Thursday, 26 March, 2015

Study in scarlet

yhodesign

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bigbunny

piccalilli

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

Fresh on Felt

artistnz

praktis

treegiftsnz

 
We’ve got Kiwi themes headlining our fresh sellers this week, but we also have everything from stylish LED lighting to gorgeous dolls’ houses, so make sure you check them all out!

designer decor and original art

appledrop – innovative lighting products and homewares
artistnz – stunningly detailed artwork featuring native birds
hannajayne – highly textured artworks featuring appealing animals

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

cr8ivityplus – gorgeously detailed laser cut dolls’ houses and toys

 

cr8ivityplus

appledrop

baglady

clothing, jewellery and accessories

praktis – beautiful artisan silver and copper jewellery
theiamania – lovely drop earrings featuring semiprecious stones
jotigerlover – fun and colourful ruffle scarves
dani – elegant jewellery with geometric inspirations
stellagrey – steampunk inspired necklaces
baglady – appealingly adorned crochet cotton shoulder bags
whitepeony – sweet handmade glass dome earrings
ileanamm – colourful small bags in crochet and cotton fabrics

gifts and goodies

fortheloveof – luxurious handmade skincare
treegiftsnz – unique, eco friendly and stunning live tree gifts
oftheflowerz – seductive perfumes, oils, bath products and herbal remedies
journey – beautiful stationery and gift ware featuring gorgeous photography
melhunger – Pure Freedom Skincare, free from harmful chemicals

 
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Thursday, 19 March, 2015

Cooler nights made warm and snuggly

Brrr! There’s been a distinct drop in overnight temperatures around here of late. In our household, this means that the extra duvet has been dragged out, the “cat-o-meter” has gone off (the cat starts trying to get under the covers at night) and hotties are being eyed-up speculatively.

Be prepared! There’s nothing worse than facing the first cold night of autumn and realising your hottie has sprung a leak, or its old worn cover hasn’t magically regrown over the summer. Check that hottie over now and make sure it has a lovely cover you’ll want to hug.

Our makers have some really gorgeous hottie covers to choose from, so take your pick and snuggle up in style in the cold months ahead…

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First up we have Dean from hot water bottle specialists Real Hotties. Dean’s a handsome devil to snuggle up with of a evening, and he’s even been upcycled from a woollen jumper, so you know he’s got heart.

Or how about one of these snuggly characters from Zippitydoodah? Made from 100% wool vintage blankets, they’re sure to make the heat last.

The Adventures of Alex O & Co have some real beauties to check out too. These covers combine lasting warmth with real style – and aren’t the colours gorgeous?

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There’s a lovely variety of hot hottie styles available from our talented makers, so have a browse and find your one true hottie on Felt! (You never knew we were a dating service did you?)

Remember folks: get ready, get through – sort your hottie situation now and get through winter in comfort.

thequirkykat

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015

Fresh on Felt

nesting

raewynpope

fotographie

 
Awesome art, elegant homewares and some lovely things for the kids this week – as well as an eclectic range of other goodies to explore. Check out our latest crop of fresh sellers!

designer decor and original art

fotografie – simple, elegant and restful photographic art
juanodellair – inspiring Argentinean-influenced art and art products
elsiebee – modern and bold cushion covers
dgdesigns – beautiful and unique cushions in an elegant colour palette
raewynpope – sweet and appealing prints of animal watercolours
locoloco – beautiful quilts made from quality fabrics
nzfabrics – bold and colourful cushion covers, something to suit every room
soulciety – intricate, spiritual and inspirational art on paper

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

littlelinks – sweet hats an dress-ups in crochet for wee ones
funworxx – picture books designed to teach children about emotions and life skills
dja – cute, bright and cuddly toy owls
megsdesigns – baby singlets with hand appliquéd designs
mysclothing – gorgeous clothing for children and sweet dolls’ clothes
nesting – toys and dress-ups for open-ended play and exploration

 
juanodellair

littlelinks

karkt

clothing, jewellery and accessories

novo – modern, contemporary jewellery
thenightjar – elegant, wearable, beautiful rings
karkt – gutsy and functional bags made from strong recycled materials

gifts and goodies

bohemianblue – quirky prints and silverware with historical and sci-fi themes
rhinoandco – on-trend digital prints, photographic pieces, invitations, and more
handmade4you – personalised wire coathangers for that special occasion
ckootdesign – limited edition letterpress prints and greeting cards
jalbc – whimsical miniatures for fairy gardens, miniature gardens and terrariums

 
bohemianblue

Monday, 16 March, 2015

Featured Seller: Julia Marin Jewellery

Julia Marin hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She came here travelling seven years ago and fell in love with New Zealand, the people and a more laid back way of living. She soon decided to change the city life in Buenos Aires for a more relaxed existence in beautiful Piha, near the Waitakere Ranges.

Designing and making jewellery is Julia’s passion. The themes of her jewellery mix traditional techniques and styles learned in Argentina with the experiences of her New Zealand life and the inspiration of New Zealand flora and fauna.

julmarin aroha ring

julmarin hoop earrings

What do you make?
I design and hand make custom jewellery in silver and gold, delicately crafted in traditional jewellery techniques – from my work bench to you!

How did you get into your craft?
I am not quite sure to be honest… I’ve always been interested in creative activities, from sewing and knitting to ceramics, drawing and painting. My mum and dad are both artists and I guess since I’ve always been around “the making of things” I fell into it while looking for ways of expressing myself, but I am not completely sure! All I know is that it started over ten years ago…

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I studied fashion design at university in Buenos Aires (where I am originally from) and I studied traditional jewellery techniques at the National Jewellers Association, in Buenos Aires as well. In New Zealand I trained in stone setting.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Silver and gold are my favourite materials and I buy them from New Zealand’s most trusted silver and gold bullion retailer, which is warranty of good stuff! Whenever I incorporate copper or brass in my designs, it is recycled piping or scrap metal from old building materials. (I love doing little hunts for hidden treasures!)

My favourite process is hand making from scratch. Hammering, sawing, soldering, using my hands along with my tools, bending and curving the metals, creating a piece from zero.

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julmarin poppy rings

julmarin diamond ring

julmarin desk

What inspires you?
Anything can inspire me. Sometimes is a particular situation or a life experience I am going through; sometimes is all the beautiful things around. It could be anything, although I would confidently venture to say that being active is the most inspiring thing, the more you make the most creative you become and ideas just flow. You no longer have to look for them, because they come to you.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I am not sure really, I would say that maybe more than a “philosophy” there is an “idea” behind my work, that is more like the essence of what I make. I think in my case it has to do with simplicity, femininity, minimalism and passion for creativity. I think a little bit of all these things can be seen in all my pieces.

Describe your workspace:
I have a little studio room at home in Piha, where I live. In it I have my work bench with all my tools. I have some images on the walls and more tools, plants and books as well as my sewing machine. Piles of fabric and boxes with metal, work in process everywhere.

julmarin studio love

julmarin at work

julmarin black oyster ring

Five words that describe your mind:
Restless and a bit complicated.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
The feedback from customers is one of the most rewarding things about being a maker. Any feedback is always very encouraging.

What are you currently listening to?
Kool And The Gang, I am feeling funky!

What’s your favourite childhood book and why?
My dad used to read us Roald Dahl stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches were my favourites, they are crazy amazing adventures!

What are you reading now?
A book about Yoga.

Who is your hero/heroine?
Anyone that is humble and does things for others without expecting something back is a “hero” or someone I‘d admire for sure. Currently I feel mind-blown by the Sea Shepherd volunteers risking their lives fighting for animal rights.

A favourite quote:
“No dejes para mañana lo que puedes hacer hoy.” It means “Don’t leave it for tomorrow if you can do it today.” It motivates me when I am feeling not very active!

julmarin woven ring

julmarin the jewellers office

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
I would love to be able to turn things into metal with a wiggle of my nose, haha! I‘d be Silverella.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
Mmmm, this is a hard one because 90% of my purchases are either handmade things or op-shop finds. I can’t remember but it was probably a card Illustrated by my friend Eloise White (Crafty Love Studio), or a stamp from Sandra Waine. Both incredibly creative and talented!

Julia is currently working towards an exhibition exploring New Zealand native flowers, together with Eloise White of Crafty Love Studio. The exhibition will be held at the West Coast Gallery in Piha in December. And she’s just featured on TVNZ’s latest episode of Neighbourhood (series 4, episode 2), about folk from all over the world who call New Zealand home (Julia’s interview starts at 15:30).

Julia has also very kindly offered a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader: a gorgeous sterling silver little triangle knuckle ring worth $50 (below). To win this sweet ring, leave a comment telling us what you like about Julia’s story and her silverwork. The draw will be made on Friday 27 March and is open to New Zealand residents only.

julmarin triangle knuckle ring

Parnell’s Craft Harvest

The Jubilee Building in Parnell is the place to be at the end of the month for a fine harvest of original, hand-made crafts at Craft Harvest Market. There are all sorts of makers brought in by the harvest, including some familiar Felt faces:

lilygriffin

wraptweaving

multiversenz

Craft Harvest is also conveniently next to the Parnell Farmers’ Market – so you can get your fresh groceries along with your craft goodies.

Find Craft Harvest in the Jubilee Hall, Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road on 28 March from 8am – 11.45am (it runs on the fourth Saturday of every month). See what’s on offer each month on their Facebook page or visit their Parnell Trust page here.

happygoknitty

Friday, 13 March, 2015

Gorgeous new work from Tinykiwi Prints

Love our native birds? You’ll love this. Yolanda of Tinykiwi is known for her striking and appealing geometric bird and animal prints, but the latest of her prints to catch our eye is very different and, we think, something really special. Here’s a peek:

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These gorgeous birds are just part of the whole intricate image. See the full, beautiful piece here – just click on the main image in the listing to see it pop up in full.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

Fresh on Felt

vidabella

orangetail

yabutsubaki

 
Gorgeous colours and textures in all sorts of media this week: from plants, textiles and yarns to precious gems and metals. Enjoy!

designer decor and original art

buggleprints – quirky and eye-catching typographic prints
vidabela – appealing terrariums: little ecosystems within stylish vessels
yabutsubaki – beautiful cushions made from vintage Japanese kimono and obi
didasdesign – striking portrait prints and hand bound journals and notebooks

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

bonbonkids – stylish clothes for children
karinscreatn – delightfully detailed dolls’ clothes
janecreates – sweet textile toys and accessories for wee ones
littlesugars – gorgeous baby and toddler floral headbands
fruitandnut – colourful leotards for little ones
mamoo-designs – sweet, frilly nappy cover sets
neevarose – lovely Waldorf and Steiner inspired dolls

 
hannahgraces

oreandwander

didasdesign

clothing, jewellery and accessories

hannahgraces – jewellery combining traditional techniques with modern design
seanie1995 – unique wire-wrapped crystal pendants
oreandwander – imaginative jewellery made from crystals and precious metals
nellsknits – lovely knitted pieces, custom orders available
thebucket – simple yet stunning statement beaded necklaces
oldcoachroad – elegant jewellery featuring upcycled postage stamps

gifts and goodies

senseational – luxurious handmade soap, palm oil and SLS free
bekay – humorous and appealing mixed-media greeting cards
orangetail – marvellous hand-dyed yarns for knitting and crochet

 
neevarose

Monday, 9 March, 2015

A white blank page

How many of us harbour a secret love of stationery? A passion for paper products?

didasdesign

Creative types, travellers, list-makers, diary-keepers and all sorts need a good journal or sketchbook (or both) to record their designs, ideas, plots and schemes – and we’ve found some gorgeously tempting hand bound examples here on Felt of late. Just look at the painstaking work in these hand stitched beauties!

honeydesign

metaville

emilyclose

If you love the feel of quality paper under your fingers, the soft creak of stitched binding and the scent of crisp new pages, you’ll love the hand bound books of our talented bookbinders.

Go on, treat yourself or treat a friend to the joy of a beautiful journal.

tinglevision

Thursday, 5 March, 2015

Stitch in time

A few years ago I was travelling in the UK and was lucky enough to tour the library at Queens College, Oxford. Amongst the scent of old books and leather were some wonderful treasures, but one in particular stood out for both its history and beauty – a New Testament that had been owned by Queen Elizabeth I. I held it in my hands and experienced a little thrill that I was holding something held by a queen more than four centuries ago.

The book was not just special for its ownership, though. Its cover was handsomely decorated, bound in purple velvet and embellished with intricate embroidery and sturdy bosses. Time had faded its lustre a little but it was still a stunning piece of work and I thought it a little sad that we knew its owner, but not the person who had put so much painstaking work into creating it. The Queen herself, or perhaps a lady in waiting? Maybe an artisan in a workshop, stitching in the company other craftspeople?

The art of creating beautiful embroidered book covers is not lost, and in fact we have two makers here on Felt producing gorgeous examples: the very talented Teribear and Camphor Tree. Just look at their beautiful work!

teribear

teribear

camphortree 1

camphortree

Browse these beautiful slipcover pieces, as well as gorgeous handmade journals in our journals and notebooks pages, full of examples of fantastic modern craftsmanship and traditional skills.

teribear