Felt - oldest textile techniques

We woul like to share JurgaFeltLife video about felting procese.

Felt making is considered to be one of the oldest textile techniques. Here is used wet felting which involves only warm water, natural soap and a few simple wooden and ceramic tools. It takes time to felt a pair of slippers, and it is a rather complicated process. To get a nice shape, it is necessary to possess shoe lasts and also sharp eyes. In the beginning, wool is precisely weighed in accordance with a special table of weight, as different sizes require different amount of wool. Jurga usually uses undyed natural wool, but she likes some decorative elements of dyed wool too. She is using different moulds for different sizes. First of all, she line dry wool and apply water to the fabric. A pair of slippers is lined together. When the wool is lined and wet, it is time to start felting. Slippers are twisted into a towel and then rolling many times. Afterwards, Jurga's husband takes the slippers into his hands to give them a nice shape, to rinse in clean water and dry them next to the fireplace. Felting is a long process which takes time and requires physical strength of a felter. In the different point of view, it is such a pleasure to work with natural fibres, natural wool which comes from animal-friendly farms. Jurga usually use European wool, and are very concerned about the issue of ecology.

A little touch of magic by WizardsCave

It's so pleasure to introduce new and so magic shop :) Just opened but very successful and they are from Etsy Lithuania Team too.
Here is the WizardsCave shop and them story...
 We know that even greatest magic can hide in the smallest things.
We are couple that loves creating and exploring new things. Most of our inspiration comes from nature: Wild forests, beaches, rivers, ancient myths and magic. We use different techniques and materials to make our products. Most of our goods are collected from sandy beaches of Baltic sea, deep and dark forests in Lithuania, or recycled from other things to give them second life.
Items we make is unique and there will be no same item in the world, our shop is small and it is because we do not make huge amount of things. Each little piece first created in head, then drafted on paper and finally made by hands using lots of love and skills, such as pyrography, carving wood, engraving stone, leather working, flint knapping and more. 
 We put lot of consideration and love in our packaging, we use all recycled materials and make boxes ourselfs so no packaging is the same:) If you would like to see how it might look like, please check our instagram account.

Stitch Leather Goods

We would like to share one of our team members with a great desire :) Here is Mindaugas story and his wonderful leather products in StitchLeatherGoods SHOP.
Stitch Leather Goods started in early 2015 from a desire to create a quality physical product. I've been looking for an outlet to my creative ideas for a very long time. My day job and the product I made were mostly intellectual, with nothing physical to show, touch, and hold in hands. One morning I decided that enough is enough and I want to follow my dream of having a handmade goods business. Leather seemed like a natural choice and thus Stitch Leather Goods was born. The initial reception was so good and rewarding, that I decided to quit my job and focus 100% on building a business that will prosper.
 Every item is produced by hand, with no two items being identical. I measure the leather, I cut the leather, I punch the leather, I sew the leather. I do everything myself, by hand, in my atelier. You can see a lot of my "making of" videos on Instagram and Facebook.
All designs are made by me. I start with a prototype that I use myself before pushing it into production. I source my materials from all over Europe. Only the highest quality leathers are used in my products – I don't deal with genuine leather – my goods are made from full-grain leather and will last many many years, they will age beautifully and you'll be able to pass them on to you children on their wedding day. It's the best kind of investment you can make.
 When you run a small business by yourself, you never really stop thinking about it, even after the office hours. Thus I sometimes find myself working late at night, researching, planning, making sure that everything is perfect. But when I'm not, you can usually find me in a local skate park (Fælledparken), grilling or taking a jog around the neighborhood I live in. Living in Copenhagen has been rewarding on so many levels and I love every second of it.

Do you know - How to take care of your wool items?

WoolenClogs are sharing a great care instruction for wool items. Visit their BLOG to read more great information.
All of you have probably at some point looked at a sweater/another wool item taken from the washer and wondered whose it is as the size did not match your clothes :)
Yes, wool shrinks when agitated with a detergent in changing temperature. Washing it even with all the newfangled detergents that are made for wool can be a hit or miss affair. Here's a few things that might help you to put that washing day further and when it comes -- to get the best result. Read on!

Good news is that wool naturally repels dirt and moisture, so it takes a lot longer to get your woolen sweater in need of a wash than say a cotton one. Airing a woolen item is a good way of getting rid of odours and giving it a few more days or weeks of wear.
Brushing it with a soft brush to get rid of anything stuck is also good. Spot cleaning is advised instead of washing the whole item.

Using a vacuum cleaner is another good way to bring your woolen clogs or shoes back to their clean state.

Finally, when you have exhausted all the other options and do not want to or cannot get your wool item dry cleaned it is time for the wash.
The delicate woolen items such as thin felt scarves, light nuno-felted blouses and similar are better washed by hand in only slightly tepid water with wool detergent. Do not rub or agitate the wool too much -- just let it soak and gently squeeze it to get the sudsy water inside, then rise out and dry your items flat, no hanging!
Other things can go into the washing machine -- be careful to choose the wool cycle and wool detergent, also -- never use a dryer, dry your items flat on an adsorbent surface. If the item is not flat, like slippers or a cat cave, shape it to the desired form by putting it on your feet (for slippers) or using your hands to give it shape.

Happy wearing/using! Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about wool or woolen items.

Art dolls with a story to tell by AdelePo

This time we would like to introduce you Adelė, doll maker and artist in her twenties, living in Lithuania – the land of possibilities where she can create dolls and make a living from it! 
And here is her story...

Almost 4 years ago I became a part of the magical world of art dolls. My journey began in Vilnius art academy where I studied set design and puppet theatre. While studying was a great adventure, in real life after a few plays as a set designer, I knew that this path is not for me so I plunged myself into interior dolls. At that time I couldn’t imagine how my life will change after this decision. And here I am, talking to you as a full time artist, who’s building her career from ground up. I guess anything is possible, huh?
My dolls are more than just a decoration, because everyone of them have a story to tell. I bring a unique tale in a little creature. Every costume, every lock of hair, every tiny detail is telling you how special and exclusive this art doll is. I love the feeling when the doll is completed, wrapped up with a ribbon and a hand written story. It’s like another page added to my creation journey. I hope that you can see and feel the same passion, joy and love for life in my dolls like I do.

Stay around if you’re interested in uncommon art of dolls!

You can see more of her works in website AdelePo and talk to her in FaceBook
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