Felting with the Guys – Wet Felted Slippers

Just after Christmas, Sharon showed her grandson, Colby, and her son-in-law, Daniel, how to make their own wet felted slippers. Colby had made a pair two years back, but he’d grown out of them.    The guys started by creating duct tape molds of their feet, just as students do in the workshop for this […]

Protected: Botanical Dyeing by Sharon Mansfield

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Sharon’s Felted Wedding Dress: Sewing Meets Felting

In honor of this Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share one of Sharon’s biggest labors of love, which just happens to be a symbol of her love. Back in October of 2011, Sharon and her husband Mark celebrated their devotion with a vow renewal ceremony. Sharon, being Sharon, made a felted wedding dress and today we’d like […]

Fire and Ice Dyeing

Debra Hosler joined us here in our little ‘ol classroom for a two-day workshop last month on ice dyeing. Doesn’t that just sound lovely? Well the results were above and beyond what I was expecting and we are looking forward to hosting miss Hosler and her very neat class again in the spring. She had a nice full […]

Sharon’s Wet Felted Capelet

Look at this exquisite thing! Mom made this Melissa Arnold‘s Resist Shaped Felt class. The caplet was created using a batt (to which mom added a montage of fun fibers & hand dyed wool). She incorporated mohair into the center of the “flowers” and a lot of silk into the body. Shibori stitching helped to form the wet felt into […]

The CCO: Sharon Mansfield

While we at The Tin Thimble don’t really have “job titles”, it is safe to say that if we had to designate them, Sharon Mansfield (usually referred to as “mom”) would without a doubt be the Chief Creative Officer. In addition to teaching, she’s been botanical dyeing at home, she took a class with Melissa Arnold and […]

With Sticks and Leaves: Botanical Printing

Mom has a new class where students spend the day botanical printing clothing. She’s been whipping these gorgeous garments out for a few months now (more photos of those here, and to come in their own blog post) and her first class was a total success! Five of our ‘regulars’ took the class and they had a blast. […]

Complex Shibori Class with Melissa Arnold

The amazingly talented Melissa Arnold taught a Contemporary Complex Shibori class with us back in May, and wow, her students created some stunning pieces! Melissa is an incredible textile artist, and just an overall wonderful person. We are always so thrilled to have her happy little self in our classroom! Students in this class learned […]

Felting Workshops with Nicola Brown

It’s always an exciting time when Nicola Brown comes to visit us (all the way from Ireland!). If you’ve ever taken a class with Nic, you know that her energy is contagious. We love having her, and her wonderful ideas, in the classroom. Students always leave so inspired, and that inspires us! The girls made […]

Pine Needle Felt with Leiko Uchiyama!

The lovely, talented and kind Leiko Uchiyama visited us back in April and taught a series of wonderful workshops, including a technique called ‘Pine Needle Felt’. We are always so honored  when an instructor wants to come all the way to teach at our little Thimble. It is so inspiring and refreshing to have some […]