Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

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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trubywool blog

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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


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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!

Introducing Felt Leisure & Activities emails

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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Handmade Paper, White by Cheeky Tui
Kowhai Leaves Merino 4ply by Knitcola
Waikari Muddy Green watercolour paint by Celia Wilson
Handmade Sterling Silver Earwires by Ply


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Yarns of the rich and famous

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day, hurrah!

Get your needles out and join a host of famous folk from Hollywood, politics, literary circles, and even royalty who’ve been caught on camera yarn-handed…

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Audrey Hepburn
Joan Crawford

Audrey Hepburn and Joan Crawford

Franklin D And Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Sarah Jessica Parker
George Lucas

Sarah Jessica Parker and George Lucas

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Inspired? Then check out our gorgeous range of artisan yarns and beautiful patterns. Good luck and go to it! :-)


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This Saturday, it’s all about that yarn…

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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This Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and there are events on around the country to celebrate!

Here in Christchurch we’d like to give a shout-out to the Midwinter Woolfeast, where they’ll be celebrating yarn in style with a gathering of New Zealand’s most talented fibre artists and indie yarn dyers – and Felt will be there too!

You can catch Midwinter Woolfeast from 10am to 5pm at the newly-built Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd, Halswell, Christchurch. Admission is free. For more information, check out their website (and you can find out about other official World Wide Knit in Public Day events on their webpage and in our What’s on This Week post).

And if you like more of a mix in your craft, make sure you also scoot over to Stash reHash (yep, it’s a busy day for Christchurch crafters, you can even get knitting on a bus!), where it’s all happening from 11am to 2pm at St Mark’s Church, Withells Road, Avonhead. This year’s Stash reHash promises to be bursting with sewing goodies in need of new homes, and it’s all in support of Arthritis New Zealand. Entry is by gold coin donation and you can find more details here.

Knit your own Joss shawl with Rosewood Wool

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Joss Shawl kit by Rosewood Wool with Truly Myrtle Designs

Joss Shawl kit by Rosewood Wool with Truly Myrtle Designs

It’s a knitter’s dream: the knit designer/yarn dyer collab! Libby from Truly Myrtle Designs created the most stunning, modern shawl with Rosewood Wool Romney 3 ply, and together they’ve created this fabulous Joss Shawl kit for you to make your own.

The pack includes two 100g balls of Romney 3 ply wool, enough to complete your shawl, and the Joss pattern emailed to you (as well as a digital copy in your Ravelry library).

There are two colour ways to choose from: Libby’s original design in Helter Skelter and My She’s Grown (so popular it’s now on pre-order, shipping the week of 7 March), or the gorgeous dark teal and mustard combo of In the Deep and Harvest Sun.

It’s perfect timing for an indulgent autumn project – order yours now!

My She's Grown 100gm 3 ply by Rosewood Wool

Featured seller: Rosewood Wool

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Yarn dyers and mamas Vicky and Nicola of Rosewood Wool have been friends for quite a long time. “We met when our eldest sons were toddlers, but our friendship is bound together with handcraft. We live and breathe it [though] one of us works full time and the other home-schools – we have six children between us and we plan family camping trips together with the intention of sitting and knitting for days.”

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What do you make?
We hand dye small batches of lambs’ wool, which we have sourced from a local farm. We have done many projects in our time and always find a way to split the work between us in a way that plays to our strengths and time. We have had our share of tragedy and sadness and the simple tasks of knitting, sewing and the gentle chat that comes with it has guided us through. We have really found our passion in dyeing this beautiful wool and are so thrilled to share it with a wider audience. We are overwhelmed with how well it has been received.

How did you get into your craft?
Our long love affair with fabric, fibre and especially knitting drew us inevitably towards dyeing our own yarn. We have knitted with this wool for years so it was very natural for us to choose it as our base. We were excited to develop our own colour range and were thrilled to find it was exactly what other people were looking for. There is a real movement back to real, old fashioned wool.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
We are all about simplicity. We have two favourite pots that we share and we dye the wool in our kitchens with the help of our children (sometimes!). We have a passion for using natural materials to dye with – we are currently harvesting privet berries.

Romney sheep

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What inspires you?
We are inspired by our product. Providing warmth, longevity and beauty is so fulfilling. Developing new colours is always inspiring. We recently started selling at markets, and talking to knitters, as well as inspiring people to knit, is really motivating for us.

Five words that describe your mind:
Honest, analytical, tangents, gentle and maternal… with a bit of nappy brain thrown in!

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
Returning customers are the greatest feedback we can receive. Knowing people are loving what we are doing and like the product so much they want more makes us really happy.

What are you currently listening to?
LP’s Into The Wild and Noah Gundersen.

What’s your favourite childhood book?
Matilda by Roald Dahl and Charlotte’s Web by E B White.

What are you reading now?
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and The New Zealand Woolcraft Book by Constance Jackson and Judith Plowman.

rosewoodwool mauves

rosewoodwool. olive stokes

Who is your hero?
Bev, my clay tutor and Elizabeth Zimmerman.

A favourite quote:
“One stitch at a time,” and
“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” (Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling).

Do you have any pets?
Just the usual chickens, cats and bees!

What would your advice be for those starting out in a crafty business?
Believe in your product and start small.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
Some lovely buttons from Tuesday’s Buttons, love their packaging and the fact that its completely done by children and some Tony Sly dinner plates. The link between pottery and wool is really strong for me, they compliment each other beautifully.

What’s in store for the coming year?
We have a really exciting year ahead of us. We are attending more markets and have the big annual Pirongia Craft Day in September. We are working on our natural dye range at the moment and some really exciting collaborations with designers. We hope to fit in a bit more knitting too!

You can see Vicky and Nicola’s gorgeous hand-dyed yarns, in a range of beautiful natural colours, in their Felt shop Rosewood Wool.

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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.


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!


Winter is coming: are you prepared?

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Well the weather’s been a real mixed bag of late – balmy sun one day, freezing rain the next – it’s jolly hard to know how to dress to meet the day at this time of year!

The only way to deal with it all, we reckon, is to layer up with those woolly accessories – gloves and mittens, scarves and shawls, and even some snuggly hats – to survive the chill and make it through to that next yearned-for bit of sun. And what better way to warm the heart as well as your fingers than to choose a lovely warm colour?

Here’s a sunshine-inspired selection we spotted while browsing today:






There’s plenty to choose from, ready-made by our clever wool-wranglers, so make sure you peruse our accessories and clothing sections to find the fruits of their winter preparation. And if you’re strong in the fibre arts yourself, make sure you don’t miss the beautiful array of yarns from our spinners and dyers too.


Knitting for Blokes, with Mike Dickison

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Christchurch men, your chance to master knitting is here! Man knitter, ukulele player and bird expert, the deftly dexterous Mike Dickison is in town and running knitting classes just for guys at The Make Café in Riccarton.

Blokes with a yen for yarn are welcome to head along for one or more sessions — if you sign up for three, you get a starter kit with yarn needles, needle gauge, and other goodies. You’ll learn to knit a dishcloth, hats, scarves, an iPhone sock, and the secret of making cable needles out of No. 8 wire.

Alumni will be entitled to join the League of Knitting Gentlemen on Ravelry. Knitting for Blokes is on Thursday 3 and 10 October, so get your socks on! For more information check out Mike’s blog.

Image by Tash Barneveld.