Harpswear

HAND MADE QUILTS, KNITWEAR AND CUSTOM WORK.

Announcement    Welcome to Harpswear Textiles. Come in and look around...you will find some lovely items for your home or to send as gifts. I offer free shipping in the U.S. for any total purchase over $50.

I work in a small purple studio by our pond making usable art that will bring joy and beauty into your home. Leaning into my deep appreciation for traditional styles and techniques, my work tells a textural story through fiber and color.

For over forty years, I have made hand knit sweaters and hats along with cotton quilts and wall art. Last summer, I found a new passion in making hand painted, solid wooden Barn Quilts. All of my products are built to last, providing comfort and joy to the recipient before being passed onto others in the family as loved pieces of your shared history.

I feel fortunate to be able to express myself through color and texture and have chosen to use this platform to acknowledge and support current issues that are urgent to us all: social justice and climate change. In an effort to encourage the good that I see in the world around me, a certain percentage of each sale goes to a corresponding organization. See each listing for specifics.

I love the process of manipulating color and texture into functional art for you. All of my products are finely crafted with an eye to detail, using the highest quality materials.

As we each navigate our emergence from the pandemic and work to recreate our lives, we all have some level of emotional fatigue. I am motivated to brighten your world and make it a more colorful and comfortable space with beautiful items that can be used everyday.

If you would like something sent out of country...we can talk so that shipping costs can be assessed and applied. All items listed are ready to post immediately unless otherwise marked.

Follow me on Instagram @harpswear for shop updates and to see current works- in-progress.

Good health and peace to you and yours,
Heather

Announcement

Last updated on May 18, 2022

Welcome to Harpswear Textiles. Come in and look around...you will find some lovely items for your home or to send as gifts. I offer free shipping in the U.S. for any total purchase over $50.

I work in a small purple studio by our pond making usable art that will bring joy and beauty into your home. Leaning into my deep appreciation for traditional styles and techniques, my work tells a textural story through fiber and color.

For over forty years, I have made hand knit sweaters and hats along with cotton quilts and wall art. Last summer, I found a new passion in making hand painted, solid wooden Barn Quilts. All of my products are built to last, providing comfort and joy to the recipient before being passed onto others in the family as loved pieces of your shared history.

I feel fortunate to be able to express myself through color and texture and have chosen to use this platform to acknowledge and support current issues that are urgent to us all: social justice and climate change. In an effort to encourage the good that I see in the world around me, a certain percentage of each sale goes to a corresponding organization. See each listing for specifics.

I love the process of manipulating color and texture into functional art for you. All of my products are finely crafted with an eye to detail, using the highest quality materials.

As we each navigate our emergence from the pandemic and work to recreate our lives, we all have some level of emotional fatigue. I am motivated to brighten your world and make it a more colorful and comfortable space with beautiful items that can be used everyday.

If you would like something sent out of country...we can talk so that shipping costs can be assessed and applied. All items listed are ready to post immediately unless otherwise marked.

Follow me on Instagram @harpswear for shop updates and to see current works- in-progress.

Good health and peace to you and yours,
Heather

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About Harpswear

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On Etsy since 2014
Video summary: Here is a video of Star Light in process. Follow me on Instagram @harpswear to see where all the Harpswear products are made in Thistledown Studio.

The seed of creativity germinating in the dark

I live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest where I create functional art. I call myself an artisan, a color engineer, a crafter/maker. Thistledown Studio is my beautiful bright work space that over looks the pond and garden, inspiring me in my designs and color choices.

I taught myself to quilt when I was seventeen years old and have not looked back. Over the past forty plus years, I’ve made over 124 quilts, donating dozens to worthy causes and gifting many. Over the years I have exhibited locally and at both the Houston and Chicago International Quilt Festivals in 2018.

In my early 20's I taught myself to knit and created my own version of the multi color knitting style of Fair Isle. I make hand knit hats, sweaters, booties, animals and scarves from natural fiber yarns.

Recently, I have branched out into making wooden barn quilts. They are SO MUCH fun to make. Each barn quilt is designed and painted to be hung outdoors. However, many people find them so stunning they keep them inside for a daily splash of color.

Regardless of the medium, I am careful to choose only high quality materials. Each item is handcrafted and represents anywhere from ten to eighty plus hours of work. Decades of refinement in technique results in a level of craftsmanship that ensures a high end product.

I am fueled by a deep love of color and visual texture. Although I start with a basic plan, with art, one is never entirely sure of the final outcome. Part of what appeals to me when creating these pieces is the mystery, the adventure and the bravery it takes to start something, not know how it will turn out in the end. These things have their own minds!

Making one of a kind art craft pieces that are functional, collectible and enduring gives me great satisfaction. My offerings will be your next heirloom piece or that stunning special gift for someone on your list.

Enjoy!
Heather

Shop members

  • Heather Arps

    Creator, Designer

Production partners

  • Peggy Wilbur, Machine Quilter

    Anacortes, WA

    Peggy is a premier machine quilter with hundreds of finished quilts under her needle.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Greetings and welcome to Harpswear! I am delighted that you found my shop.
My textile work is inspired by my experience of the world around me and my love of rich saturated color and visual texture. When I am deep in my quilts or knitting...a place opens up where regular time and linear thinking are suspended. From this primal place my textile creations emerge to bring joy and comfort to others.
Please look around and ask me any questions about what you see or would LIKE to see.
I do custom work and am always open to a new project.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.

Cancellations

Cancellations: accepted

Request a cancellation: within 2 hours of purchase

Payment

My prices include tax and handling. I am charging the current USPS rates for shipping. I will check UPS pricing on larger items or at your preference. FedEx pick up is not available on island at this time.
I accept custom orders and ask 50% non-refundable down at time of order.
All items will be sent within 72 hours of payment confirmation, but usually go out the next business day that our post is opened. Please remember that I live on an island and shipping time quotes do not always apply here. IF its a rush...message me so we can find the best way to ship. Over night is NOT AVAILABLE from Lopez.

Shipping

I will ship your item the next day that our post office is open. I ship using USPS with tracking. Once it is out of my hands, actual delivery time will depend on the post office. Please keep in mind that I live on an island and as such, 'over night' shipping is not an option. Personally, I add another two days to all of my shipping plans.
If you would like me to hold a shipment, give me a send date and I will hold to ship until that time.
Shipping price is for first class or the safest recommended option. *Any extra insurance will be billed to the purchaser. My 'ship with another item' cost depends on the other item. Please ask and I will check the current rates.
I ship within the continental US. If you would like something sent out of country, please contact me about shipping and insurance costs.
* If you would like an item insured for actual value, I will have it professionally appraised at cost to you. Typical appraisal cost is roughly $100.

Additional policies and FAQs

I guarantee that I use only only high quality fabrics, thread, yarns and findings, wood, paints and sealants, as well as construction techniques in making these products to sell. My photos and descriptions are accurate and honest. What you see is really what you get..no fancy photo finish here. That said, keep in mind that we are using computers and as such, color may vary. If you need to match something, send me a swatch to match or request a swatch from me. Please note that much of my work involves pulling from vintage fabrics no longer in print. As such, many fabrics may not be available for swatches. However, I will do everything I can to ensure a happy match of your dream and my product.
For a special occasion, I can create a custom piece (label on quilts, color of materials, buttons) on request. Please contact me with any inquiries.
I gladly accept custom orders, However, due to the time involved, I require a 50% non refundable down payment in order to start the project. All items are hand made by me only and take multiple hours. "Rush" orders are accepted at additional charge. Contact me to see if it is possible to rush an item. Please understand that a hand knit child's sweater size 2 involves approximately 85 hours of work and can take two months or more to complete. Likewise, a queen sized quilt can up to three months to create, not including finish quilting time. I will do everything I can to help ensure that you have what you want when you need it!
Questions? I am happy to answer questions about what you see in my shop.

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More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I happily accept commissions for cloth quilts, knitted items or painted wooden barn quilts. We can work together to decide on pattern, materials, color, and final finishes. I have an extensive collection of fabrics, yarns and paints.
All Barn Quilts measure 25.5 inches square and can be made in your choice of colors.
I like to push my artist boundaries so please ask any questions. You are under no obligation to purchase. Curiosity is a good thing!

Sizing details

Quilt measurements are exact once completed and listed. Please measure your bed or wall to be sure of the size. Include any over hang on the sides.
All measurements on knitted items are also exact. I have found that sizing for sweaters and hats is a moving target. I will give the 'accepted' size along with actual measurements for garments. Please keep in mind that my yarns are 100% wool yarns and are HAND WASH only unless otherwise noted. They WILL shrink considerably if machine washed. Unless you have a doll needing a new sweater or hat, please follow care instructions carefully. All buttons are child safe.
Barn Quilts are built for outdoor use and are safe for indoor hanging. All materials are of highest quality.

Care instructions

Every item created comes with care instructions. All products are built to last when instructions are followed.
Damage through regular care will be an anomaly and beyond my control.
All fabrics are 100 % quality cotton pre-washed fabrics from reliable design houses.
My primary yarns are from a very reliable mill in Maine. I have used their materials for over two decades with no problems. Please keep in mind that wool will shrink if improperly handled.
Barn Quilts are built using high quality materials.
My standards are high. Time spent making products ranges from 10-90+ hours. I create high quality functional art intended to last. Each finished piece is something special to hand down through the years.

Gift wrapping and packaging

YES!! I love to gift wrap...let's talk. I can also add a special card with your words.