Our Favorite Felting Tools

Today we’re going to do a quick run-through of our favorite felting tools for both nuno and wet methods. If you’ve just registered for a workshop with us, or are just getting into felting on your own, this will be a great introduction to some tools of the trade. Felting is a creative process, and […]

Creating Tree Bark with Wool – A New Textural Workshop with Sharon Mansfield

Sharon recently developed a textural workshop that we’re super excited about. In her brand new, advanced level, Tree Bark workshop, students will create a piece that is knotty, lumpy, knobby, and loaded with different textural elements.  Through modified versions of the Japanese technique, shibori, hand stitching is utilized to form and sculpt a rough tree-bark […]

The Coolest Handbag Workshop We’ve Ever Offered

Sure, we may be a little biased, but I’m fairly confident that Sharon’s upcoming Compound Resist Handbag workshop is the creme de la creme of purse workshops here at the Thimble. This 2-day workshop will be happening during Felt Fest, and if you’re interested in signing up, you can find more details here.  This bag […]

Birdhouses, Pumpkins and More! The New Advanced Wet Felting Class is Here.

Sharon’s developed an entirely new wet felting class! If you’ve taken any of our level 1 wet felting classes, then you’re all set to take Sharon’s most recent workshop experiment: the advanced vessel. In this wet felting class, advance your skills and learn how to create design elements such as holes, and ruffled edges, in addition […]

Pine Needle Felt & Stone Walls with Leiko Uchiyama

It makes us feel very special to host Leiko for her yearly workshops in our store. Not only is Leiko Uchiyama an incredible felter, instructor, and all-around creative, but she has such a kind disposition, and that’s important to all of us here. She’ll be here this April to teach her Pine Needle & Stone Wall […]

Simply Colorful: A Rainbow of Wool Roving

One of the many wonderful things about spending so much time at The Thimble is that we’re always surrounded by color. It’s hard not to be be inspired every day and get our hands into the beautiful wool roving, but helping our students and customers takes priority. Lucky for us, this season we created gift […]

Advice from a Fiber Artist: Sharon’s Colorful Methods

Our students, customers and, shoot, even the Thimble staff, are always amazed at the color choices Sharon puts together in her handmade pieces. Whether it’s a wet felted wallhanging or a handmade dress, the woman curates beautiful color palettes. Our beginning students are especially intrigued and often ask her “How did you know to put those […]

Busy Hands Make Beautiful Things

For the past couple of months, our creative mother-daughter duo, Sharon Mansfield and Lisa Classon have been extra busy creating beautiful things for our store and for their classes. Sharon has been botanically dyeing men’s and women’s clothing with fantastic results:  The jagged edges of the leaf prints near the collar of the above shirt are such an […]

Hidden Delights

One of the many benefits of being on the Tin Thimble team is being constantly surrounded by beauty. Not to brag, but we have people tell us every day how charming the shop is. In the many nooks and crannies, you’ll find interesting pieces that are handcrafted, vintage, or both! We’ve collected some photos of […]

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 […]