firth
Summer 2015

Please contact Iris Brunton directly to make all inquiries and to register for UK classes.

Please contact Anita Marnell directly to make all inquiries and to register for the Ireland class.

Felt Artist Robbin Firth -- 2015 Workshops in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Schedule / Itinerary (subject to change)

United Kingdom

(Please contact Iris Brunton -- 07717295792) for details of all UK workshops, class descriptions, and to book a class.)

June 6, 2015 : 1 day workshop in Kendal

June 10 - June 12, 2015: 3 day workshop in Knayton 

June 15 - June 16, 2015 : 2 day workshop in Ipswich

June 18 - June 19, 2015: 2 day workshop at Skeeby Old Mill Centre (near Richmond)

June 21, 2015: 1 day workshop at Terrington

June 24, 2015: 1 day workshop in Knayton

July 1 - July 2, 2015: 2 day workshop in Hereford

Special appearances / visits

June 13, 2015: IFA Region10 Meeting

June 26 - June 27, 2015: Woolfest!


July 5, 2015: 1 day workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland (Contact Anita Marnell for details and to book a class. Anita's studio is at Ballybur, Cuffes Grange, L5134, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Tel. 0866004489)

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

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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: 

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: 
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: 

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: 

 Saturday, February 28th 1pm-4:30pm

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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: 

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: 

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:

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Photos from our Fabulous Fibre Month!

As many of you know, in October 2014, the HeartFelt Silks studio at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery hosted a month-long celebration of all things felted, woolly, and wonderful -- Fabulous Fibre Month! In addition to a special gallery exhibit of decorative and wearable fiber art (complete with a fashion show!), we hosted a series of unique felting workshops with guest instructors from around the US. If you missed live reporting on our Facebook page, here is a taste of the festivities at HeartFelt Silks in October 2014.

Our workshop series opened with Dawn Edwards' Eco-Printed Felted Hats, where students of all levels of experience spent two days concocting sculptural hats that were bundled to be eco-printed.

Dawn and her students used a selection of leaves for their beautiful eco-printed hats.

All Fabulous Fibre workshops took place in our retail and teaching studio, and to accommodate larger than usual class sizes, our felting tables spilled over into the beautiful Seasons on St. Croix Gallery.
In the photo above, you can see some of Dawn Edwards' other beautifully eco-printed objects, including handbags. The scarves and wraps overhead are HeartFelt Silks-made, and the hat block in lower right corner is an original hand-crafted wooden hat block by Harry Firth.

The lovely Dawn had a selection of her one-of-a-kind felted hats on display at the gallery.

Making a (supplies and tools) list and checking it twice!

Next up was Becky Utecht's Raw Felted Locks Throw pillow class. Becky, who is not only a feltmaker but also a shepherdess, knows her wool locks! There's nothing quite like a handsome, fluffy, and warm felted locks pillow to add a touch of the grassy pastures sheep love to your home decor.

If you know me and my fiber favorites, you know that I simply love felting with raw wool locks! During Fabulous Fibre Month, by popular demand, I got to teach a Felted Wool Locks Shawl workshop, which was a lot of fun.

I started by prepping the gallery the night before, setting up the tables, laying out the wool bundles, and some inspiration for our shawls from fashion magazines.

The felting adventures began the following morning, in the sunlit gallery. First, the layout...

(The students felt inspired by the artwork surrounding them, as well as by the scenic setting of our town, Hudson, WI.)

Then, the felting...

 And not long after that, we all had luxurious wraps to model!

A few days later, we welcomed Jan Waller to HeartFelt Silks. Jan came to teach a Felted Landscape workshop. With Jan as an inspiring (and entertaining!) teacher, the students had an amazing time.

We were again treated to gorgeous fall weather! And the autumn views around Hudson helped to inspire the colorful landscapes made in wool.
See? Gorgeous fall colors interpreted so very beautifully in felt!

Each student put their own inspiration and personality into their one-of-a-kind, unforgettable landscape.

And none of us shied away from lots of color and lots of embellishing fibers.

We reveled in each part of the process, from carding the fibers...

To using our trusty Palm Washboard felting tools...

To examining and admiring the stunning fruits of our labor.

Another student-favorite was Ruth Walker's Hat on a Ball workshop.

Ruth is a well known teacher and felt artist, and students traveled from near and far to take her class.

What could be more fun than bouncing a felted hat to have it take shape, while surrounded by colorful wool on all sides!

It was full house for Ruth's class, and look at the lovely hats made by all!

We also hosted Beth Marx all the way from California as a guest teacher during our Fabulous Fibre Month. Beth taught a Nuno Felted Vest class -- it had a big turn-out and lots of hard-working students.

What an eventful and busy month! We took a few breaks from felting by sampling some of our local restaurants, and entertaining extra special guests, like our very own internet celebrity Mick (Firth) who came by to visit one day!

Curious about what's coming up next for HeartFelt Silks? Visit our website, follow us on Facebook for daily updates from our studio and helpful tips, Twitter, and Pinterest, and email us any time. For the complete Palm Washboard series of felting tools, felting supplies, kits, as well as handcrafted wooden buttons and shawl pins, visit our online shops on Etsy and on our website.

We are working on bringing online lessons and tutorials to you in 2015, please stay tuned!

The HeartFelt Silks teaching and retail studio is located at 401 Second Street, Hudson, WI 54016.
Private individual and group felting lessons are available by appointment.