Posts Tagged ‘embroidery’

An autumn project

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Cooler days and evenings indoors have us itching for a new stitching project, and this contemporary oak leaf blackwork sampler from Jennifer Strange fits the bill beautifully.

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Creativity for a rainy day

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

We’re all for hunkering down inside on rainy days like these! What you need now are some crafty projects to settle in with. Felt has a great range of materials, tools, patterns and kits to get you started – here’s a few to tempt you!

Gorgeous watercolour paints from Celia Wilson, made from locally-sourced pigments.

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Fabulous customisable stretched artist’s canvases, boards & blocks from Stretched.

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Lovely yarns from a variety of very interesting creatures, hand dyed by Crock.

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Cosy winter knitting patterns from Honeycakes too!

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Or maybe cross stitch is more your thing? Teribear has you sorted.


And how about some fabulous cookie cutters from Making It for rainy day baking? Mmmm, cookies…

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Feeling inspired? Check out the whole creative range in our Leisure and Activities pages today!

Exquisite symmetry: the intricate heirloom stitchwork of Teribear

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Talented Auckland stitcher Terrie Beardsworth of Teribear brings together the skills taught to her by her Danish great grandmother with a lifelong love of natural fibres, to create exquisite cross stitched journal covers and accessories with a Scandinavian flavour that delight the eye and the hand.

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What do you make?
I design, stitch and then sew cross stitched journal covers and zippered bags.

How did you get into your craft?
Growing up on an isolated dairy farm north of Auckland, crafting was a way of life. From a very young age I learnt to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, spin, weave, grow, build, paint, mend, repair, repurpose, reuse, treasure, share and respect – we all did; that was the way things happened in those days in rural New Zealand. Craft was slow, practical and designed to be handed on. It was 100% New Zealand made from natural resources.

Craft was slow, practical and designed to be handed on. It was 100% New Zealand made from natural resources.

As I look back at my first school photo all the five year olds, boys and girls alike, in the new entrant class at Kaukapakapa Primary school are wearing intricately knitted wool jumpers and cardigans with home sewn shorts or dresses. There were no Red Sheds or Spotlights. Making was interwoven into our school days – art, music, cooking, building, inventing, problem-solving, creating and craft. Playtimes were spent building huts out of anything we could get our hands on – that is when we weren’t avoiding dive-bombing magpies while playing bullrush, or climbing the huge old trees growing on the school grounds.


At home there was no TV, iPad or electronic devices. When we weren’t out on the farm helping, playing, tending to pets, we were busy learning and experimenting with a new craft.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
My amazingly talented Danish great grandmother was my embroidery teacher from a very young age. She was strict and formal; the back of the work had to be a good as the front. Before I could start stitching there were edges to bind, and centres to mark which always seemed to take SO long when all I want to do was start stitching. But through her patience and guidance, I learnt to make craft worthy of giving and treasuring.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
I believe in natural products. I love the feel of silk, wool and cottons threads, and enjoy handling the natural linen. Colour excites me. I can get highly distracted if a new colour catches my eye and am known for having several projects on the go at once. I have just ordered some incredibly soft embroidery wools from Jacob at Modern Folk Embroidery in England, and am loving stitching the blues into the natural linens.

The pattern designing process is slow. I am inspired by Scandinavian designs – I love symmetrical patterns and have fun seeing scribbles on graph paper morph into the finished product. The stitching is done while supervising my ASD son’s school through Te Kura. I have to be calm and quiet while he is working on school, but yet still able to put it down when he needs help or assistance.

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Tell us about some of the techniques involved in producing your embroidered designs and notebooks
My designs start out life on a page of a maths book – a pencil cross in a square marks a stitch. It’s my form of organized doodling. Symmetrical designs are my favorite with a mirror line down the middle. I always feel great excitement the first time a design makes it to a complete journal cover.

Who inspires you?
My great grandmother and my great Aunty Norma; two amazing people who crafted all their lives. They always made me feel great worth in all I could do. They believed in me and encouraged me to believe in myself.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
My philosophy is simple clean designs, natural raw materials, practical products, and handmade to a high quality ready to be used and treasured.

Describe your workspace:
My workspace is anywhere. My cross stitch fits neatly into a small box which fits in my handbag and travels everywhere Matthew and I go – so while he has one of his many music lessons, I can relax and stitch to the fabulous music.



Your favourite feedback from a customer:
“I am honestly overwhelmed with the divinely special, beautifully handstitched journal cover I received. I have spent some time just sitting and admiring it, running my hand over this perfectly stitched needlework. I honestly love it and am so thrilled with it.” – Alison, Auckland.

What are you currently listening to?
Whatever piece of music Matthew is working on at the moment. He wrote a song Can’t Stop Thinking About You for NCEA Level 2 Music and entered the song into the Play it Strange song writing competition. He was placed in the top 40, so Matthew, Christopher (vocalist) and I spent the other day in Andrew Buckton’s recording studio recording the song. It sounds SO amazing and I just can’t get enough of it. Look out for it on the Play it Strange website – big thanks to Mike Chunn at Play it Strange for continuing to encourage our youth to write and record amazing music.

What’s your favourite childhood book and why?
I have a much treasured copy of my favorite childhood book Birds by Brian Wildsmith; the detail and the depth of colour he uses in his paintings still fascinate me. Look close into his work and see the humour – the stare of the owls, the party of jays and watch of nightingales. I often turn to this beautiful book for colour combination inspiration.


What are you reading now?
Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well by Sanae Ishida. When Ishida was diagnosed with a chronic illness and lost her corporate job, she thought her life was over. But these challenges ended up being the best thing that ever happened to her because they forced her to take stock of her life and focus on the important things, and enabled her to rediscover sewing – her true passion. Inspired to succeed at just one thing, Ishida vowed to sew all of her daughter’s clothes (and most of her own) for one year. A great read for a crafter!

Who is your hero/heroine? Why?
Matthew, my ASD son, is my hero. Every day he has a positive and happy attitude in an unaccepting world. I am spoilt to have him and his music in my life. Every day he makes me smile and feel joy even when life is incredibly tough for us both.

Tell us about your pets:
My pets can be found protecting our borders. I have “puppy walked” five beagles for the Ministry of Primary Industries. I get great satisfaction knowing I have done my bit toward protecting our diverse and unique environment.


If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
I would be the superhero who would put a stop to all conflict, all poverty and all hunger. I don’t know if this superhero has a name or has yet been created, but I would be her.

What’s in store for 2017?
Attending a market or two, and finding new colours to excite and inspire me!

Terrie has very kindly offered a lovely prize for one lucky Felt reader of one of her exquisite red Bouquet of Flowers journals (see below). These beautiful re-usable embroidered slip covers are a celebration of cross stitch and natural linen. They’re natural goodness inside and out! Each cover has a large cross stitch emblem on the front, with a smaller design cross stitched on the back, and comes complete with an A6 spiral bound, blank visual journal.

To be in to win this amazing handcrafted prize, simply leave a comment telling us what appeals to you about Terrie’s story and her beautiful Teribear embroidered creations. The draw will be made on Friday 2 December and is open to New Zealand residents only.


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Attention embroiderers: announcing the Teribear Cross Stitch Collection

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Felt has always been proud to host the beautiful and immaculately presented notebooks, bags and patterns of talented designer and stitcher Teribear, and now we’re delighted to announce that her gorgeous new book of cross stitch patterns is available in her Felt shop!

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In this full colour, limited edition publication, Teribear has brought together ten of her original cross stitch designs, with colour photos of their use. It’s the perfect gift for that keen embroiderer in your life (which, let’s face it, could be you). ;-)

Make sure you secure your copy today!

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Striking stitchery

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

This eye-catching hoop art by Meow Designs features print and embroidery techniques – the rib cage has been printed on to the fabric, with the intertwined flowers and vines added in vibrant stitches.

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Art in fibre

Monday, April 4th, 2016

We’re delighted to host here on Felt these works by Ngaio Rue Blackwood from the recent exhibition Made of Snow at the Franklin Arts Centre.

Refuge and Shelter, inspired by the words of New Zealand poet Lorraine Ward and painstakingly stitched onto natural cotton, depict bumblebees in exquisite embroidered detail, with hexagon backgrounds in white and cream. Stretched onto circular frames and mounted to sit out from the wall, these beautiful pieces appear to float when hung. Each piece took approximately ten hours to complete.

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Remembering ANZAC in stitch

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The annual Waikato/BOP Regional Embroiderers’ Exhibition is a special one this year, with a theme of Remembering ANZAC in Stitch 1915-2015.

Hosted by the Tauranga Embroiderers’ Guild, the exhibition will showcase the ANZAC Tapestry, stitched for The Tapestry Trust of New Zealand Inc Project by Whakatane Embroiderers’ Guild members. 43 Guild members worked on this beautiful piece for over 200 hours.

The exhibition also includes several judged sections and a display of memorabilia, alongside many pieces of traditional and contemporary work by Guild members.

The exhibition runs for five days only, May 13-17, at the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga. Gold coin entry.


Stitch in time

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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!



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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.


Hello spring!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The daffodils are out, the sunshine is warming up (when it’s not raining!) and the mumma bumblebees are out hunting for homes. Hooray for springtime!





Our clever makers have some blooming good spring-inspired goodies – take a look and enjoy the soft spring colours.


Stuck inside? Crafty ways to keep boredom at bay

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

When it’s cold and wet outside, that’s the perfect time to get making and crafting. We’ve got some perfect projects and crafty supplies to keep all you creative types busy over the winter months.


1. Stitcher’s delight.

If you love cross stitch and have an eye for the irreverent, you can’t go past Stitchology‘s retro and quirky kits. These kits for the modern stitcher come with everything you need to begin stitching straight away, and are suitable for all levels from beginner to pro.


2. Spin a yarn.

Who wouldn’t be warmed by colours like these? If you like to spin (or maybe felt) we have some gorgeous carded fibre for you, like this beautiful hand-painted merino from fibre2go.


3. All spun up and ready to go.

Knitters and crocheters, have we got the handspun goodies for you! From soft pastels to yarn in jewel-like brilliant colours, you’re sure to find something to inspire your next project amongst our yarns and fibres.


4. Get with the plan.

We’ve got you sorted for patterns too, whether you’re a knitter or a crocheter. We’re always enchanted by Honeycakes‘ patterns for warm woolies for the little ones, or perhaps you’d like something for yourself from Ami Ana‘s stylish range?


5. Supplies for seamsters.

Patterns, embellishments and accessories, oh my! We’ve got lots of innovative ideas and handcrafted haberdashery here on Felt that will make your projects truly unique. We’re particularly taken by El Pato Guapo‘s gorgeous trimmings and accessories – check out her range!

Whatever your creative urge, you know your project will stand out from the crowd when it’s created from our original, handcrafted craft supplies - so make sure you’re prepared for the winter lock-in!