Friday, 31 July, 2015

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: aroha

Kia ora koutou katoa! The final instalment, day five (rima) of our exploration of maker-related kupu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, is a more generally recognised word, but one which we feel applies very well to Felt and our makers:


1. (verb) (-ina,-tia) to love, feel pity, feel concern for, feel compassion, empathise.
2. (modifier) loving, affectionate, caring, compassionate, kindly, sympathetic, benevolent.
3. (noun) affection, sympathy, charity, compassion, love, empathy.
(Definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary.)

When you purchase a handcrafted item from Felt, you know that you’re buying something that has been made with love. If there’s one thing our makers, artists, designers and craftspeople have in common, it’s aroha for what they do – a passion for their work and the ethos of local and handmade. This aroha is quite literally the heart of Felt.

Thank you for coming with us on our exploration of just a few creative kupu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – we hope you’ve enjoyed it and will keep exploring Te Reo beyond this week. Aroha nui!


Friday finds






Tui art print by Renee’s Illustration & Design | Colouring book by Reina Cottier | Maraetai Views original artwork by Robyn Lamont Art & Design | Fishing boat brooch by Bellwheel | Moose on Turquoise cushion by The Adventures of Alex O & Co

Thursday, 30 July, 2015

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: auaha

Nau mai! On day four (wha) of our exploration of maker-related kupu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we’re looking at a powerful word for makers, one which can be used as a noun, verb or modifier:


1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-tia) to shape, create, form, fashion.
Whakamahia anō ngā angaanga hei kanohi mō ngā whakairo. Ko te kōngutu o te angaanga ka auahatia hei mahi pā kahawai. (Te Ara 2012.) The shells are used for the eyes in carvings, and the lip of the shell was fashioned into a fishing lure.
2. (modifier) creative, innovative.
3. (noun) shape, form.
4. (noun) creation, formation.
(Definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary.)

We could present just about every handcrafted piece on Felt when we talk about creation, formation and innovation – but here are just a few pieces we thought encapsulated this kupu well:

Tino pai! Check in again āpōpō for the last of our Māori Language Week series of maker-related kupu and beautiful handmade taonga. Ka kite anō!


Wednesday, 29 July, 2015

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: pounamu

Kia ora tātou! Day three (toru) of our exploration of maker-related vocabulary for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, and we’re back with a noun again:



1. (stative) be dark green.
2. (noun) greenstone, nephrite, jade.
3. (noun) glass bottle – named because early bottles were green like greenstone.
(Definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary.)

Pounamu has long been valued for tools because of its hardness, and for adornment because of its beautiful range of greens, from light and mossy to greens so deep they can seem black. It also has spiritual significance and has been used by Māori to denote status and authority, as well as for making peace. Found only in the South Island, pounamu in its natural state belongs to Ngāi Tahu.

Several of our makers are inspired by pounamu in their creative work – here’s a sample of their beautiful uses of this lovely stone.

Ka pai! Keep checking in this week for more maker-related kupu and beautiful handmade taonga. Ka kite anō!


Fresh on Felt




Our fresh new sellers this week are a small but perfectly formed bunch of clever makers, so you’ll be able to check ‘em all out with ease. Get that cuppa sorted, put your feet up and enjoy!

clothing, jewellery and accessories

missmartini – fabulous corsetry and retro-styled clothing
aggieau – simple and special, beautiful hand crafted jewellery
thestudio – sterling silver cast jewellery inspired by nature
marketjel – lovely earrings fashioned from crochet and beading



children’s clothing, accessories and toys

housecat – fun hooded towels for little ones in a variety of patterns
littleangel – gorgeously colourful silk mobiles for the nursery


Tuesday, 28 July, 2015

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: whatu

Tēnā koutou katoa! It’s day two (rua) of our series of maker-related kupu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week, and nōnāianei (today) we’re looking at…


1. (verb) (-a) to weave (garments, baskets, etc.), knit.
Example: Whatua mai te aho kia kāwitiwiti, kia kātoatoa mō te oti wawe, e hine! For an earlier completion, weave the cross threads so that they taper and contract, girl! (Definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary.)

Traditionally the art of weaving – raranga – focuses on clothing such as korowai (cloaks) and practical objects like kete (baskets) and whāriki (mats). The most widely used weaving material in traditional weaving was (and still is) harakeke, New Zealand flax. The verb whatu can also refer to knitting and finger weaving.

We have such a lovely array of woven items here on Felt that it was difficult to pick just a few! Here are some pieces from our talented weavers, as well as a sampling of other items inspired by raranga.


Keep checking in this week for more handy maker-related kupu and beautiful handmade taonga. Ka kite anō!


Crafting for a cause

Here at Felt we love craft for a cause, and we think it’s awesome that Cat of Phersu Dancing Jewellery and Treasures is supporting her friend Rebecca’s mission to get to Australia for help with her rare condition, Dercum’s Disease.

Cat has created these gorgeous Spoon Theory earrings, and will donate 100% of the proceeds of the first 10 sold to help Rebecca. The Spoon Theory is a model used to describe the everyday living experience of those with a disability or chronic illness, when their condition results in a limited amount of energy for productive tasks.

These are just a few of the colourful and appealing designs – have a look in Cat’s Felt shop for more.


Monday, 27 July, 2015

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Kia ora koutou! This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week. Te Wiki is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori, add some words to their kete of vocab, and foster everyday use of te reo.

Felt’s celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with a look at some maker-related words that crop up on Felt – here is Monday’s kupu and some lovely taonga from our makers (definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary):


1. (noun) New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax – an important native plant with long, stiff, upright leaves and dull red flowers. Found on lowland swamps throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. It has straight, upright seed pods. This is a general name for the harakeke leaf and the plant itself, but each different variety has its own name.


Keep checking in this week for more handy maker-related kupu and beautiful handmade taonga. Ka kite anō!


Hutia te rito o te harakeke,
Kei whea te kōmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau,
He aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Māku e kī atu,
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!

If the harakeke heart was removed, where will the bellbird sing?
If I was asked, what was the most important thing in the world?
I would have to to reply, it is people, it is people, it is people!

Friday, 24 July, 2015

Felt is launching on PledgeMe on August 12!

Felt is about to embark on our biggest adventure yet, and we want you along for the ride! On August 12, we’re launching our very first equity crowd funding campaign, raising capital to take Felt to the next level. Watch the video above for the announcement from Felt’s founder, Lucy.

We’re really excited that crowd funding is an option for Felt because we love the idea of our shareholders being the people whose passion for making and love of local we see every day. We could have followed a more traditional investment path, but our community has been behind us from the start, and we want to give you the chance to own a piece of Felt – it’s a natural fit for Felt’s business model and ethos.

We’ll have an investment document and more information for you soon, but here’s our plan, in a nutshell:

We are offering up to 22% of Felt to our crowd (that’s you!), and we’re aiming to raise $350,000.

Our campaign will be run through PledgeMe, a New Zealand owned crowd funding site who are super supportive and really know their stuff – they’ve just successfully completed their own second round of crowd funding crowd funding.

Over the next three weeks we’ll be posting information about how you can become a Felt shareholder. If investing in Felt sounds exciting to you, join our special campaign mailing list to stay in the loop as we count down to launch day.

Friday finds






Toutouwai original watercolour by Manuka Tree Studio | Beaten copper earrings by Five Sisters | Italian Tapenade by Buoni Sapori | Modern industrial coffee table by Smithy | Fingerless gloves by Smithy