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Carol Brown grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco. As a girl spending time in the sewing room with her mother, she learned to sew from an early age, making doll clothes from scraps. It all started quite literally at her mother's knee, and she has never stopped sewing. When Carol graduated from high school she took her sewing skills and moved to ...Berkeley.She moved around between Berkeley and Oakland for the next few years before settling San Francisco where she earned a Bachelor of Art in art with an emphasis in textiles from San Francisco State University. Upon graduation she took a position with Laurel Sprigg Custom Interior Sewing in San Francisco making custom soft furnishings for a very exclusive clientele. At Laurel Sprigg, Carol found she could put her textiles skills and knowledge to work, while learning more every day in a stimulating creative environment. The high point of her career at Laurel Sprigg came when Carol worked on the team that assembled hand sewn curtains for the King of Thailand's new summer palace in the 1990s. In 1992, Carol married Jim Peckham, and in 1999 they moved their young family to Columbia, Missouri. Carol started her own custom interior sewing company in Columbia and makes curtains, slipcovers and bedding for interior designers. Carol has always enjoyed sharing interests in textiles and fiber with mother in law and Heartfelt partner Diane Peckham. The creation of Heartfelt represents the natural progression of their shared interests. The partners in Heartfelt are all alpaca farmers, with the exception of Carol. The only animals she is responsible for are 2 guinea pigs and a goldfish. Working with the alpaca fiber in a felted form combines Carol's love of painting, drawing, and design with her love of working with textiles. Felting a design onto a rug is very much like "painting" with the fiber. Carol dyes fleece to supplement the 22 naturally occurring colors of the alpaca fiber, and she has created many of the Heartfelt designs. More

Alpaca Insoles in Summer? Yes!

Fiber's coming in and we are making insoles.  Who needs alpaca insoles in the summer?  You do, you just might not have thought of it.

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2015 FeltLOOM Conference

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9 14 2015 Lan Mark Farm

Three of the four women of Heartfelt have just returned from the FeltLOOM conference in Sharpsburg, KY.  LanMark Farm (www.feltloom.com/lan-mark-farm) is the home of Don Bowles and Lynette Frietag, creators of the Feltloom.   They have a beautiful farm, with an old farmhouse, a fiber mill, and a lodge perfect for the conference. 

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Visit Us During National Alpaca Farm Days!

The Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) promotes National Alpaca Farm Days every year.  The end of summer, beginning of fall, is a lovely time to visit a local alpaca farm, and thousands of small farms across the country participate in the event.  They participate by gussying up their farm, airing out their farm stores, and on that weekend they give tours of their farms, their barns, their workshops and their stores to anyone who shows up.  It is so much fun! 

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Step 5: Hand Felting the Design

hand felting tulip rug

Working with felt to create designs for our Heartfelt products offers a freedom and satisfaction I have rarely found when working with woven fabrics. 

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