Monday, 22 September, 2014

Craft Central in the capital

You’re in for a treat Wellington – this year’s Craft Central Artisan Market is being held in the beautiful St James Theatre Gallery, on Saturday 4 October.

Craft Central aims to champion New Zealand’s entrepreneurial spirit and with over seventy local stallholders, including a whole host of Felt favourites, this will be a memorable day. Here are just a few of the Felt makers you can meet there…

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And it pays to be there bright and early! The first fifty people through the door will receive a free Craft Central Artisan Market goodie bag full of items donated from the stallholders.

Discover Wellington’s talented artisans, meet the makers and partake in a range of fantastic workshops at Craft Central: 10am–3pm, Saturday 4 October at the St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro.

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Friday, 19 September, 2014

Scrub up for sunny weather

It’s nearly that time… that time when we start exposing pale winter skin to the world again. We reckon the best way to feel gorgeous is to start with a good scrub to slough off winter.

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With gorgeous handmade skincare products like these, your skin will love you and you’ll be a bathing beauty in no time. Check out all of our bath and beauty products for more ways to pamper yourself.

swanwear

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Fresh on Felt

 
Modern looks take the spotlight this week in our line-up of fresh new Felt sellers. There are all sorts of goodies coming on board though, so make sure you have a leisurely browse.

designer decor and original art

peoplelikeus – cool modern urban art prints
dyenumber2 – gorgeous handmade crochet bowls
littletables – hand crafted furniture using native timbers and select imported timbers

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

ericasmith – bright and modern crafting kits
mwcreative – sweet personalised name illustrations for children
absoloodlenz – engaging kid-friendly clock designs

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

barkerwild – stylish bohemian and animal inspired creations
worddesign – vintage and nature inspired jewellery with quotes, words and art
littletinker – colourful and creative chainmail inspired earrings
aniram78 – beautifully fine hand knitted shawls

gifts and goodies

sophieoiseau – amusing cards with bad puns, strange facts and odd creatures
papercuts – gorgeous gift tags
pippoandmonkey – colourful cotton christmas stockings
beautyfields – vegan natural skin lightening soaps
miri1984 – bright handmade greeting card sets
nuttykins – delightful handmade cards with a button theme

 
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Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

Papa was a rolling stone…

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Featured seller: BillDan

Tina of BillDan describes her products as tools for kitchen survival and productivity. Located in north west Auckland BillDan‘s focus is on offering unique, substantial and lasting kitchen products, with lashings of Kiwi ingenuity.

BillDan beer crate magnetic knife holder

What do you make?
I design and build magnetic knife racks, knife blocks and chopping boards.

What inspires you?
My surroundings – I’m lucky to live in the countryside, inspired by the natural beauty of where we live. It is such a peaceful and relaxing place to live and work from. I love recycling timber such as the old ABC beer crates, railway sleepers and old fencing battens – giving them another life and purpose is cool. And I love to invent stuff.

How did you get into your craft?
Well, I’ve always loved making things and one Christmas a few years ago my sister asked for a piece of timber so she could make a knife holder to get her sharp knives out of the draw. I decided at that point to design and build this for her as a Christmas pressie. I can’t say it was the most spectacular piece of work I’ve done but it went down a treat!

I thought about the idea of this and pottered away in the shed refining the design. I made one for my kitchen and people loved it. So here I am today – my range has grown quite a bit since then. Here’s a picture of the first BillDan knife block, and some examples of what I’m producing now…

Tina's first knife block

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Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
No. I’ve just learnt as I’ve gone along. But I’ve always been very handy. I love to fix and build things and timber is such an amazing and rewarding material to work with.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
Hmmm! Have fun, create and use your imagination because everything is possible!

Describe your workspace
I work from home and I have a beautiful shed that is lined and insulated. Natural light comes through the skylights and the windows that look out over the surrounding farmland. Little birds come in and visit and poop on some of the work-benches (bit annoying) but oh well!

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
My favourite tool is my sanding machine. This can turn a motley piece of timber into a work of art in a few minutes. Clamps – you can never have too many of these as the process of building a chopping board involves precise clamping and gluing. It’s very satisfying when you get everything lined up perfectly.

billdan tina at work

Five words that describe your mind:
Purposeful, determined, motivated, tidy, organised.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
“I just wanted to tell you how much Mum and Dad love their new knife block! They both think it’s perfect and are very stoked! I can tell it’s going to get lots of use, haha. We found a great spot for it, and it looks really good on the wooden walls. I’ve attached a couple of pictures so you can see how awesome it is! Thanks again so, so much.”

Your favourite childhood book.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss.

What are you reading now?
How to make home brew beer…

Who is you hero/heroine?
Currently its Scott Donaldson – the crazy dude who rowed his kayak from Australia to NZ this year! What a amazingly brave man!

A favourite quote?
If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well…

Do you have any pets?
Yip! Three dogs, one cat, six chickens and one hundred cows!

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
Some beautiful wooden butter knives – I loved their shape, smoothness and natural timber grain.

You can see more of Tina’s stylish BillDan knife holders and kitchenwares in her Felt shop here.

BillDan white oak longboard prize draw

Tina has very kindly offered this gorgeous white oak chopping board (above) to one lucky Felt blog prizewinner, an absolutely beautiful piece. If you’d like to be in the prize draw, just leave a comment below telling us what inspires you about BillDan and Tina’s story and products. The draw will be made on Friday 26 September and is open to New Zealand residents only.

Thursday, 11 September, 2014

Spring looks

Spring has come to fashion on Felt, with a fresh range of gorgeous handmade New Zealand womenswear.

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Treat yourself to a gorgeous new spring outfit (or several!) from our stand-out range of women’s clothing. There’s something to suit everyone’s style.

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Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

Fresh on Felt

 
Colour and design make a statement this week in every section of our roll-call of fresh new sellers. Go on, have a leisurely browse over a cuppa!

designer decor and original art

nutmeg72 – colourful decoupage and papier mache art
lacampbell – classic abstract and landscape paintings
ladushka57 – lovely hand painted homewares and decor items
redhotart – stylish vintage style label paintings
mythreesons – whimsical printed pillowcases

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

stickytiki – vibrant hand painted mural kits, printed on fabric adhesive
edward_eska – wonderfully characterful kitty mobiles
littlelove – lovely hand crocheted accessories for children
babybunting – sweet hand embroidered felt baby shoes
silverfox – cute crocheted booties for newborns
peterpiper – imaginative made to order toy castles and dolls’ houses

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

lovewinternz – striking boutique jewellery
madewithlove-nz – gorgeous vintage inspired, rockabilly and pinup headwear
twilight1129  – fashionable crocheted summer hats
magpiecollec – bright and practical beanies
tidal – beautiful bracelets featuring semi-precious stones

gifts and goodies

sheepychill – stunning designs and artistic works on paper and textile items
diverted – repurposed timber given new life as beautiful products

 
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Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

Greyscale

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Friday, 5 September, 2014

E koekoe te tui

Tui cavorting, singing and enjoying the nectar of fresh new blossoms are one of the delights of spring. We took a walk though our listings and found that our talented makers have been inspired to produce some striking creations featuring this gorgeous muse.

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hollyroach

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Felt is the home of beautiful handmade kiwi (and tui!) products and we love the inspiration our makers take from our country and its taonga. Take some time to go bird watching amongst our listings and you’ll be delighted by what you find.

missyjane

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

Fresh on Felt

 
Gorgeous jewellery highlights our line-up of fresh new seller this week, including jewellery making classes in the Auckland region. Make sure you take a browse through all of newest makers’ creations though, as there are plenty of handmade treats to choose from.

live handmade

bushjeweller – auckland-based jewellery workshops and tuition

designer decor and original art

sandlz – colourful and uplifting glass art for your home
heartnote – lovely hand-poured candles made from the highest quality soy wax

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

hooray4sparr – cute and colourful wheatie bag bears, sales supporting TEAR Fund

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

lemonpepper – fabulous flower brooches in a variety of gorgeous styles
twnz – unique gemstone and silver artisan jewellery
multiversenz – cute and original laser-cut wooden earrings
peranoscarf – versatile snap scarves with endless styles in one scarf

gifts and goodies

whimsy – ecclectic handcrafted accessories and treasures
kookykrafts – sweet gifts, treat boxes and decorative items
lil1dogwear – stylish designer dogwear for smaller dogs

 
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