Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

OMG, the cute!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

They’re small, they’re bunnies, and they are awesome… Oh! And they like toast… yes, plain bread toast.

onpoki

 

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Go on, gimmie a kiss!

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

kiwicuddlies blog

 

More crochet characters from Kiwi Cuddlies »

 

Could this be the perfect weekend?

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

A winter’s day, a comfy chair, a good book and a cosy blanket – heaven! :-)

Bobbie and Joe make super-snuggly blankets and throws, and we’ve got them here on Felt for you to cosy up in. Get yours today!

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A humble hedgehog, hand painted, stitched and crocheted by Sandee Hjorth

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Hand painted fabric wall art with crochet frame by Sandee Hjorth

This little chap is one of a collection of hand painted motifs on fabric by Wellington designer Sandee Hjorth. He is painted on fabric, stitched with quilted detail and framed in crochet – a miniature piece of art, intricately crafted. Hang this one on your wall or commission your own – Sandee also creates custom pieces.

Hand painted fabric wall art with crochet frame by Sandee Hjorth

Hand painted fabric wall art with crochet frame by Sandee Hjorth

Hand painted fabric wall art with crochet frames by Sandee Hjorth

 

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Featured seller: Houseshoes

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Talented yarn wrangler Jina Voyce of White Noise Maker (known on Felt as Houseshoes) produces gorgeous made-to-measure crochet slippers for men and women, as well as very snuggly mittens. Her robust construction techniques, combined with interesting ornamentation and vibrant colour schemes mean her creations are practical and attractive – just the thing for these chilly winter days!

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What do you make?
I make crocheted slippers, hand-knitted mittens and accessories. I also felt.

How did you get into your craft?
I started knitting at an early age – a skill I was taught by my mother. More recently, I taught myself to crochet.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I have no formal training in knitting or crocheting, but I come from a very artistic family; making things with our hands is commonplace. I’m also an architectural graduate. I find my work with architecture really feeds in to many aspects of White Noise Maker, from design to business and marketing.

Your favourite tools, materials and processes?
I make my own patterns, so a big part of my process is developing new designs. Otherwise my process is fairly simple, I use a pair of crochet hooks and a variety of different yarns.

What inspires you?
A lot of things inspire me. For instance, I love classic footware designs; sneakers, loafers, Mary Janes etc. I like to incorporate aspects of these classic looks into my own designs.

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Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I like products that look clean and simple, which is not easy to achieve. I spend a great deal of time making patterns that eliminate and simplify seams, as opposed to adding elaborate decorative ornaments. Comfort is also important, so my designs always progress with this key concern in mind.

Describe your work space:
I work anywhere I can get a minute – usually in my lounge or at the dining room table.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
I love it when customers report that my slippers stay on their feet most of the time – they ‘live in them”. One customer wrote “Quyana Cakneq”, which I understand to mean “thank you” in Native American – I love that my slippers reach the far corners of the world, from Alaska to Dubai, and I really appreciate it when customers send a piece of that place back to me.

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What are you currently listening to?
Little Son: “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches” is a current favourite. I usually shuffle songs on my phone on the way to work – Beastie Boys, Beck and The Pixies always feature at some point.

Recommend an album: Bass Player by Rhombus.

Who is your hero/heroine? My Mother – she lives for arts and crafts

Do you have any pets? No.

What would your advice be for those starting out in a crafty business?
Like any endeavour, enjoy what you do, but take your work and your business seriously. Expect to succeed and more importantly, be prepared to succeed. You never know just how much business will come your way when trading online.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
So many things. I own The Kobuk scarf, made by Ozetta. I bought a personalised child’s story book from Lostmyname for my daughter which is brilliant. The handmade item I cherish the most is the Booming Root Crochet Necklace made by Uloni.

Most recently I bought a superhero cape, cuffs and mask from Minka from here on felt. It was for my daughter’s superhero birthday party. The quality is excellent (so was the packaging). Kari kindly worked with me for customisation of her handmade products. I am a true believer of buying handmade directly from the makers.

What’s in store for the coming year?
I’m developing some new items at the moment – as David Bowie said: I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.

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You can see more of Jina’s cosy winter slippers and accessories in her Felt shop.

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Jina has kindly offered this winter-warming prize for one lucky Felt blog reader: the Mushroom Hat, a lovely crocheted beanie hat worth $50 (pictured below). With no flappy bits or dangly parts, this is a straight-up, no-nonsense beanie hat that offers clean lines, quality detailing with a comfortable fit. To win this excellent prize, leave a comment telling us what you like about Jina’s philosophy and her creations. The draw will be made on Friday 31 July and is open to New Zealand residents only.

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Patterns for yarn

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

While we’re featuring the beautiful hand-dyed yarns of Rosewood Wool this fortnight, we thought we’d draw your attention to the lovely range of knitting patterns and crochet patterns available on Felt. Here’s just a small selection of gorgeous knitwear and crocheted items you could be making:

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We’ve got patterns for all sorts of winter projects and all sorts of recipients here on Felt – have a wander through our patterns and kits pages and find something to keep those crafty fingers busy!

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Woolly blues

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Hi, my name is Jo and I’m a knitwit. There it is, I’ve said it. I work for New Zealand’s home of handmade and I do not possess the powers of yarn-wrangling. I have not the fibre foo. My knitting is knotted.

I can knit a few basic stitches at an embarrassingly slow speed, but when I really fall over is as soon as a mistake happens. If a stitch glitch befalls me, I’m lost. I’m a goner. I lack the kind of mathematical/puzzle-solving/pattern-recognising brain to sort it out. Such is my crafting shame.

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Anyway, woe is me, bring out the tiny fluffy violins, ya de ya de yah. I have the good sense to know when I’m beat (or maybe not, after more than half my lifetime’s trying) and I’ve given away my needles and concentrated on the maker-y skills I do seem to have the brain/co-ordination for.

What I’m trying to say (apart from having a bit of a maker-moan) is that I have the utmost, sincere, awe-filled respect for knitters. Crocheters too. Lucy, my Mum, numerous other acquaintances, all you clever Felt yarnsters… you lot are super-powered, honestly. You’re awesome. Give yourselves a pat on the back. (With your own gorgeous gloves on, probably.)

Thankfully I’m not left to languish in the cold without lovely handcrafted woollies though, because there’s a bevy of awesome knitters and crack-crocheters to be found on Felt. Phew!

The tough bit is choosing among their gorgeous creations – our gloves and armwarmers, scarves and shawls, hats and headwear and socks and legwarmers pages in our new jewellery and fashion category are bursting with candidates.

Be prepared and be warm this winter with lovely local handmade woolly accessories from Felt.

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Creative cushion covers

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Need a bit more cushioning in your life? We can certainly help with that! Felt has a huge range of cushions and cushion covers to choose from, but today we thought we’d give a shout-out to cushion creators Sabra Jayne and Studio K, for their gorgeous appliqué and crochet work. Just have a look at these…

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Who can resist such wonderful colours and textures, with the promise of comfort too? Find your perfect cushion match on Felt today, kick back, and relax in style!

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Featured Seller: BaldMoose

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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BaldMoose is the quirky moniker for jeweller and crafter Eileen Leahy’s personality-filled range of jewellery and crochet. Born in Whakatane, Eileen grew up in Kawerau and then Taumarunui – small towns in rural areas of New Zealand’s North Island. Eileen draws inspiration from her surroundings; New Zealand’s native plants and wildlife, landscapes, and simple things like a flower in her garden. The name BaldMoose was spawned from a bizarre conversation during Eileen’s time at high school – and it has just stuck. Some of her more quirky pieces of work reflect these carefree years.


What do you make?
I make jewellery, mainly in sterling silver, and I have recently added crochet items to my shop. I find crocheting addictive and love coming up with new ideas for cute little soft toys – the next project I have in mind is crochet toys for cats, laced with catnip!


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How did you get into your craft?
I’ve always been an artist. I got into jewellery because I felt that I best suited creating small detailed work, which I still believe to be true about myself. I began to learn to crochet nearly a year ago. My Oma used to crochet a lot and I wanted to carry on the craft within our family as well as to be able to make useful items for my future family which could be passed down through the generations.


Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I studied at Hungry Creek Art and Craft School where I gained an Advanced Diploma in Arts and Craft, majoring in jewellery. I spent four years studying full-time to achieve this.


Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
My favourite material for crochet has got to be New Zealand wool. I love to buy New Zealand products wherever possible. When making jewellery I enjoy using sterling silver and copper as well as acrylic resin, and more recently, glass beads. I bought a hanging motor about four years ago and it has been such a useful tool! You can change the heads on it for so many different jobs; drilling, burring, polishing, and so much more.

Shhh… really, I love all my tools equally!


Eileen's jewellery bench

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What inspires you?
I’m inspired by fond memories of my childhood, plant life and playful things… small things that can often be overlooked in adulthood, but a child would revel in. This autumn I planted pots of daffodil and tulip bulbs, some of them have just begun sprouting through the dirt and I find that so exciting and inspiring.


Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I make because I can’t not make. I have spent my whole life doing handcrafts of one sort or another and couldn’t imagine living without it. Being able to make someone happy with a handmade gift or purchase is such a huge added bonus and it really does make it worthwhile.


Describe your workspace:
I crochet on the couch in the lounge, which is covered with half-finished projects and bags of wool. My jewellery bench is in the spare room… It’s incredibly cluttered to say the least! The materials from every project I have worked on in the last six months still sits on my bench and there are piles of papers, canvases, bags of wool and crochet, and materials for jewellery stacked up around the bench so that there is only really enough room to sit. I’m not naturally a tidy person.


The spare room

Crochet in the lounge

Five words that describe your mind:
Nostalgic, hippy, dreamer, eclectic and unordered.


Your favourite feedback from a customer:
I received this message from a customer – she’s from America and had recently visited New Zealand. She bought my Pukeko stud earrings and she and her daughter share them, which I thought was really sweet.

“Hello! I received the earrings today and they are absolutely wonderful! You did a wonderful job on them. I love these little swamp hens. We got to visit NZ in February and I was able to see some of these birds. My daughter is wearing your earrings now, we get to trade off with them. Thank you again. Heather.”


What are you currently listening to?
Whatever my lovely boyfriend, Hugh, is playing. Right now its dubstep, fast paced, but chilled out at the same time. I have quite a mixed taste in music.


Recommend an album:
The Cranberries, No Need To Argue has to be my fav for a sing along on a melancholy grey day spent inside.


Eileen's friend's baby Alek with teddy, Edmond.

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What are you reading now?
I’m partway through reading The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line by Kari Chapin, which Felt kindly recommended to me last year!


Do you have any pets?
I don’t have any pets of my own, but my flatmates have cats. Koda is definitely Queen Bee around here, we call her Avakoda because of her pear shaped physique. Rexy is a timid little mottled creature. She watches from the driveway but as soon as you acknowledge her she freaks out, freezes, and then runs away.



What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
The last handmade item I bought was from the Coatsville Market. It’s a wooden board made from recycled furniture with an awesome painting of a kakariki on it by Doug Ford. I love New Zealand birds and the painting is just so cool, I wish I could have bought the whole lot!

Eileen will be showing new BaldMoose jewellery, along with six other jewellers, in “RE: A Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition” at the Allpress Gallery. The opening is 5.30pm on July 15th. She also regularly has work at Off the Bench in Waihi Beach.

Eileen has also very kindly offered one lucky reader one of her gorgeous Kiwi Love rings, a reversible silver ring with a heart on one side and a kiwi on the other. If you want to be in the draw, Eileen would like you to leave a comment suggesting a new animal for her to crochet – so get your thinking cap on! The draw will be made on Monday 9 June and is open to New Zealand residents only.

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Don’t go out without your hat!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Brrr! Snow in May! That had me hunting out my warmest beanie, I can tell you. For me, the main requirement of a winter woolly hat or beanie is that it covers my ears. On days like these I’d like one that covers my nose too, but I accept that that does start to look faintly ridiculous. Unless of course I rug-up in a scoody – nosey salvation is at hand!

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What makes your ideal winter hat? Our yarnsters have been knitting and crocheting up a perfect storm of head insulation, so we’re sure you’ll find one on Felt that meets your chilly-morning needs. Or, if you prefer the DIY approach, we’ve also got some fabulous patterns to choose from.

Banish the blues with a beautiful beanie. Your ears are worth it.