Thursday, December 31, 2009

This is why I love what I do.

Every so often I get emails from people that have made projects from Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt, sharing photos of the items they've made. The other day I got one from Erika Martin, who took the messenger bag project to a whole new level.


Photo © Erika Martin; All rights reserved.


Be sure to read Erika's blog post to see more photos and learn what she used instead of a button to close her bag with—it's truly an inspiration.

Seeing how others take my ideas and add their personal touch reminds me of how much I love what I do. Thank you to everyone who's shared their creativity with me this year; you've helped make 2009 a fabulous year.

~ Kata Golda


January 3, 2010 (2pm)
Join me for a book signing and felt craft demo at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.


Kata Golda is available for custom and commissioned pieces large and small,
and will gladly teach workshops for children and adults. Call or email for details.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Upcoming Appearances in 2010

I hope you all have had a relaxing holiday season, and were able to find some quiet moments in all the hustle and bustle. I've been enjoying the past few days relaxing, but am already itching to create new things and already have a few trips planned for the new year.


PORTLAND, OREGON

First up is a book signing
this Sunday, January 3, 2010, at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon. Come down to Powell's on Burnside at 2 p.m. to say hi, get your book signed, and get advice on your felt projects. I'd love to see what you're working on!
January 3, 2010 | 2 p.m.

Powell's Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-4651
(800) 878-7323



NEW YORK CITY

In March I'll be heading back to NYC, and already have a handful of book signings and workshops lined up, with more on the way. Here's what's officially confirmed:

March 20, 2010 (Saturday)

1 – 4pm | Handmade Crafternoon | New York Public Library (Manhattan)

Mark your calendars for free craft exploration! Join crafty librarian Jessica Pigza and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for a free series of DIY days at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Handmade Crafternoon includes a hands-on project with author Kata Golda and an inspiring spread of vintage books and magazines from the Library’s collections. More details coming soon.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Room 227)
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
917-ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975)


6:15 – 8:15pm | Felt Craft Workshop | Purl Patchwork (Soho)

Kata Golda will explain her unique hand-stitching techniques and will walk students through making felt project from her new book Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt.

Purl Patchwork
147 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 420-8798


March 21, 2010 (Sunday)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Books of Wonder (Brooklyn)

Kata Golda highlights felt craft projects from her book that are suitable for kids. More details coming soon. See what a mom & her 6-year-old made together.

Books of Wonder
128 Union Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(212) 989-3270


3 – 7 p.m. | Brooklyn General Store

Kata Golda visits Brooklyn General Store, where country fiber warms the big city. Details coming soon.

128 Union Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 237-7753


March 22, 2010 (Monday)

4 – 8 p.m. | Craft Night at Etsy Labs
Kata Golda returns to Etsy for her second felt craft demo at the Etsy Labs. Drop in anytime between 4–8 p.m. Instructions are given throughout the night as participants arrive, so don't worry if you swing by after work at 6 — you won't be missing out on the demo. More details coming soon. (Watch demo from Kata Golda's first visit.)

55 Washington St
Suite 512 (5th floor)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7955


I hope to see you at one, if not more, of these events. If you've made projects from Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt, be sure to bring them — I love to see the personal touches people add.

~ Kata Golda


Kata Golda is available for custom and commissioned pieces large and small, and will gladly teach workshops for children and adults. Call or email for details.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Ordering Deadline Extended

It barely made it above freezing today — a rarity in this mossy little seaside town — which means I really am going to be spending a lot of time warming up by the fire. So, in celebration of fire-side stitching, I decided today to extend my holiday ordering deadline.

To avoid expedited shipping costs and receive your gift orders by December 23, please order by Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

If you're ordering closer to the holiday, please call or email me and I'll let you know if expedited shipping costs will apply.


~ Kata Golda



Place your holiday gift orders by 12/15/09 to receive them by 12/23:
http://katagolda.com



Kata Golda is available for custom and commissioned pieces large and small,
and will gladly teach workshops for children and adults. Call or email for details.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kata Golda on GOOP

As many of you've noticed, I have not been posting as much on my blog lately; the holiday season is my busiest stitching time and I confess that the draw of sitting by the fire with my sewing and mug of hot tea is more powerful than the glossy screen of my laptop. Hot tea and electronics don't tend to get along very well together.

However, I am still taking orders for the holidays — including the personalized stockings, stuffed companions, and felt banners for your fireplace mantel that Gwyneth Paltrow mentioned this past week in her blog, GOOP.


If there's something you'd like made for the holidays, just let me know. I'll put another pot of tea on and get right to work.


~ Kata Golda



Place your holiday gift orders today:
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Time to Make Gifts

This time of year is always the busiest for me. I put in long hours of stitching to fill orders, and somewhere in between find small crevices of space to make gifts for family and friends — the key word being make. In what can be a very hectic and stressful time of year, I find it much more rewarding (and enjoyable) to sit and create a unique present for someone, rather than battle crowds in stores.

This is how most of the items in my collection came to be; they started as gifts, evolving over the years in design and form. I have many friends and family to thank for their help with the fine-tuning process.


One of those friends is Ohma Felt, the maker of the hand-dyed felt that I use in all my projects. Over the years she has developed the felt so that it's just the right thickness (heavy but easy to stitch), has a lovely texture, and comes in a range of great hand-dyed colors, many of which are inspired by our respective gardens. Should your stitching projects require large pieces of wool felt, I encourage you to order wool felt directly from Ohma.com— the large sheets are about 30 x 30 inches.


But if it's a just small project that you need felt for, and you're looking for an assortment of smaller scraps, I offer drawstring cloth bags of Ohma's felt scraps, full of a variety of colors in all shapes and sizes.

If you're not sure where to begin and want some guidance with your holiday gift-making, Kata Golda’s Hand-Stitched Felt has easy-to-follow patterns for felt projects that are suitable for children and adults alike. To help make it even easier for beginners, I’ve put together DIY kits for each project that contain the felt, thread, and any other accessories you might need to complete your project.


The framed felt patch, for example, is available in 3 different designs (boy bunny, girl bunny, and giraffe). Each comes with felt, thread, and a wood frame; colors vary depending on which design you order. These make for nice decorations in a baby's nursery or child's bedroom.



The mug cozy with a built-in-coaster is an easy-to-make afternoon project, and will keep your beverage warm and your table surfaces protected. The kit comes with felt, thread, button and a white earthenware mug.



The journal is another project that doesn't take much time, especially since the DIY comes with the pre-cut paper you need for the inside. It has lots of uses—it can also be a sketchbook, recipe book, or mini-scrapbook. I like to make mine into a calendar; it fits easily into my bag and gives me a place to keep my to-do lists. There are 2 designs to choose from (bird or leaves), with each kit containing the thread, felt and paper.



And if you want something a little more involved — but still not too challenging — the stuffed animal projects (whose kits include stuffing) are fun and come in a range of designs for boys and girls, such as rabbits (shown below), dogs and mice.


Just remember that to make these projects you’ll need to reference Kata Golda’s Hand-Stitched Felt for the patterns, as the DIY kits only contain the materials. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Good luck with your gift-making!

~ Kata Golda



Beat the holiday rush — place your gift orders today:
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Putting the Garden to Bed


The last of the color (the Japanese maple) is slowly scattering its leaves all over the ground. Working in the garden becomes a little less inviting at this time of year, often requiring layers of wool clothing and rain boots. But it must be put to bed... soil amended, plants either pulled out of the ground or cut back. It's time to collect seeds, plant bulbs, and start enjoying the canned tastes of summer.

BELOW: The dying sun flowers stuck around to add atmosphere for Halloween, not to mention that the birds are still enjoying them.



BELOW: The garden beds, covered in a thick layer of straw.


All of this means that it's nice time to curl up by the fire and sew! Which is good, as I have a lot of it to do at this time of year. It seems that these days the winter holiday season begins the day after Halloween. Need something to sew? Time to start making holiday gifts perhaps?


~ Kata Golda



Get a head start on the holiday rush — place your gift orders today:
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Back from NYC

I'm back from the big city, jumping back into my studio with the trip undigested and little time to reflect the wonderful way it all played out. Lots and lots of walking and watching and listening to the city, punctuated by café sits with my little friend and my stitching.



I come home with a feeling of great appreciation for Leslie at STC Craft, who arranged two stitching events while I was in New York City:



ETSY CRAFT NIGHT

The first was a demonstration at Etsy's Craft Night, where the big, wooden tables quickly cluttered up with felt, scissors and thread...and were surrounded by conversation and community. It was a great turn-out, both in the real space (yes, Etsy is a place!) and virtually with the live webcast.




Thanks goes to Julie at Etsy for making the workshop a success, and also to all of the people who attended. If you missed it, I've posted a link to the webcast so that you and your friends can view the felt photo pocket demo from that day.

There are also photos from the workshop on my Kata Golda Fan Page; here are a few that I took:




PURL SOHO WORKSHOP

The second event was a full workshop at Purl, a shop full of friendly, helpful folks and the most inspiring fabrics and yarns — a stitcher's dream. Thanks goes to Nikki, who helped make it a cozy evening spent making sewing tool pockets and finger puppets (two of the DIY projects from my book).



Upon my return to my mossy little seaside town, I can feel from the chill of the wind that fall has arrived. The golden leaves now cover the green grass, which is sprinkled with vibrant orange pumpkins, ready to be picked.

It's good to be home.

~ Kata Golda


I'm now taking holiday gift orders — place yours today to avoid the rush:
Shop KataGolda.com


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Etsy Video: Felt Photo Pockets with Kata Golda



Thank you to everyone who was able to show up (both in person and online) for my wool felt craft demo at Etsy on yesterday.

For those of you that missed it, here's a re-broadcast, in 2 parts, of the live webcast demo on how to make a felt photo pocket. There were some problems with sound, but hopefully these 2 videos will help fill in the gaps.

VIDEO LINKS:

Felt Photo Pockets with Kata Golda (Part 1)

Felt Photo Pockets with Kata Golda (Part 2)



You can also find instructions in Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt; and if you're looking for materials I offer DIY kits for most projects in the book.




~ Kata Golda


Would you like a free copy of Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt?
Visit STC Craft's blog and watch the video they made using my felt mouse finger puppets. When it's done, post a comment you'll be entered to win a copy of my craft book. One winner will be chosen at random; contest ends October 30, 2009.



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Friday, October 16, 2009

Oct. 19: Kata Golda live demo in the Etsy Labs


Holding a photograph in your hand is a special and intimate treat, and it is especially rare these days, as so many pictures are stored and shared digitally instead of in an album.

A felt photo pocket, like the one shown above, is a lovely way to keep a special stash of photos on hand. It makes a perfect gift for any family member or friend who appreciates this old fashioned pleasure.

The complete instructions for how to make a felt photo pocket can be found in Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt — and if you need wool felt and thread, I now offer a photo pocket supplies kit to go along with the book, in both the dog design and a botanical design (show below).



But if you're better at learning hands-on, then join me at Etsy's Craft Night on Monday, October 19 and I'll show you how to make your own felt photo pocket.

You can stop by the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn anytime on Oct. 19 between 4-8 p.m. ET at 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 (Brooklyn, New York) — or you can watch the live demo online, in Etsy's Virtual Labs, at 5 p.m. ET that day.


See you on Monday!


~ Kata Golda



Would you like a free copy of Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt?
Visit STC Craft's blog and watch the video they made using my felt mouse finger puppets. When it's done, post a comment you'll be entered to win a copy of my craft book. One winner will be chosen at random; contest ends October 30, 2009.



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Monday, October 12, 2009

Kata Golda's on Tour



The little finger puppets from my book are becoming quite the rock stars — complete with a world tour.

In the past week they've been to:

Manhattan, NYC, where they met up with Alicia Kachmar's Safety Cones for an urban photoshoot (see the full shoot on Flickr).




Soho, for an interview at Purl Patchwork, where Kata Golda will be teaching a workshop on October 21, 2009 (to register, call 212-420-8798).




Seattle, Washington for a some craft-planning with Wise Craft. Perhaps the "Holds Everything Bucket" will be her next DIY project?




Austin, Texas, where Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt got a "paws up" book review from Etienne Lepine in The Statesman.


Wellesley, Massachusetts, to show artist Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps how to make her own felt journal.




Where will their next appearance be? Looks like it's back to NYC for some demos and workshops:

October 19, 2009 | Craft Night at Etsy Labs
Sign up to attend in person, or watch the live demo online (5pm EST / 2p.m. PST).

Fall is in the air! This evening we will be autumn-inspired felt projects with Kata Golda, artist and craft book author. Drop in anytime between 4-8pm to craft with us. Instructions are given throughout the night as participants arrive. So don't worry, if you swing by after work at 6, for example, you won't be missing out on the demo.

Or stop by for our weekly Craft Night in our online, interactive classroom, the Virtual Labs, for a live demo via webcam at 5 p.m. ET.




October 21, 2009 | Purl Patchwork

Kata Golda will explain her unique hand-stitching techniques and will walk students through making a tool pouch and finger puppet from her new book Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt. No sewing experience is required! The class fee is $45.00 and students can purchase a materials kit for the class which includes everything you need for the projects including her book for an additional $35. To sign up, call the store at 212-420-8798.



By then, it might be time for these guys to take a little nap before they head out on the road again (look for them in Portland, Oregon, in early January 2010).



~ Kata Golda



Would you like a free copy of Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt?
Visit STC Craft's blog and watch the video they made using my felt mouse finger puppets. When it's done, post a comment you'll be entered to win a copy of my craft book. One winner will be chosen at random; contest ends October 30, 2009.



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Friday, October 9, 2009

New at Kata Golda: Felt Halloween Items

Fall's off to a busy start, and any moment I can steal away to do my stitching is a cherished one.

Often that comes in the early (and I do mean early) hours of the day, before even my friends on the east coast are awake. These are the hours my mind is most clear, and I'm truly focused on the more complex parts of my creative work and able to get perspective on the day to come. When I hear my daughter's footsteps come down the stairs, I know the rest of the world is awake and it's time to turn to the task of making breakfast, calling customers, and getting orders together. The whirlwind of the day has begun.

With a trip to NYC coming up and the holiday season just around the corner, those quiet morning times to myself will be all the more special. All the prep work for my Etsy workshop is done, and I'm getting started on filling Halloween orders.

This is really the first time I've offered Halloween-specific items, and I've already received a great response to my felt crowns and wands—popular with wizards and fairy princesses (and even their cats).





Speaking of cats, I've also created a new special black cat edition of the stuffed companion cat, adorned with a small pumpkin on its shirt. Like all of the stuffed companions, it's available plain or personalized, as a boy or a girl. Your hand-stitched message goes inside the pumpkin.



Of course it wouldn't be a Kata Golda Halloween if there wasn't a felt photo album involved. The felt-covered pumpkin brag book holds 36 photos and is decorated with a felt pumpkin design that's similar to the one on my pumpkin enclosure card. It can be personalized with a hand-stitched name or message (I chose "little pumpkin" for my little girl's album).


Looking back on all of these items, it's clear that I've once I've been inspired by my garden, and I've used pumpkins quite a bit in these designs. Their shape and color are a reminder that fall's fading light does not mean a loss of vibrance.

~ Kata Golda



Would you like a free copy of Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt?
Visit STC Craft's blog and and watch the video they made using my felt mouse finger puppets. When it's done, post a comment you'll be entered to win a copy of my craft book. One winner will be chosen at random; contest ends October 30, 2009.



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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Harvest Time


I am feeling a bit like an instruction manual at this moment as opposed to a novel; all the activity of the past week has been a bit overwhelming. But if I stay on task and follow the morning check list, that feeling quickly melts away.

That said, it is an exciting moment for Kata Golda! So many things have happened this past week, with many more things on the horizon — including a live craft demo at Etsy's Brooklyn office.


Here's everything that's going on:


Kata Golda's New 2010-2011 Collection

I'm pleased to announce that my new 2010-2011 collection is ready, with printed catalogs making their way into the world and a newly refreshed web site open for shopping.

I have a lot of new designs for classic Kata Golda favorites, such as the felt patch photo albums and tooth fairy pillows, and have introduced many new items as well. One that I am really excited about is the do-it-yourself kits, which provide materials for the patterns in my new book.

[BELOW] The Stuffed Dog (Boy) Kit comes with all the materials you need to make one of the stuffed animal projects from Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt.




Book Release: Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt

My first craft book came out on October 1, and the team at STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books put together a lovely short video that stars the mice from the book's finger puppet project.




October 19: Kata Golda at Craft Night at Etsy Labs

Etsy kindly invited me to lead a workshop at Craft Night, their open-house gathering of crafters that's held weekly in their Brooklyn office. Join me there at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 19 for a workshop on how to make two felt projects from my book: photo pockets and business card holders.

Sign up to attend in person, or watch the live video feed on Etsy's Virtual Lab at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST).

Please note: in order to watch Etsy's video feed, you must log in, so plan accordingly. You can register for your free account at Etsy.com.



[BELOW] The photo pocket (left) and business card holder (right), from Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt. Both projects will be featured at Etsy's Craft Night on October 19, 2009.




Thank you to everyone who helped and worked hard to make all these things possible; your tireless efforts are greatly appreciated.

Happy stitching!

~ Kata Golda


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Friday, October 2, 2009

Kata Golda's now on Facebook




With all the new things happening at Kata Golda this week (mailing of the 2010-2011 catalog, the soon-to-be-released web site, a new craft book), why not add one more?

And so I announce the latest addition to my collection of social media tools: Kata Golda's Facebook fan page, soon to be filled with announcements about new work, appearances, and photos of my studio.

Now if only I could add hand-stitching to give the page that special Kata Golda touch...

~ Kata Golda