Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Vessel Project - "Pillbox Hat"

What is great about The Vessel Project is that we get to see a variety of concepts executed from the same brief. This project is a wonderful way to see how different designers interpret a project and how we can use felt in a variety of ways! This feature is from the recent graduate from Humber College, Kathryn Sturino with her felt hat.

Does the head hold the hat, or does the hat hold the head? This vessel attempts to bring the question to mind! Felt is a commonly used material in the creation of hats and headpieces. We were really impressed that Kathryn went through these great lengths to manipulate the felt to meet her needs. It just shows the extraordinary possibilities that can be done with a little imagination when using felt. A lengthy process of steaming and stretching was used in order to create the “pillbox” shape. Kool-Aid drink mix was used to dye the purple felt pieces (This is successful with felt that has a very high wool content). After testing many methods of folding the felt and cutting different shapes for the decals Kathryn used circles so the design may remain simple yet intriguing by layering various sizes of the circles. Once dried and hardened, a puffed piece of tulle was added to create height and to add a bit of “cheekiness”. Kathryn’s pillbox hat, like all of her design work, makes an attempt to find a sense of whimsy and delight in things which may seem simple and uncomplicated. It is great to see Kathryn’s personality and experimentation in this Pillbox Felt Hat!


Materials Used
- Remnant Felt
- Kool Aid
- Tulle



For more information on this project or any other project contact us at The Felt Store at salesinfo@thefeltstore.com! If you would like to contact the designer, Kathryn Sturino directly, e-mail her at kathryn@principalsofdesign.com.

The Vessel Project - "Pip Squeek"

Here is another featured project from Susan Schwartz’s DEC 404 – Interior Decorating Class 2011 (Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, School of Applied Technology), Kristy Canning. Kristy Canning is, a recent graduate from Humber College, here is her vessel, “Pip Squeek.”




Kristy wanted to create something practical and simple. She decided to make a laptop case because it would be something that could be used on a regular basis. What a wonderful idea! She chose out of the remnants an industrial felt and a designer felt, which proved to be a winning colour combination! The vessel was hand sewn together and keeps closed using an oversized button. This laptop sleeve also has a neat front pocket that can hold a few additional supplies as well as a small mouse! As Kristy describes, “…just something for fun!”This is definitely an item that can be used everyday, which we love when we see our felt put to great use!

Materials Used
- Remnant Felt
- Oversized Button


For more information on this project or any other project contact us at The Felt Store at salesinfo@thefeltstore.com! If you would like to contact the designer, Kristy Canning directly e-mail her at kristy.canning@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Vessel Project

The Felt Store is always interested to see what can be done with our felt. We recently had the pleasure of working with Susan Schwartz, a professor at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, School of Applied Technology – Interior Decorating and the students of DEC 404 – Interior Decorating Class 2011. The Felt Store provided some of our remnant felt for the challenge of creating a “Vessel” from our felt. We were pleasantly surprised to see the results of the “Vessel Project”, which we would like to share with everyone! In the weeks to come we will be showcasing some of the vessels created by the students. We would like to thank Humber College and Susan Schwartz for allowing us to work with the College and program on this fantastic project. We would also like to thank all of the students for participating and generously providing images and information regarding their project. Congratulations to all of the students on a job well done!

Our first feature is on Carla Davidson, a recent graduate from Humber College, here is her vessel, “The Running Felt.”


Carla Davidson seemed to have a load of fun making this project. The Running Felt was made with kids in mind, taking an iconic shoe and making it into a vessel for odds and ends such as shoe laces, pens, pencils, or any small knick knacks or doo dads that kids always seem to have. This is an ideal vessel for kids rooms, nurseries, day cares or as props in productions or in stores! It serves both a utilitarian purpose while adding a vibrant pop of colour and spunk, perfect for kids of any age!

Materials Used
- Remnant Felt
- Green Card Board
- Foam Core
- 7/16” Grommets
- White Shoe Laces



For more information on this project or any other project contact us at The Felt Store at salesinfo@thefeltstore.com! If you would like to contact the designer, Carla Davidson directly e-mail her at elishadavidson@yahoo.com.