Posts Tagged: felt

bird on a wire :: featured artist round up #1

Draw Me a LionRice Babies_A Cagey Bee_ Jen Ellishoney canadagabriEllephant Design - credit [stu-di-o] by jeanieGot Craft? and Bird on a Wire Creations will be hosting a special event featuring the works of 13 Got Craft? vendors. To celebrate these artists, we will be highlighting a sample of their work in two round ups leading up to the event. Make sure to mark your calendars for April 4th and come by to say hello to your favourite artists! Light refreshments will be served.

vendors pictured from top to bottom: Draw Me a Lion | The Rice Babies | A Cagey Bee | jen ellis designs | honey canada | gabriEllephant Design (photo credit: [stu-dio] by jeanie).

When: Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 7-9:30pm
Where: Bird on a Wire Creations – 2535 Main Street, Vancouver

giveaway :: circle craft 2011

bad girl chocolates | chris daltonfiveleft leatherJessie TurnerAbeego | Studio JeanieShibang Designs

Well, it’s that time of year again! The Circle Craft Christmas Market returns on November 9th kicking off the holiday craft show season in Vancouver. We are so excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show which was recently voted as one of the Best Artisan Market’s in the Best of Vancouver awards presented by the Georgia Straight.

Featuring more than 280 artisans from coast to coast, there is plenty to see including demonstrations and workshops (scroll to the bottom) throughout the day. A full list of participating exhibitors can be found here and I thought I would share some of my favourite picks including Fiveleft Leather, Abeego (see her at Got Craft?), Jessie Turner Designs and Bad Girl Chocolates. I’m also super excited to check out Shibang Designs who will also be at Indie I Do next year with her amazing felted bags!

event: Circle Craft Christmas Market
dates: November 9-13, 2011
location: Vancouver Convention Centre West (Vancouver, BC)
times: Wed-Fri 10-9pm, Saturday 10-7pm, Sunday, 10-5pm
tickets: Save $2.00 and avoid long queues by purchasing your tickets online here

Got Craft? is excited to be giving away two tickets to Circle Craft! Just leave a comment below and a winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, November 4th, 2011 at noon (PST). Tickets will be available at Will Call. Open to Canadian residents only.

tutorial :: cat nip dumplings :: #ForTheAnimals

These simple to make catnip toys are both fun for you and your feline friends! Felt, both acrylic and wool, can extend the life of your cat toys. Instead of tearing like cloth, I find that felt just naturally fuzzes up instead. Below, I show you how to make the “famous” roxypop catnip dumpling toys. Once you learn the basic steps, you can use your imagination to whip up endless designs!


  • Felt (acrylic or wool) – I used an off white colour to stimulate a real dumpling skin
  • Thread (to match the felt)
  • Loose catnip
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • CD
  • Marking pen
  • Chopstick / Pen (optional)

step one:

Take the CD and place it on your piece of felt. Use the CD as a template to cut out your circles with the marking pen.

step two:

Fold the circle in half and sew around the edge. Make sure to leave a section open, so that you can stuff the catnip in.

step three:

To give it a more realistic look, I use pinking shears to trim off the edge. This is purely for aesthetic reasons, so if you don’t have pinking shears, not to worry. And to be honest, your cat will still love you!

step four:

Start stuffing! You can use a chopstick or a pen to help get the catnip into the bottom of the dumpling. You can use as much or as little catnip as you like.

step five:

Once you are done stuffing the catnip, place the dumpling back into the machine. Sew up the opening, clean up the thread ends and you are done!

For those that are not crafty and based in Vancouver (BC), visit me at Got Craft on Sunday, May 8th. Fortune cookie cat nip toys will also be available!