Thursday, 26 February, 2015

Stacks of beautiful rings

Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes… stacks of new jewellery ready to go!

From Zazing, we have these ingenious and intriguing double finger rings, in elegant swooping silver loops. Nikki assures us they are very comfortable and allow the full range of movement. She’s even tested them out typing, doing the dishes, cooking and driving, just to make sure!

zazing

zazing 2

And these wee copper lovelies from Ply caught our eye too – what beautiful hammered detail! Kate likes to work in simple hammered textures, as well as using stamped designs like dandelion motifs. She then treats them with patina to bring out the pattern. She reckons it’s so much fun she has to resist doing it to all of them!

ply

ply 2

There are so many beautiful rings on Felt to choose from, made here in New Zealand by our talented jewellers, you can have gorgeous jewellery wherever you go. Have a browse!

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

Fresh on Felt

rainbowsheep

littlelaneco

littlepoppy

 
Lots of cute fresh finds for babies and youngsters this week, as well as some treats for the grown-ups. Have a browse!

designer decor and original art

dootie – fabulous vintage paper bunting
hunnybunny – sweet, appealing mixed media art
lucitapeek – striking limited edition prints and original art

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

headboardart – awesome, bright and funky headboards for kids’ beds
littlepoppy – gorgeous accessories for mums and babies
littlelaneco – sweet soft soled shoes for babies
withlovenz – practical goods for mums and little ones
rainbowsheep – colourful needle felted characters, creatures, mobiles and jewellery
kirstsgroove – cute and quirky bibs and baby accessories

 
headboardart

justbe

lunasoul

clothing, jewellery and accessories

peartreedesigns – simple and elegant earrings
nzjewelry – eye-catching jewellery, handmade with quality materials

gifts and goodies

justbe – all natural, vegan artisan soaps, created with love and care
charmingnz – lovely quilts and items of comfort and joy
lunasoul – luxurious natural scented products for body and home
poki – cute handcrafted needle feltings
neathwillow – great DIY craft kits

 
lucitapeek

Monday, 23 February, 2015

Making the most of summer

We may still be feeling the heat most days, but you’ll have noticed our mornings are getting just that little bit cooler and crisper, with a touch of dew on the ground.

Yep, the seasons are starting to turn even if the leaves aren’t yet. We’re determined to enjoy the summer weather while it lasts though, so we went looking for some of our newer makers of gorgeous fashion who feel the same way.

Up first is Vintage Madge, with this beautiful lightweight cotton tunic dress with vintage embellishments.

vintagemadge

We’ve still got the weather for sleeveless dresses, and Ulala and The Dressmaker’s Wardrobe have got something to suit, whether you like things retro or modern.

tdw

ulala

These lovely tees from August Stitch and My Little Kiwi make the most of the warm weather with a breezy smart-casual feel and lovely floral embellishments.

And of course a summery skirt never goes amiss. The versatile Poppy Jane has some sweet styles in gorgeous vintage prints.

poppyjane

Tempted? Don’t forget to have a browse through all our womenswear listings for more gorgeous summery fashion while the good weather lasts!

Friday, 20 February, 2015

Knack’s back for autumn

It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but the good news for Wellingtonians is that a change in season means that Berhampore’s Autumn Knack is just around the corner. Showcasing a wide range of handcrafted items made right here in New Zealand, Knack has something for everyone.

There’ll be jewellery, natural beauty products, homewares, art, bespoke clothing and accessories, repurposed treasures and much more – and with every purchase you’re supporting local crafters and Berhampore Primary School at the same time.

The Knack magic happens twice: Friday 13 March 6pm-8pm, for a more grown-up vibe or Saturday 14 March 9.30am – 1.30pm, for all the craft goodies plus activities for the kids.

There’ll also be music, coffee, cakes and hot food, EFTPOS available and ample free parking on-site. For more information check out the Knack Facebook page.

supervery

A-tisket, a-tasket

A-tisket, a-tasket,
A green and yellow basket.

papermoon

I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it.

needleandnail

I dropped it!
I dropped it!
Yes, on the way I dropped it.

elephantbird

A little boy he picked it up
and put it in his pocket.

honeycakes

A-tisket, a-tasket,
A green and yellow basket.

coochycoo

empire

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Fresh on Felt

speedfox

etchie

kanukaglenn

 
There’s an awesome array of art from our fresh sellers this week, amongst a bumper batch of new makers with all sorts of talents. Make sure you check them all out!

designer decor and original art

real_steel – stylish seating using upcycled steel drums
moniqueking – striking art made with Central Otago antlers
speedfox – quirky screen and letterpress prints
madeup – bright, modern patchwork cushion covers
jilliansart – beautiful and unique mosaic art
djuki – gorgeous screen and digital prints of original art, lovely homewares
oneacrewood – delightful original paintings and graphite portraits
theoac – unique prints on paper and pillowcases
kanukaglenn – beautiful rustic art work on canvases of recycled materials
scollective – stylish stencil art on vinyl records
helenjoy – quality cushions in a variety of fabrics and patterns

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

nzremade – upcycled treasures with Chinese and Brazilian influences
maryjane – colourful storage solution for toy car collections
tdmy – cute crochet flower hair clips

 
djuki

woodenjeff

real_steel

clothing, jewellery and accessories

geekybling – unique, quirky jewellery with geek appeal
marjorie1 – practical, capacious and colourful tote bags
wrapturegems – beautiful silver wearable art jewellery pieces
changetogreen – lovely bags and pouches made from pure, organic and ethically sourced cotton

gifts and goodies

woodenjeff – beautiful utensils and homewares made from up-cycled wood
etchie – modern and appealing lasercut keyrings and mobiles
fatquarter – snuggly chunky knit blankets
prettyvintge – lovely fragranced soy candles in vintage and re-purposed vessels
terrariums – DIY terrarium kits featuring cute signature shrooms
happyskinnz – natural and healthy handcrafted soaps and lotions

 
wrapturegems

happyskinnz

Monday, 16 February, 2015

Featured seller: Wrapt Weaving

Jenni Shah’s love for yarn came about as a result of sitting at her Nan’s knitting machine as a child – and the absolute certainty that she needed a football scarf made by her own hand. A lot goes into her Wrapt Weaving creations: there is more than half a kilometre of yarn in a scarf or runner, a blanket has 800 metres, and a whole kilometre of yarn goes into one of her gorgeous wraps!

Wrapt Weaving iPad cover

What do you make?
I make hand woven objects to wear and for the home. Everything from blankets and scarves to bags and table runners, pillows… you name it!

If it is made from a fabric then it has been woven. I use rigid heddle looms to weave on – a loom has the job of keeping a whole lot of long threads under tension, while the rigid heddle makes the job of going under-and-over those threads easier.

How did you get into your craft?
I started to weave when I lived in the Cook Islands, on a beautiful island called Aitutaki. We were living there with our three small children and I had some time on my hands. I wanted a floor mat as a souvenir, but none were available for sale, so I decided to learn.

I had help from a group of craft ladies, led by the formidable ‘Auntie’ Josie. She guided me through the process, and the best fun was learning the techniques and at the same time reintroducing them to the craft group as it was uncommon to see mat weaving.

Wrapt Weaving aitutaki mat weaving

Wrapt Weaving pacifica motifs on a scarf

After a few years in the tropics we moved to Melbourne where materials were scarce and the climate was very different. I thought about mat and basket weaving using plastics, but stumbled across rigid heddle weaving instead and got the tingle. Suddenly we were inundated with scarves and blankets and I had more ideas in my head than I knew what to do with!

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
No. I have always taught myself, learning and discovering as I go. The internet is also full of teachers, with many different methods of doing things so it is like being a part of a giant world-wide cooperative group.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
My first loom was made from a picture frame and some ice-block sticks! It was actually quite effective, but I caught the bug pretty badly and now I have two Ashford rigid heddle looms of different sizes. My newest toy is a yarn winder that my Nana has just given me.

Wrapt Weaving my first home made loom

Wrapt Weaving table runner

What inspires you?
Yarn inspires me! Usually my project inspiration comes from seeing an amazing yarn online or in a store and thinking “I have to do something with that!” Having said that, working with a range of materials inspires me too. I have worked with jute twine and cotton, supermarket shopping bags, linen, wool, alpaca, silk, raw fleece, cashmere, possum… there are no limits to the materials that can be used in weaving and that is really exciting.

Texture and weight also inspires me – from super thick wool roving to gauze-like merino, coarse jute twine to super smooth silk.

Also, I am currently working on a range of wraps and scarves based on the colours and textures of New Zealand birds. I am fizzing about the possibilities with this.

Describe your workspace:
I would love to say that it is harmonious and peaceful but it is not! I have a corner of our dining room to weave in, do business in and run the family in. I try to stay neat and tidy but things regularly get out of control – sounds like a new year’s resolution!

Five words that describe your mind:
Overflowing, fizzing, bouncing, impatient, wistful.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
A customer that ordered a large custom set of linen napkins and described them as “such a treat.” I really liked that.

wraptweaving linen napkins

Wrapt Weaving key fob bracelet

What are you currently listening to?
If I need calming and focusing, a brilliant piece by Arvo Part called Spiegel Im Spiegel. Search it up in YouTube if you want to see the most amazing, moving ballet. We were lucky enough to watch the Royal Australian Ballet perform it, to this music, on Hamilton Island as the sun set. It was an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime. On the other hand, if I want to get going I listen to OneRepublic – I love their song “I lived”

Recommend an album:
OneRepublicNative and Emelie Sande – Our Version of Events.

What are you reading now?
I am re-reading (for the 20th time) the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series. I love historical fiction.

Who is your hero/heroine?
My mum is my heroine – she is indefatigable, ever moving forward, ever positive, ever focused on the next thing. My husband deserves a shout out too for supporting me as I go through the journey of being a small business owner (and for putting up with the mess!).

Wrapt Weaving lace weight merino scarf

A favourite quote:
We have a fridge magnet that has lived with us in three countries now: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” I always feel reassured when I see it – it’s a bit of a talisman!

Do you have any pets?
Our handsome grey cat called Smudge came from Melbourne with us when we moved home. We adopted him from the RSPCA in Oz and couldn’t leave him behind. He is such a mummy’s boy.

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
I would be the Systemiser! My power would be to organise at the flick of an eyebrow, and find exactly what I want at a wink! And I would wear a hot red dress!

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
I went on a handmade splurge in December and bought an apron from Rose Rouge for my mother-in-law, a vintage fabric bag from Oaktree Mama for my girlfriend’s 40th and a print from Varvar2076 of Mt Tongariro for my husband. In all cases it was the colours that grabbed me.

You can meet Jenni at the Devonport Craft Market (first Sunday of the month) and Parnell’s Craft Harvest Market (4th Saturday of the month) or check out her beautiful work anytime in her Felt shop.

Wrapt Weaving tote bag made from reused supermarket bags

Jenni has very kindly offered a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader: this clever and smart-looking tote bag worth $39, handwoven by her using supermarket shopping bags. To make these bags plastic supermarket bags are cut up and used as a yarn, which Jenni calls plarn (plastic yarn). Strong and stylish, they are fantastic recycling as twenty supermarket bags are used to weave the fabric for one tote. Great for a reusable shopping bag, at the beach or the pool, they will also be available soon at Wrapt Weaving.

To win this marvellous prize just leave a comment telling us what you like about Jenni’s story and her work. The draw will be made on Friday 27 February and is open to New Zealand residents only.

Supermarket Bags Cut Up For Weaving

Sunday, 15 February, 2015

Create for a cause – and great prizes!

Here’s a challenge to get the creative juices flowing, crafters: the Craft Central Create for a Cause Competition gives makers the chance to use their craft skills to change babies’ lives, and be in to win great prizes!

Divisions include:

Best bunting for a child’s room
Best bag or purse
Best knitted or crocheted creation
Best handmade child’s toy
Best handmade birthday card
Best child’s craft creation (under 14 years old)

After judging all entries will be sold at the Little Sprouts Easter Country Fair to raise funds for the Little Sprouts Charitable Trust. The fair is held annually at the Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Wellington, and this year takes place two weeks before Easter on Sunday 22 March from 10am to 2pm.

You can deliver a postal entry, or take your entry to one of the the drop off points listed here. Entries close 8 March 2015. You can see the great range of prizes, including some fantastic contributions from our own awesome Felt sellers (check them out below) and find more information on the Little Sprouts Easter Country Fair website.

firecracker

joemcmenamin

libbydid

Saturday, 14 February, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day

Have a great day, lovebirds. :-)

tinykiwi_prints

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015

Fresh on Felt

kathdwyer

makershop

dipdesign

dearlola

 
How could we resist a Valentine’s line-up this week? Our fresh new sellers have just the thing. We’ve also got gorgeous clothes for wee ones and a lovely array of other goodies.

designer decor and original art

mcdowellally – jazzy cushions in gorgeous patterns
dipdesign – beautiful prints from the State of Heart art series
kanukaglenn – gorgeous artworks of New Zealand birds and other subjects
littlerabbit – beautiful wall art using upcycled materials
smittyz11 – retro recovered household furniture and accessories
makersshop – striking and stylish digital prints

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

sewfreda – sweet skirts for little ones
houseofwoo – lovely sundresses, boys range coming soon!
violetberry – practical and creative clothing for children
sixlittlegems – beautiful organic baby clothing
tellayarn – lovely crochet accessories made with beautiful yarns

 
violetberry

lauraquaid

clothing, jewellery and accessories

ullame – beautiful sterling silver chainmail jewellery
urband83 – appealing urban handmade headwear
lauraquaid – pretty and colourful handwoven friendship bracelets

gifts and goodies

dearlola – delightfully whimsical printed toys, homewares and accessories
emmakelly05 – hand poured soy candles in stylish glass jars
kathdwyer – original, vintage-style ceramic bunting

 
littlerabbit

kanukaglenn