Saturday, 10 December, 2016

Super stockings and Santa sacks – and the best goodies to fill ‘em with

Helping Santa out this year? We’ve picked out some quality New Zealand made stockings, Santa sacks and goodies to fill them – perfect little surprises for the wee ones on Christmas morning.

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honeynspice

makingit
crazycrayons
supervery
keepers

aviva

inkandthread
objectify
deansworkshop
sandrawaine

fatspatula

 

Check out more stockings, Santa sacks, and fillers in the Felt Christmas Gift Guide »

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alexoandco

Friday, 9 December, 2016

Friday finds

Hand carved driftwood handle and recycled copper penny spoon by Jax Jewels

Speckled ceramic short spoon by Makerie NZ

Handcrafted copper and brass serving spoons by Brightonmine

Rimu salt spoon by Wood U Like

Hand carved wooden spoon by Spoons on Tiki

Hand carved driftwood handle and recycled copper penny spoon by Jax Jewels | Speckled ceramic short spoon by Makerie NZ | Handcrafted copper and brass serving spoons by Brightonmine | Rimu salt spoon by Wood U Like | Hand carved wooden spoon by Spoons on Tiki

Wednesday, 7 December, 2016

Gifts for the whole family to enjoy together

Christmas is all about family, so why not get a family you love something they’ll all enjoy together? We’ve combed our listings for gifts, games and activities to engage and delight the whole whanau and set the scene for a fun family Christmas day.

littlewhitebox

tat-upcycle

nnt

woodbotherer

ginghamgirls

Whānau ceramic heart by The Little White Box | Kid-sized picnic table by Tat-Upcycle | Yard dice by Nicky Nicky Tembo | Wooden toy slingshot with pom poms by Woodbotherer | Family birthday board by Gingham Girls

 

Peruse the Felt Christmas Gift Guide »

Check out the Felt Christmas Catalogue on Issuu »

 

Fresh on Felt

silkydesigns blog

rebeccadc blog

monrasta blog

Fresh on Felt this week: a lovely new batch of Christmas present ideas, from our brand new sellers. Grab a cuppa (can we justify eggnog yet?) and do your Christmas shopping the smart, relaxing way!

designer decor, art and homewares

rebeccadc – eye-catching, atmospheric artworks
inkytinc – clever cushion covers you or the kids can colour yourself
stillwater – creative quilted table runners and wall hangings

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

monrasta – delicate needle felted fairies
nzestilo – luscious scented candles and modern, appealing nursery products
ingastreasures – colourful and fun mobiles
henden – lovely dresses and screen printed bags and aprons for wee ones

inkytinc blog

henden blog

nzestillo blog

clothing, jewellery, accessories and skincare

sarahbeth – elegant one of a kind evening-wear
silkydesignz – beautiful hand painted silk scarves
sohosoapco – gorgeous bath and body products

gifts and goodies

hanakane – sweet heart embellishments for scrapbooking
maisonravi – artistic marbled one-of-a-kind books
aandj – appealing handmade notebooks and nourishing baby balm
lmccarthy – stylish Italian paper hand bound notebooks

sohosoapco blog

maisonravi blog

Monday, 5 December, 2016

Felt, buttons, ribbons and thread: the makings of a hand-stitched Christmas

Christmas decoration aficionado Michelle Beagle of Ms Michelley is happiest when stitching – and every one of her cute creations brings a smile to her face. She says she has been lucky enough to be surrounded by very clever creative people all her life, and what she produces now is the outcome of all they have taught her.

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What do you make?
I make individually designed and hand crafted felt Christmas decorations.

How did you get into your craft?
The same way many crafters do… by stumbling across it. I was in a store one day and looking at some mass produced, foreign made decorations and thought “I can make better than that,” went home and set about making it happen.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
None! However, creativity runs in our family. One Nan was a seamstress, the other a dance teacher, one grandfather was an artist (as is my brother when he has the time), Dad is a builder by trade and can turn his hand to all sorts of projects and Mum has been knitting, sewing and embroidering for as long as I can remember and has taught me all the skills for what I create today. As kids my brother and I were taught to be creative from an early age, and those lessons are still with us now.

Your favourite materials and tools?
Felt is my favourite medium to work with as it’s such a versatile fabric. It’s very closely followed by fabric, ribbon and buttons. I also adore using vintage cotton thread and am lucky enough to have quite a collection thanks to online purchases and very generous friends who have donated their collections to me.

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My favourite tools are my hands. They protest occasionally from being subjected to hours of drawing, cutting and hand stitching but a good rest brings them back as good as new again. I also couldn’t be without my scissors, sharp needles or my newly acquired specs… alas I have reached the age where my arms are growing shorter and my work is coming closer to my nose!

Tell us about the techniques involved in designing and producing your decorations
It usually starts with a vision that pops into my head at some ridiculous time of the night! I tend to work backwards – I can see in my head exactly how I want the decoration to look, so there begins the process of sketching it up, creating a pattern, then cutting out and stitching until it resembles how it looked in my head. It can take many attempts until I’m completely happy with the end product.

Once my design is up to scratch then I usually mark everything out on the felt and fabric and have a massive cut out session of each pattern piece. I tend to decorate each decoration and then have a big stitch together at the end. My slight (some might say more than slight) OCD tendencies dictate that everything gets done in batches of four or six… I’m just not good with odd numbers!

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msmichelley pattern blog

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What inspires you?
I am a December 1st baby and the lead up to Christmas always began on my birthday, when I got to help put up the tree. It’s memories like that, that have inspired me through the years with my decorating so I think for me it’s about creating something that will bring fond memories for other families for years to come.

Describe your workspace
My workspace is supposed to be in my office but the light isn’t suitable for hand stitching so I keep all my materials etc in the office and I work from the couch in our lounge. My side table holds my pin cushion, threads, buttons and bells and I work from three small boxes that contain my felt cut outs, fabrics, ribbons and anything else I need for each decoration. It’s all compact enough to be packed away out of sight at a moment’s notice.

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msmichelley hearts blog

msmichelley thread blog

Five words that describe your mind
Imaginative, creative, busy, cluttered, colourful.

Your favourite feedback from a customer
I have been so lucky to have super customers buy from me year after year, they have gone from being customers to being friends so I think when they tell me my decorations “spark joy” or that they “love my decorations as in LOVE LOVE LOVE them” then I know I’m doing something right.

What are you currently listening to?
Well it’s that time of the year so of course it’s Christmas music. Michael Buble is my favourite but I will also jingle on down to Kenny and Dolly’s Christmas CD.

Tell us about your pets
We have two Bichon Terrier crosses called Rosie and Noodle. They are my constant companions and frequently interrupt my creative process in their pursuit of food, pats and entertainment.

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msmichelley blue group blog

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
According to Facebook (so it’s got to be legit) my Elf name is Twinkle Pointy Toes which seems appropriate for a Christmas gal like me. My superpower would be to untangle Christmas lights at the snap of a finger, and decorate a Christmas tree with a single twirl!

What advice would your advice be for those starting out in a crafty business?
Believe in yourself and in your talent. Only produce and market goods that you are proud to call yours. Don’t take shortcuts, quality is paramount, remember it’s your name that’s going on your product and if it starts to become a chore then stop… crafting should always be enjoyable.

What’s in store for 2017?
Ha! That’s anybody’s guess, but you can pretty much guarantee there will be felt, buttons, ribbons and cotton thread involved.

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Michelle has generously offered a lovely Christmassy prize for one lucky Felt reader of a set of four adorable red and white Christmas tree decorations (see above).

To be in to win this sweet handcrafted prize, simply leave a comment telling us what appeals to you about Michelle’s story and her appealing handcrafted MsMichelley Christmas decorations. The draw will be made on Friday 16 December and is open to New Zealand residents only.

 

Shop now for Christmas at MsMichelley »

 

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It’s official: shopping local is #trending

What’s hot for Christmas 2016? Check out what’s #trending on Felt!

objectify blog

fullywoolly blog

pinkbasket blog

washhouse blog

littlewhitebox blog

Stuff stand by Objectify | Faux taxidermy by Fully Woolly | Sleeping buddy bunnies by Pink Basket | Personalised Santa sack by Washhouse | Ceramic Meri Kirihimete decoration by The Little White Box

 

Peruse the Felt Christmas Gift Guide »

Check out the Felt Christmas Catalogue on Issuu »

 

Sunday, 4 December, 2016

The handmade home: gifts for domestic gods and goddesses

Every domestic deity appreciates the value of beautifully made belongings, so Felt is the perfect place to find Christmas gifts for them. Plus, every item on Felt is made right here in Aotearoa, so you know you’re getting something special.

boa blog

Check out our curated collection of gifts for domestic goddesses and gods in the Felt Christmas Gift Guide today!

domestic gods

1. Wire-patterned glass coasters by E-Fusion | 2. Looped macrame hanger by Crafted | 3. Ceramic salad bowl by Stephen Robertson | 4. Produce bags by The Rubbish Whisperer | 5. Dutch canal house cheese boards by Nannestad & Sons

 

Peruse the Felt Christmas Gift Guide »

Check out the Felt Christmas Catalogue on Issuu »

 

thebusyfinch blog

Friday, 2 December, 2016

Friday finds

Diverted Design Xmas Tree

Ding Dong Christmas Card by Natty

Cape Gooseberry Fairy Lights by Moonlighting

Reindeer Bunting by Stoney Creek

Ply Reindeer by Wooden Spoons

Diverted Design Christmas tree | Ding Dong Christmas card by Natty | Cape Gooseberry fairy lights by Moonlighting | Reindeer bunting by Stoney Creek | Ply reindeer by Wooden Spoons

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016

Get ya geek on with our awesome homegrown geekery

Got a geek to buy for this Christmas? We’ve got the goods! Being a geek is all about unashamed enthusiasm for what you enjoy – be it movies, comics, subcultures, technologies or pastimes. We’ve got all sorts of goodies for all sorts of geeks, so make sure your geek feels truly loved this Christmas with a Kiwi made salute to their favourite fandom.

vanessax blog

Zombie apocalypse survival charm bracelet by Vannesax

geeks blog

1 Star Wars reclaimed wood cufflinks by Multiverse Designs | 2 Sterling silver Dr Who necklace by Zazing | 3 Leather mouse pad by Jennifer Strange | 4 Tiny Marvel superhero purse (Thor) by IttyBitty

 

Peruse the Felt Christmas Gift Guide »

Check out the Felt Christmas Catalogue on Issuu »

 

traceyday blog

Hand bound book by Tracey Day

Fresh on Felt

gunnagrabbit blog

cof

makerienz blog

Fresh on Felt this week: a bumper edition of all sorts of goodies, from a fine new crop of local makers. Get in quick to check out everything that’s new…

designer decor, art and homewares

makerienz – quirky, appealing and stylish ceramics
fatjacks – stylish and modern soft fabric planters
precioushand – intriguing digitally designed prints
tudedesigns – clever illustrations that play on childhood
handplayed – handcrafted timber percussion instruments and decorative items

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

marionmade – lovely baby goods, supporting vulnerable children in South Sudan
gunnagrabbit – awesome characterful soft toys and kids’ accessories
geemarie – sweet dresses, accessories and garlands for little ones
madebyle – photo/message boards and painted canvases for kids
hedgerow – whimsical paintings of cute hedgerow characters
scgbrent – bright and cheerful baby rugs
twosisters – practical swim bags, colourful artworks, and pretty bookmarks

geemarie blog

mcginns blog

handplayed blog

clothing, jewellery, accessories and skincare

mcginns – luscious, fresh and natural skincare and cosmetics
underarock – eye-catching wooden badges and magnets featuring native fauna
katsew – tote bags featuring retro fabrics and uniquely printed designs
ruyabylydia – elegant bracelets with secret morse code messages
calcifer_glass – striking handblown glass pendants

gifts and goodies

frnkithreads – pretty embroidered gifts and decor
darbeydesigns – equine themed adult colouring books and colour your own t-shirts
mollyandhawk – novelty wine bottle Christmas decorations
foxglove – beautifully bound instax photo guest books

tudedesigns blog

fatjacks blog