Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Needles needing a yarn?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

If your needles are itching to knit some cosy accessories for your and your loved ones, we’ve got the yarns

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Keeshond dog and alpaca yarn by Crock | Naturally dyed merino/nylon sock yarn by Truby Wool | Textural handspun yarn by Spunout | Hand dyed merino yarn by Little Red’s Yarn

 

Purchase beautiful yarns here »

 

Need a pattern? We’ve got that covered too! »

 

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!

Get yer cosy gloves here!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Brrr! Feeling the chill? Talented glove knitter Maggie Js has just the thing for frosty fingers. We love these gorgeous retro-looking rose detailed gloves, but make sure you browse her Felt shop for all her lovely styles.

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Elvis is in the building

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

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See The King here »

 

Winter warmer

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Here’s a great way to relax, cosy up and ease your aches this winter. Swheat Bags from Arwen Ace are sweetened with lovely lavender, to aid relaxation while the wheat does its warming work. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have specially sewn channels to make them super mouldable to your needs.

Arwen tells us she’s been gifting her Swheat Bags to the kids at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland and Christchurch, and the feedback is that they’re loving them. Awesome work, Arwen!

 

Grab a Swheat Bag here »

 

Awesome active play for indoor days

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Here’s a fun, furniture-friendly, indoor activity for the kids on a winter’s day. Created 4 U’s indoor bowling set comes with six colourful pins, made from quality wool blend felt, and a hefty felt ball for knocking ‘em over. Strike!

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Browse more Created 4 U felt toys here »

 

Celebrating Matariki

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

It’s the season of Matariki, the beginning of a new year.

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Traditionally, different iwi celebrated Matariki at different times. For some it was when Matariki (the Pleiades) rose in May or June. For others it was celebrated at the first new moon, or even full moon, following the rising of the constellation.

In the 21st century it is marked at the new moon following the rising of Matariki. It’s a time to celebrate the safe storage of the harvest, remember those lost in the last year, tell stories and teach skills, and look forward to new beginnings.

You can celebrate Matariki with kite flying (kites are seen as connectors between heaven and earth), by sharing family stories and kai with friends and whānau, or by learning (or teaching) a skill. How about having a go at weaving a harakeke whetu (flax star) with the tamariki?

Happy Matariki everyone! Learn more about Matariki here.

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A sweet appliqué owl for your little pixie

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

OOAK Vintage Wool Pixie-Hood Vest by Pixie Petal

This gorgeous thick wool vest in pastel orange tones has a fabulous owl applique on the back – easy to spot your little pixie on the playground in this one! It’s designed by Pixie on a Petal, with a generous fit to last your child multiple seasons. The detachable pixie-hood is lined with thick quilt-weight cotton to keep little heads toasty.

OOAK Vintage Wool Pixie-Hood Vest by Pixie Petal

OOAK Vintage Wool Pixie-Hood Vest by Pixie Petal

 

Order from Pixie on a Petal on Felt »

 

Silky soft and super warm – new alpaca scarves from Wrapt Weaving

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Alpaca Scarf in Charcoal Gray Emerald Green by Wrapt Weaving

Wrapt Weaving
has some absolutely beautiful new scarves listed this week – handwoven in luxurious alpaca fibre, silky soft with beautiful drape. Each scarf combines two tones for an almost iridescent effect and is finished with a 3 inch fringe. Gorgeous!

Alpaca Scarf in Charcoal Gray Light Green by Wrapt Weaving

Alpaca Scarf in Charcoal Orange Teal by Wrapt Weaving

Alpaca Scarf in Charcoal Gray Powder Blue by Wrapt Weaving

 

Order from Wrapt Weaving on Felt »

 

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.

the mushroom hat

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