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I thought it was about time for a giveaway, so here you go:

I will giveaway one of my new Needled Nuno scarves (example above) and a felted sunflower pincushion to two lucky winners. All you need to do is comment on this post to be entered. I’ll draw the winners on November 15 and ship off the prizes before Thanksgiving so you have them in time for gift giving!

Want additional entries? Share this post via your own website, Facebook (HopefulHandmade is my business page), Instagram or Twitter(I am @feltit on both) and tag me on those sites so that I can confirm the posting and I’ll give you an additional entry for each.

Let’s have some fun-share this giveaway with your friends, and remember to comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway. Until next time, go felt something!


Recovery week, and SALE!!



The past couple of months have flown by in a whirlwind of activity preparing for the two biggest shows, thus far, of my artisan life. I spent a solid month working non-stop to have plenty of merchandise ready to sell, and, well, the biggest shows on paper didn’t quite pan out as anticipated. Sometimes you pick a good show, sometimes a good show has a bad year, it really is the luck of the timing. So, after recovering this past week, sleeping in a bit, resting still sore hands, back and legs, I’ll be ready to kick off this next week working on things that I didn’t get completed so that I can have even fresher new items at TWISTED! Fiber Festival, here in Topeka on First Friday weekend of November (see for details), the Bizaare Bazaar on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (info at and the final show of the holiday season, Unitarian Universalist Fair Trade & Hand Made Bazaar on December 11 & 12, also here in Topeka.

I had hoped to have an Insta-sale on Instagram (follow me, I’m @feltit) this week, but need to postpone until next week so that I can get pictures ready. Watch for the notice on Instagram for when the sale will begin: first to post a comment for the item with SOLD and their paypal address will be the winner! I plan to have wreaths and mug cuffs up for grabs-perfect items for gifts.

I hope to see you at one of the shows in the next two months, and am grateful for your continued support of this felt and fiber artisan. I’ll have classes to post soon-keep watching!

Until next time, go stab something into existence!!



Kristen Strok from Arlington Heights!

Nicole Evans from Skokie!

James Hamilton from Columbus!

Karen Riegle from Esie!

Stacy Ehard from Columbia!

Melissa Sundwall from Springfield!

Melissa Rueter from Bayside!

Amber Dissinger from Newville!

Rachel Altvater from Delaware!

You will all receive the Deluxe Needle Felting kit next week-I’ll be mailing them out tomorrow. I am so excited for you and hope that you’ll continue with stabbing things into existence! Thank you for coming to class at GenCon 2015, and I’ll look for you next year! Until we talk again, GO FELT SOMETHING!



Sorry for the yelling, but I DID need to get your attention somehow!

Yesterday evening I sent out the two lists I promised at GenCon: Felting tips & tricks and the Felting Resources lists. I sent them to the email addys I deciphered from the pages you filled out at class, and have apparently gotten a few of them incorrect. Please send me your email via email to MY addy:

I’ll resend the lists at the end of the weekend to those who want the lists .

Now, for the information you’ve been wanting to hear, WHO WON THE DRAWINGS?

I’m putting together 9 DELUXE NEEDLE FELTING KITS to send out next week, and I’ve drawn the winners! They are:










When they are in the mail, I will revise this post to include the names of the lucky winners! Until next time, GO FELT SOMETHING!


Summer Recap-GenCon2015, first wool fleece and more!


It’s been quite awhile since I last posted, and I do so apologize. Since we last spoke, I’ve taught about 200 people in needle felting classes, traveled to and from Indianapolis, IN for the best gaming convention in the world (with the BEST students in the world), I’ve redesigned my studio space for better use, been accepted for two VERY large shows for the fall, and just today received my first wool fleece! WHEW!

GenCon2015 had nearly 62,000 people in attendance over the four days of the convention where I taught 9 classes in needle felting. This was my fifth year of teaching at the convention, and it was amazing as always.

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One of my after-con students last year, Marc Huete, created the space shuttle above and it was fabulously photographed by his wife, Leah Huete.This years students created flowers, coat of arms banners, and creatures of all shapes and sizes!

The studio is a work in progress, though I’ll be working full time in it from now until my BIG fall shows. If you’re in Kansas, come to the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts show in Hillsboro on September 19th; or come visit me outside Wichita two weeks later at the Kansas Barn Sale on the grounds of the (former) Kansas Coliseum.

And today, a luscious, locky fleece arrived in the mail, and I can’t wait to play with it once I’ve washed it! Here’s a peek:

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I promise to post more often-soon you’ll be seeing sneak peeks of the fibery lovelies that I’ll be bringing to the fall shows. So, until we talk again, GO FELT SOMETHING!




Thank you for your patience as I navigated some unexpected and interesting times these past two months. I’m back, and the Intro to Nuno Felting class has been rescheduled! PLUS-my friends at the Nest on Ninth are offering me their class space to try out! So, check out their page on Facebook for the map to the shop which is conveniently located just off 10th and Wanamaker, behind the old Cox Communications location, 6260 SW 9th Terrace, Topeka:

Please RSVP to guarantee your place in class-only 8 spots available, and three are already spoken for! Bring along a couple of old towels to use to transport your scarf home, and be prepared to have fun learning this wonderful felting technique as you create an ethereal scarf with cotton fabric and alpaca fibers, perfect for wearing year round! Reply to this post to RSVP, or send an email to me at, or leave me a message at 785.554.5154.

Hope to see you on the 23rd!


Intro to Nuno Felting-basic scarf class!

Classes have been so much fun these past few months, but with the weather warming up and the sun shining more brightly every day, it is time for us to visit Nuno felting once again!

Intro to Nuno Felting-basic scarf class will be Saturday, April 18th, 9am to Noon at the

Potwin Presbyterian Church, 5th and Washburn, Topeka.

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Nuno felting is a wet felting technique that encourages the wool fibers to migrate through a base fabric, laminating them together to form a beautifully light and drape-able fabric with wonderful texture. We will create a simple lightweight scarf, perfect for spring through fall, which will be ready for you to soak in a simple setting solution and dry when you leave the class.

We will go over the basics of Nuno felting,  and you will have an assortment of alpaca colors from which to choose to pair with the undyed base fabric! The cost is $60 per person for the 3 hour class, and all supplies are included, as are the tools needed during class. I certainly hope that you will take a look at your schedule-you won’t regret it, and you’ll be armed with information to continue creating Nuno style when you leave! To RSVP for the class, email me at or reply to this post. I hope to see you at class!


Felting as therapy?

Definition: ART THERAPY is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well being.
Why felting as a form of therapy?

First and foremost, I must stress that I am not an art therapist. I have not received any training in art therapy; I merely have recognized certain therapeutic benefits through my own journey in felt making as an artisan. Again, I am NOT an art therapist.

Now that we are clear on that point, I say again, why felting as a form of therapy? During the past seven years that I’ve been felting, I have taught hundreds of people how to needle felt, have taught others how to wet felt, and continue to teach classes both on my own and as a member of the Potwin Fiber Artisans (, and I have discovered that 99 percent of the time, students leave my classes enthused, surprised at their unknown abilities to create, and, generally speaking, much more relaxed and happy than they were when they came into class. Why?

Well, my tag line of “Stab something into existence” certainly helps a great deal, as does my KISS (keep it simple sweetie) method of teaching. In fact, I’ve borrowed a line from the great Bob Ross: There are no mistakes, only happy accidents”. But I think it is more than that. I think that we’ve become so alienated from our imagination and from our innate creative abilities through education, work, stresses of everyday life, that taking a two or three hour break to create something allows our very souls to get a breath of air. I often advise friends who are in the midst of a stressful season of their life to “Breathe-just breathe” because we ALL have a tendency to scrunch up, hold our breath, tense every part of our body in the face of stress. I can’t help but think that our souls do the very same thing when all of our life is planned and scheduled, rushing from work to home to bed to work, ad infinitum.

Felt making involves every sense-you can’t help but notice the different textures of the wools, silks, and yarns as your hands pick out the fibers you will use to create a piece of felt; and even washed wools still have the scent of the animal on them. When you’re needle felting, you hear the ‘squink-squink’ of the needle going through the fibers; when you wet felt, you hear the rubbing of your hands over the soapy wet wools. And the colors and crimps you see: so many combinations, so many ways in which to combine them. Of course, if you’re not careful, you may stab your finger while needle felting, causing you to lift the offended digit to your mouth where you’ll taste a drop of blood, or you will be rolling your wet felt project so well that a bead of sweat will run down your face to your lips. Either way, you’ll taste the saltiness, fully engaging all of your senses as you felt.

With all your senses piqued, you find a rhythm in the process, and in doing so, allow your soul, your spirit to engage in the process, letting go of thinking and becoming one with the felting. I have seen students struggle in the first 30 minutes of a class only to find their rhythm and be so completely enveloped in their project that they have to be told the 3 hour class is nearing the end. They look down, and realize that they have created something wonderful: a unicorn, a bearded lady, a platypus, a gnome, the list goes on and on. The best part? Nearly every one of my students had never felted before, yet they leave the class with a creation of their own, the satisfaction of having made it themselves, and the biggest grins!

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So my question to you is this: when was the last time YOU took a creative break? If you can’t recall, then it’s overdue. Come to one of my felting classes, arrange a private class and I’ll come to you with all the supplies, or invite me to your office for a creative team building activity. Classes range from $25 to $60 per person depending upon the project, with an average cost of $35. Take a planned class, or contact me to create a custom class-I promise, you’ll be glad you did!

Until next time, go stab something into existence!


I hope that you will join me in this fun and beautiful class-the colors you’ll have to choose from, as well as the beautiful silks to add shimmer and luster to your flowers will fill you with the colors of spring, just in time to prepare your own floral bouquet for Easter and Mothers Day! To RSVP either respond to this post by commenting, or send me an email at

See you soon!

Why fiber arts?

I thought it was about time I let you know my answer to that question.

I grew up in a home where my parents, WWII babies, learned from an early age to make the best of what they had on hand. They were each one of eight children which meant that they learned from their parents, who were children during the Great Depression, that you saw the treasure in everything around, and you made it work for your needs. As a result, I grew up with hand-me-downs from my aunts, which I then passed on to my little sister; I also grew up surrounded by creativity. whether that was growing your own veggies, or altering a dress, or taking something apart to make something new. So it is no surprise that I became ‘crafty’, learning to sew, learning to crochet, wishing I could paint like my mom, trying out every creative outlet that was presented.

But nothing lasted long, nothing seemed to be “IT” for me, until I won an online giveaway of a 4 ounce hand painted roving.

Now-while I had tried nearly everything, I knew that I did not want to learn to use a spinning wheel (more about this at a later post), so I wondered just what the blazes I was going to do with this beautiful fiber aside from petting it! I happened upon a ‘teach yourself to needle felt’ kit, figured the cost was minimal, and gave it a try.


Finally, I found the ‘IT’ that pulled my other loves together and made a whole. Felting. After two months with those 2 needles from the kit, I had covered nearly every horizontal surface in my home with needle felted pretties. And-BONUS-I discovered that the fibers acted very much like watercolors in the way they blended together and finally found my wish to be a painter come true.

But there is more.

Felting came into my life at a very dark and low time, and I discovered the healing power of creativity. I had a way to work through my pain and sorrow, had a therapy that enabled me to stab things into existence, or thwack things to stabilize the felt…I found a light at the end of the tunnel, I found hope in the joy I received when I created. I found my purpose.

I also was blessed to have found a group of individuals who wanted to keep the fiber arts alive and well, a group that would educate and encourage others to find their joy in creating. Potwin Fiber Artisans ( was born out of the love of fiber, and the desire to help others through that love of fiber to spread joy. I am lucky to have stumbled on my purpose, both individually as an artisan, and collectively through my participation with PFA. A portion of my class fees and sales go to the organization to help it continue to grow as a non-profit organization, to help others find the joy in creating. And I’m glad that PFA is working alongside other non-profits in the area to help keep people warm.

I would invite you to consider joining PFA and me in our efforts to reach out to others, to help others discover the joy in creating with fiber, to educate the state in the beauty and necessity to keep these heritage arts alive and well in the 21st century. Who knows? You may discover “IT”.