Monday, 29 June, 2015

Frida the feisty feathered freedom fighter

sandrawaine

Talented printmaker Sandra Waine would like you all to meet her latest feathered friend, Frida the freedom fighter! Frida’s a plucky chook, on a mission to save battery hens. She knows how good life is outside the cage and wants to liberate chickens everywhere.

30% of all Sandra’s sales of Frida teatowels will go to The Sanctuary in Matakana, to help them continue their amazing work saving battery hens and other animals.

You can join the cause and help Frida do her freedom fighting thing by getting your Frida teatowel from Sandra’s Felt shop today!

Friday, 26 June, 2015

Friday finds

meowdesigns

woodendiamon

vintagemadge

exlibris

craftnz

Laser-eyed kitten hoop art by Meow Designs | Circles chopping board by Wooden Diamond | Autumn leaves fingerless mitts by Vintage Madge | Miniature book cufflinks by Ex Libris | Croozie cat bed by Craft NZ

Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Fresh on Felt

cabinsupply

lilrenee

entwined

 
Lots of gorgeous clothing and accessories this week amongst our fresh new sellers, as well as lovely art and treats for the kids. Sit back with a cuppa and let your fingers do the browsing!

designer decor and original art

artbynatalie – original art inspired by nature, travel and children
entwined – harakeke wall hangings and wearable art
lilrenee – delightfully whimsical illustration

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

oosh – natural merino and cotton baby clothing
doodlefish – adorable lop-eared rabbit toys in bright colours and patterns
maree1962 – lambskin booties and lovely cushions
lovestrungnz – sweet felt mobiles and garlands
livstar – lovely womenswear and children’s clothing

 
alliandjo

mixipixie

lovestrungnz

clothing, jewellery and accessories

cabinsupply – quality leather accessories inspired by a love of adventure
mixipixie – cosy and stylish fingerless gloves and armwarmers
leahdesignz – elegant and comfortable womenswear
beatrice – steampunk-style cameos featuring colourful bird and cat characters
alliandjo – beautiful hand-dyed silk tops, tunics, wraps and scarves

gifts and goodies

finefelts – textural felted accessories, toys and clothing
softsculptur – colourful soft sculpture lettering and snuggly pet beds

 
doodlefish

Monday, 22 June, 2015

Featured seller: Karkt

Helen of KARKT Recycled Bags describes her family as nomadic and simple-living. Having spent almost two decades backpacking around the world, she says they know they don’t need much to live with, materially and financially. KARKT Recycled Bags aligns with their values: re-using, recycling and fixing as much as they can. They’ve come a long way from the day they first called a trucking company to ask if they had any unwanted truck tarps, only to be told they’re actually called ‘truck curtains’!

KARKT recycled bags medium messenger

What do you make?
We make funky, durable messenger and sports/gear bags from recycled truck curtains, seat belts and inner tubes.

How did you get into your craft?
In Europe, they have been making recycled bags out of truck curtains for 20 years. When we were living there I was guessing that no one in New Zealand was recycling our truck curtains. And I was right. Soon after moving back to New Zealand, I launched into designing six bags to start with and the rest is history. It is such a waste to see this extremely durable material sent to the landfill, probably never breaking down. We are feeling good about diverting something so useful and repurposing it into our awesome bags.

What do people love most about what you make?
The quality and uniqueness of our bags has been very well received from such a diverse range of people, with the bonus of them being recycled. People are being educated daily on Facebook, the internet and other media about being Conscious Consumers, knowing where your purchases come from, who made them, how much they were paid, and more people are getting sick of buying cheap imported products which don’t last and need regular re-purchasing, pushing consumerism and resource use. We are being sustainable not only by diverting landfill waste but making high quality items which will last a lifetime, but also with the professional craftsmanship of the industrial machining to craft them to last.

KARKT recycled gesr MAN bag 2

KARKT recycled bags messengers

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
No formal training but I consider myself reasonably creative. This is my fourth “career”: from TV/film production accountant, to massage therapist, to full time mum, to recycled bag artist!

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Let’s start with the least favourite – cleaning the truck curtains! Years of road grime to clean off before my favourite part of cutting the bag’s front pattern piece from the truck curtains’ graphics – what essentially will be that individual bag’s unique design.

What inspires you?
My two children, Miss Four and Master Three. They keep me going always. Literally and soulfully. Craft wise – I only have to drive out on the number one highway and see a beautiful truck curtain swish past and I get a burst of inspiration. Usually along with exclaiming the words “Ooh, that’s a good one!”

Describe your workspace:
Plural – workspaces! Most of the garage and back room stores the finished bags, half of my office is in the lounge, the massage room has also turned office… I’m well spread out. Very untidy most of the time with the priority being cleaning up after two littlies and a husband!

Five words that describe your mind:
What task gets priority next?

Karkt recycled bags workshop

Karkt recycled bags large messenger

Karkt recycled man bag

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
“I’m sick of buying cheap crap bags from China you have to replace all the time…” This gentleman’s well justified reason for buying our high quality gear bag, made in New Zealand. He was a very happy man.

What are you currently listening to?
Some old timer’s station my mother has found on the radio! (She lives with us.)

Music Tastes?
OCNO or PIA on the meditative days, Lauryn Hill on the ‘hard relationship’ days to Eminem for a good fast workout walk played loud in the head phones and Simon and Garfunkel on the sunny ‘days off’ at home relaxing.

What are you reading now? A nice easy Jodi Picoult.

Who is your hero/heroine? The Dalai Lama for sure.

A favourite quote: “Keep it stupid, simple.”

Do you have any pets? 5 chooks.

KARKT recycled bag large messenger 2

KARKT recycled gear MAN bag

What would your advice be for those starting out in a crafty business?
Just start, you will learn a lot – and enjoy it!

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
A handmade toy from a market. It was wooden, not painted, and durable. We can fix it ourselves.

What’s in store for this year?
A funky new durable school bag design to be released, and working together with 3M Group to see what other materials we can recycle into our bags. Joining lots of fun markets again next summer.

To see more of Helen and family’s upcycled, gutsy and functional bags visit their Felt shop.

Helen has generously offered a great prize for one lucky Felt blog reader: one medium messenger bag of the winner’s choice from the KARKT Felt shop, worth $135 (examples pictured below). To win this great prize, leave a comment telling us what you like about Helen’s story, philosophy and products. The draw will be made on Friday 3 July and is open to New Zealand residents only.
 

 
Karkt recycled truck photo

Friday, 19 June, 2015

Friday finds

jsart

dsdesign

fat-spatula

Sterling silver fern brooch by Jeannette Switzer Art | Flatpack giraffes by Etchie | Sunshine gold fingerless gloves by Mixipixie | Wholly coffee tables by Darren Scott Design | Wally Goes Walkabout print by Fat Spatula

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015

Patterns for yarn

While we’re featuring the beautiful hand-dyed yarns of Rosewood Wool this fortnight, we thought we’d draw your attention to the lovely range of knitting patterns and crochet patterns available on Felt. Here’s just a small selection of gorgeous knitwear and crocheted items you could be making:

honeycakes

vintagemadge

eejaydesign

amiana

We’ve got patterns for all sorts of winter projects and all sorts of recipients here on Felt – have a wander through our patterns and kits pages and find something to keep those crafty fingers busy!

kiwicraft

Fresh on Felt

collaration

tuahiwiherbs

pcdesigns

 
Awesome transformable garden furniture, elegant dog collars, goodies for the kids, tasty teas… and a whole range of other lovely treats from our fresh new sellers. Enjoy!

designer decor and original art

pcdesigns – handcrafted furniture pieces highlighting their beautiful timber grain
papercrush – lovely paper goods and upcycled vintage furniture
ahabstract – striking abstract art

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

kiwimarie – colourful and fun knitted accessories for kids
yummybubby – cosy fleece lined hats to keep little ones warm this winter
rumpadoli – fabulous carry-able chalk and drawing boards for youngsters
kuddlekraft – lovely knits for wee ones and beautiful hand-spun yarn

 
rumpadoli

superjade

kiwimarie

clothing, jewellery and accessories

yogobags – gorgeous and practical yoga mat bags
superjade – cute perler bead creations with pop culture themes
acraftyidea – great accessories from a crafty group with a charitable purpose
love2puddle – beautiful, delicate vintage-styled earrings
sewawesome – modern and vintage-inspired clothes from new and recycled fabrics

gifts and goodies

erueka – quality small batch soaps and skincare products
passioncraft – beautiful paper quilled cards
collaration – decorative and practical martingale collars for the discerning dog
ticklmyfancy – a variety of lovely handmade products – great for gifts
tuahiwiherbs – quality organic herbs made into teas, blends and skin products
giggigoofer – one-of-a-kind, hand spun yarn, made on a wheel or a drop spindle

 
yogobags

Monday, 15 June, 2015

A little attitude

On the day I was born
The nurses all gathered ’round
And they gazed in wide wonder
At the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up
Said “leave this one alone”
She could tell right away
That I was bad to the bone…

ecmapparel

makingit

biglittle

mimiandrufus

Find the perfect goodies for your little pirate or rapscallion in our awesome babies and children pages.

pommesrouge

Saturday, 13 June, 2015

Pin and win at Auckland Fair this Sunday!

sosoandcompany

Auckland Fair is on at Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf this Sunday, from 11am till 4pm. Amongst the many fabulous makers, Felt will be there with a giant pinboard and your chance to win your favourite from this gorgeous selection…

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Friday, 12 June, 2015

Friday Finds

d-funkd

honeydesign

natashacourtney

stoneycreek

bambina

Bespoke camera lamp by D-Funkd | Personalised nature notebook by Honey Design | Oak gull-winged cabinet by Natasha Courtney | Cheese fork set by Stoney Creek | Pure wool baby hat by Bambina