Monday, March 29, 2010

How to Make Felt Finger Puppets

My trip to New York City last week was incredibly fun. Each day was filled with exploring the city, eating yummy food, and of course a fun felt craft demo and book signing for Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt.

The project of choice for this trip was my felt finger puppets — easy to learn, quick to make, and fun for each person to personalize. If you missed out, or want to see the demo again, you can watch the Etsy Virtual Labs video: Felt Finger Puppets with Kata Golda.

Once again I want to thank all the people who hosted me and made it so much fun:
And even though my events at Purl Soho (who's moving to a bigger space in April!) and Brooklyn General had to be canceled, I owe them a huge thanks as well for inviting me and supporting my work. I hope to reschedule when I make my next trip to NYC.

Now that I'm home it's back to filling orders, tending my garden, and sorting through the photos from my trip. I'll post them here and on my Facebook fan page as I go through them.

~ 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.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

*NYC Schedule Changes*

ABOVE: A finger puppet gives bunny ears to the bunny.

Yesterday's book signing and demo at Kate's Paperie went quite well; what a pleasant surprise to see so many familiar faces! Thanks to Kate's for hosting and for everyone who stopped by.

Today from 2-4pm I'll be at New York Public Library for Handmade Crafternoon, showing adults & kids how to make finger puppets. Stop in, make one yourself, and check out the lovely books that the library has pulled out for inspiration.

There have been some schedule changes to my NYC appearances; both Purl Soho and Brooklyn General have canceled, but there are still other opportunities to come learn felt crafting with me: Kata Golda's NYC Schedule.

~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.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Fever = New Items on Etsy

I'm happy to report that creativity is alive and well in my studio — in fact, the more busy I am, the more creative I seem to get. It can be a vicious cycle, but actually it's a fine predicament to be in.

A new craft book proposal is underway (hint: it will be a follow-up to this book), and as I prepare to give felt craft workshops this weekend in NYC, new ideas — like this exposed binding blank journal —keep insisting on being made.

ABOVE: Embroidered Blank Book (Bird on Branch) — opens wide for easy writing and sketching. 92pp.

Those familiar with my springtime collection know that I offer a felt easter basket, complete with a felt egg and chick. Now you can make your own felt eggs with my Felt Egg DIY kit ($6). Sew up a dozen!

ABOVE: Even felt eggs can break... fortunately they're not as messy as real ones.

The egg kit, all 7 blank book designs and new finger puppets are all available on Etsy, which is where I sell one-of-a-kind items and test new ideas. Let me know what you think: visit Kata Golda's Etsy boutique.

Better yet, join me at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn this Monday, March 22 (4-8pm EST) for a free felt craft workshop. Not in NYC? Sign in that day on and watch the live web cast on Etsy Virtual Labs (5PM EST).

And if Monday just isn't your day to craft, there are lots of other opportunities to do some felt stitching with me this weekend: full NYC schedule. Stop by, say hi, and learn something new!

~ 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.

** MARCH 19-22, 2010 **
Kata Golda is teaching workshops, classes and demos in NYC (see full schedule).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New for 2010: Easter & Springtime Items

Twice last week I gave in to the lure of the sun, procrastinating on work in order to get outside to garden. How could I resist? Even though it's early for this mossy little town, there's no denying it's here. Crocus bulbs have opened up and hyacinths are not far behind... color is slowly revealing itself in my garden.

It was this time last year that I was planning my 2010-2011 catalog, and looking through it's easy to see Spring's influence: lambs joined my family of animal characters, my card line expanded, and an Easter-themed collection blossomed.

Most notable is the felt Easter basket — I use mine to collect fresh eggs, but small ones will adore the felt egg and chick that are nested inside. For a limited time I'm offering hand-stitched personalization on the basket (simply indicate it in the message box when placing your order on

Also new this Spring are the Custom Flat Card Sets—a combination of layered paper and stitched felt that are truly a labor of love and unite my favorite elements: stitching, felt, words and paper. The 3½ x 5¼" flat cards are a soft white, acid-free Italian cotton paper decorated with a hand-stitched wool felt design and accented with your message, typed on rice paper. The cards are blank on the back, and come in a set of 10 with matching envelopes. They're great for announcing birthdays, Easter egg hunts, new additions to the family, and parties. Just make up your message and choose one of nine designs.

For those living in places that still have snow... don't worry, I'll be getting a seasonal reality check soon. I'm heading to NYC for a book tour, including felt craft classes and demos, where it's sure to be on the nippy side. Hope to see you there!

~ Kata Golda

Meet Kata Golda in New York City, March 19-22, 2010: workshops, free demos and book signings. SEE FULL SCHEDULE