Monday, June 23, 2008

feeling felty






I've had a thing for felt forever. A curious cloth, so durable yet soft, it predates both weaving and knitting and its origins are sketchy. Perhaps the sweat of a Saint worn down in a shoe or the magical powers of Sumerian gods, felt has earned its archetypal status among all cultures. It has sheltered and celebrated all rites and rituals and often finds its way into construction and art. The lore of felt is vast, its symbolism timeless. The process, albeit lengthy, is a simple recipe of friction and soapy water. Industry has tried to perfect this synthetically resulting in historic gaffes, i.e. mercury as an ingredient in felting hats, giving us the ever-neurotic 'mad hatter'.

On the contrary, I've found the most sublime and subtle felted wares, here. One-of-a-kind pieces, crafted with care, slightly stained and finished with a twist. HUT up offers simplicity and warmth, craft and high design. Loving the baby bundle and slip on slides, your screen cannot possibly do these justice. Enfant Terrible carries the collection among other fabulous pieces for tots. The pillows and poofs, dresses and dolls are sure to cozy your abode and carry on the legend.

6 comments:

pve design said...

ah, the feel of felting! lovely items.
inspiring me to felt.

Julia said...

What a lovely post and what a lovely blog :) I found you via inleaf! How refreshing!

lotta said...

Wonderful felted objects! Your blog is very inspiring and insightful. I love your writing about sustainable and green living and all the beauty you chose to feature. Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday. I am so glad you did because it led me to yours. I too will visit often. Best wishes.

Secret Leaves said...

I was so fascinated to read about the origins of the term "Mad as a Hatter"! The whole post was worthwhile just for that bit of information. Thanks for sharing, Tyler.

Sharon

Mrs.French said...

Oh my do I heart felt, even more now! Such a writer you are! and the pieces pictured here? Fantastic!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

oo--Hut Up! Well deserved praise to be sure!
Christine, the designer, and I have been next to each other at the Le Showroom tradeshow for a few years now and it's been wonderful to see her newest collections each season--She does the most beautiful things with no sewing with gorgeous colors of silks and cottons...how nice to see your post about her work!