September 10, 2022

Program and Workshops

The Artist:

Robbin Firth is an acclaimed fiber artist and educator. She is known regionally, nationally, and internationally for her original collection of fine felt, dyed wearables, and decorative fiber art. Robbin’s felt art has appeared in numerous publications in the US and abroad. She regularly teaches workshops in felting and dyeing at The Textile Center and her studio. Firth and her husband Harry, a wood artist, are the wife and husband of the HeartFelt Silks team. HeartFelt Silks Studio includes a retail, gallery and teaching space and is located in Bayport, Minnesota. They are the inventors of the unique hand-crafted Patented Palm Washboard felt making tools.

Guild Meeting/Program: When Palms Meet Wool

Robbin will introduce herself and her business. She’ll discuss the history of the Palm Washboard and how the tool can change the way you felt and work with wool, the evolution of the Palm Washboard to other types of tools they create, and the time savings and ergonomics of the tool.

Date/Time: September 10, 2022 10:30 AM (following Guild meeting)

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Mini Workshop: Getting Started with Resists in Felting; Creating a Small Vessel
Give your vessels even more dimension by adding cracks, fissures, and splits in the wool surface. Learn how to use resists and multiple layers of wool roving to achieve this uniquely bold look. This is a great introduction to exploring how to felt a dimensional vessel and provides an opportunity to learn a fast way of felting using the Palm Washboard felting tools. Kits will be provided.

Date/Time: September 10, 2022 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Mini Workshop Fee: Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $50.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $25
Kit includes: Finn wool roving/top; embellishment fibers;
 use of Palm Washboards. Payment of kits can be done via PayPal through Kim’s account at heartfeltsilks@hotmail.com.

Student Supply List:
Large bath towels (4-6); bed risers to elevate your work table; ball brauser or similar type of water sprinkler; scissors, notebook, pencil; soap (Orvus paste, Dawn dish soap or olive oil soap); bucket/pail; net fabric (e.g. old net curtain) 40” by 54”” is the recommended size; plastic shopping bag to bring damp project home.
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Extended Workshop: Creating a Spiral Felted Wrap
To make an elegant wrap, you start with elegant fibers–Margilan silk fabric, habotai silk, loose silk fibers, and merino wool. Working with these luxurious fibers you will create a one-of-a-kind, beautifully textured nuno felted spiral wrap that is a one size fits all. On the first day, receive detailed instructions and a demonstration on working with a pattern template. Utilize the Palm Washboard felting tools to achieve a beautiful silk and merino prefelt base. This technique eliminates the strenuous rolling of traditional felting techniques. Incorporate your own design elements and color choices. The second day of class will focus on completing your wrap and making fine finishing touches.

Date/Time: September 11-12, 2022 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Location: to be determined

Workshop Fee: Members: $160.00 Non-Members: $220.00

Student’s Materials Fee: $165
Kit includes all fibers needed for the project. Payment of the kit can be done via PayPal through Kim’s account at heartfeltsilks@hotmail.com. Email Robbin at robbin@heartfeltsilks.com prior to class to discuss color choices for materials and kit payment.

Student Supply List:
Large bath towels (4-6); pool cover or bubble wrap (enough to cover two 8-foot tables); bed risers to elevate your work table (due to project size will need 2 sets to raise all tables); ball brauser or similar type of water sprinkler; scissors, notebook, pencil and tape measure; thin painter’s plastic (1 roll) (thickness: 0.7mil-0.8mil) ; soap (Orvus paste, Dawn dish soap, or olive oil soap); swimming noodle, (pool noodles should be 56” long or longer, diameter should be 2.5” or larger); 4-6 ties or knee high pantyhose to hold roll together; bucket/pail; net fabric (e.g., old net curtain) large enough in size to cover your work, 3-4 yards; rotary cutter and mat if you have one. (They can be shared. It is not necessary to go buy one.)
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