Having begun my education into the world of fiber artistry a decade ago when my family and I welcomed llamas and then sheep to our farm, I was thrilled to expand my work in July 2015, when I established HeartFelt Fleece & Fiber in Cynthiana. HeartFelt grew out of my passion for fiber art and intrigue for agri-tourism, the latter of which I cultivated during my tenure as the county’s Chamber of Commerce director.
When a relapse of Lyme Disease forced my older daughter, Kris, off the Pacific Crest Trail and back home to Kentucky, she was surprised to find that she shared my love of fiber art. Since that time, we’ve been working together to create inspired felted, knitted, and woven items. Kris’s favorite projects are her two-dimensional wool “paintings,” and she’s recently begun felting her favorite memories from her backpacking adventures.
As HeartFelt has grown in the last 18 months, the Kentucky Proud felt pieces my daughter and I have made have sold at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and been accepted into juried art shows, including the Bardstown Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Fair and the Kentucky Christmas at Ashland event. We have also processed wool for the Kentucky Cloth Project, a collaboration of shepherds and hemp farmers to create a new fiber.
At HeartFelt, Kris and I endeavor to create products suitable for all ages and all budgets. We enjoy reimagining the age-old art of feltmaking and sharing it with our customers at festival demonstrations and in fiber art classes through our local college.