Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

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.

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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!

Perfect patterns for keen knitters

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Feeling inspired by yesterday’s World Wide Knit in Public Day events? We can help you get some projects underway, with our gorgeous range of knitting patterns.

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Browse more beautiful knitting patterns on Felt »

 

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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Cure for the summertime blues

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

With Felt’s fabulous range of summer swimwear, clothing, accessories and patterns, the summertime blues won’t even get a look in. :-)

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For all the summertime goodness check out our jewellery and fashion and leisure and activities pages today!

Need a last-minute gift for a crafty friend?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

If you’re running late on your Christmas shopping and you need a gift for a maker or crafter, you’re in luck! Felt has a great range of pdf patterns for sewing, yarncraft and embroidery. Here are just a few gorgeous projects – find more by searching our leisure and activities section for “pdf”.

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Treat your maker friends and family this Christmas and sort those last minute gifts the easy way with a pdf pattern for a great new project. How great is that?

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A snowy morning

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Brrr! There’s a dusting of snow outside this morning in Christchurch and the chill is bracing. Growing up further north, I never saw snow in town so I still get a childlike delight when I open the curtains and find the world has been frosted white.

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Here’s a small pictorial celebration of snow, just because. :-) Stay warm everyone!

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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Featured seller: Honeycakes

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Lisa Craig, the talented brains behind Honeycakes original knitting patterns, has had a passion for yarn right from her childhood. “Ever since I was a child I have knitted. I grew up playing with buttons, trims, ribbons and yarn. Once I started knitting I never stopped making and creating, so went on to study textile design. I knit anywhere, anytime, and I’m always thinking of new ideas and designs.”

Living in rural Auckland with her husband and three children, she works from home in her design studio on a hilltop surrounded by farmland and the sea, looking out to islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

What do you make?
I am a textile designer, knitting is my thing… I design knitting patterns for babies and children and have started working on a women’s wear range too.

How did you get into your craft?
My mother was always knitting and taught me to knit when I was about seven years old. The first thing I made was a blanket for my doll.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I studied in Wellington; a three year diploma in Textile Design. I then worked for Feltex Yarns designing knitting patterns and learnt to write patterns.

What is the process of pattern-making?
I keep note books full of ideas, sketches and notes… from there I will develop the idea, chose a yarn and knit a swatch. I then work out the maths (repeats and sizing) for the pattern. The pattern is written, a sample is knitted up and the pattern checked. Next step: photography – and then publishing the pattern!

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Merino wool and alpaca are my favourite fibres. My favourite process is knitting a swatch and designing as I go – it gives me a chance to be more creative.

What inspires you?
My children inspire me. I started Little Cupcakes when they were young. I couldn’t find knitting patterns that I liked, so started designing for them.

I am passionate about knitting and the process of design and creating. I love pattern, texture and colour. Inspiration comes from everywhere – from fashion stores, magazines, books, museums, art galleries and landscape – all inspired by the beauty that is New Zealand.

My family all play a part in the design process. My children model the knitwear and my husband plays his part as the photographer. Each photo shoot is an adventure that captures the essence and heart of my designs, from snow covered alps to sun drenched beaches.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
To create original patterns to inspire others to knit and fill their lives with colour and creativity.

Describe your workspace:
On the top of our hill is home with a large studio attached. We have the most amazing view of the sea river and farmland, a perfect place to be creative.

I share the studio with my husband, his side has his photography gear and my side there is a lot of wool, knitting needles, buttons, threads, sample garment, books and works in progress.

Five words that describe your mind:
Colourful, creative, detailed, busy and inventive.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
“Fantastic seller! Pattern is just gorgeous… I have knitted it up four times so far… one for a friend, one for my daughter’s dolly and two for the beanies for babies… thanks!”

What are you currently listening to? The Paper Kites.

Recommend an album:
Paper CranesLittle Darling.

Your favourite childhood book?
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

What are you reading now?
I’m reading the Famous Five books with my children and just finished Jeffery Archer’s The Fourth Estate.

Favourite quotes:
“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.” ~ Pablo Picasso.

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” ~ Albert Einstein.

galleryDo you have any pets?
Three Siamese cats called Bella, Boston and Piko and three lop-ear rabbits called Mouse, Diamond and Pickles. Boston the cat used to eat wool – thankfully he has grown out of that now!

What was the last handmade item you bought?
Hand dyed, hand spun wool/mohair that I crocheted into a scarf for myself.

What’s coming up on your calendar?
New designs in Vogue Knitting Magazine Early Fall 2013, Noro Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 and Noro 1, 2, 3 book. I’m also working on a new range of womens’ accessories: hats, scarves and mittens.

Lisa has very kindly offered one lucky Felt blog reader a prize of five Honeycakes PDF patterns of the winner’s choice, worth $40! Leave a comment below, telling us why you like Lisa’s work or how it inspires you, and you’ll be in to win. The draw will be made on Friday 5 July and is open to New Zealand residents only. Make sure you have a look at the rest of Lisa’s beautiful work in her Felt shop.

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.