As I was reviewing my blog posts I realised that I hadn’t actually written about the workshop I did at Skeeby Old Mill with Robbin of Heartfelt Silks! How could I have forgotten? Well, MS stole my memory along with my balance and mobility. Anyway, I’ve blathered on enough about the whole MS thing recently, and really I want to talk about making my loose locks and ruffle wrap.
When I booked the workshop it was to make a loose locks shawl/wrap, however before we arrived at the venue Iris, the organiser, had emailed to say there were some issues with the locks we’d ordered so it may be necessary to add ruffles. That was what we all ended up doing, although I would probably have been able to do one completely in locks.
I had chosen this particular workshop because it was residential, and I was able to stay two extra nights, so that helped combat some of the inevitable fatigue. I was a fantastic experience. The other women on the workshop were lovely, and so friendly and helpful. Robbin was just as I had imagined her to be from our Facebook conversations. There is a saying ” never meet your idols”, but Robbin gave the lie to that. She’s warm, funny, patient, good humoured, and incredibly generous with her knowledge. I learned so much, and enjoyed every minute of the time I spent with her.
Robbin has created tools, and techniques to go with them, that push the boundaries of felt making. Her ruffle wraps actually make the felt grow, not shrink, which can be mind boggling to experienced felt makers. I was saddened to hear from her that traditional felt makers in the USA have been downright nasty to her. It reminded me of the passage in the New Testament – a prophet is not without honour except in his own country. Professional jealousy is a terrible thing. Maybe her critics are afraid of innovation. Personally I’m a huge fan. I believe you can never stop learning, and I’m always willing to try new things. If you are like me then visit Robbin’s website Heartfelt Silks and her Facebook page by following the links.