Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Applications are now open

If you follow us on Facebook then you will surely have learnt that applications for our next set of markets are now open. The coming months for Encraftment are super exciting, with two lots of markets planned for the month of December.

First up the Bambino Market on Saturday December 7th at Rangi Ruru Girls' School. Much like the name suggests this market is dedicated to the little guys and girls in our lives and will be a fabulous spot for Christmas shopping.

The following weekend is our Christmas Market extravaganza, on December 14th and December 15th in Cathedral Square. The market will have a fun Christmas vibe, we are hoping to bring Santa to the event as well as gift wrapping, not to mention the Gifting Tree already in the square for The City Mission. 

Check out each of the event pages for links to the application forms and loads more details.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Queen Stitch

Where did you come up with the name The Queen Stitch? 
I wanted a snappy name that reflected my craft of choice without heading down the cutsey  path littered with icky puns. 

I’ve always been a huge fan of David Bowie and of the films of Wes Anderson. Bowie’s song Queen Bitch featured in the film The Life Aquatic so I thought a play on the song title was a nice tribute to two of my key influences whilst still being a distinctive name in it’s own right. I mean, I am the Queen of my strange little Kingdom, after all! 

What are five words to describe your work?
Pop Culture. Eccentric. Geek fuelled. Unique. 

What was your favourite toy as a child? And now?
As a kid it was my Sindy dolls (Sindy was was shorter and frumpier English version of Barbie). I was a pretty antisocial child so would shut myself away and immerse myself in some pretty melodramatic and scandal filled storylines that would span weeks. I was also pretty into crafting bespoke (if not slightly greasy) furniture for my dolls out of empty margarine tubs. 

These days I’m completely besotted with Spotify and being able to wirelessly stream music through devices. It’s the ultimate toy for music fans and has completely changed the way I listen to and discover music. Yes, I also mourn the loss of the traditional record or CD collection, but to have almost every album ever made right at your fingertips constantly blows me away. I could preach for hours, but will just say it’s the future, and the more people that embrace it as a social platform for sharing, the better for us all!  

What is making you happy right now? 

Well right this very moment, I’m doing three of my favourite things:
  1. Writing
  2. Sipping a gin and tonic
  3. Listening to the new Arctic Monkeys song for the 5000th time (secretly hoping that if I play it enough times Alex Turner will materialize out of the speakers and declare his undying love). 
I’m becoming increasingly aware that true happiness is all about appreciating the little things and just living in the moment, so on that basis, life doesn't really get much better than it is right now!

What did you dream about last night? 
I can’t remember last night’s dream, but a few days ago I had this amazing dream where I was hanging out with Nick Cave in his kitchen. We had a cup of tea and perched on the counter top complaining to each other about the politics of the modern day Glastonbury festival. Nick’s kitchen was very large and sunny with expansive polished concrete counter tops and eco ply lining the walls. It was quite beautiful. 
I said to him,“Hey Nick, I really love what you’ve done with your kitchen and your environmentally conscious decision to use a sustainable material on these walls. I’d love to bake you something in it one day.” To which he agreed.

What is something that always makes you feel better?
My Wheaten Terrier, Chewie. He’s always so loyal and happy to see me. He never gets grumpy no matter how hard I hug him. He’s the best flat mate a girl could ask for!  

Do you do anything crazy to inspire creativity? 
Not really. But i guess we all have different perceptions of what crazy is. I’ll just say that it usually involves a gin and/or tea and some baggy pajama pants. I’ll let your imagination do the rest as I’m sure it’s far more exciting than the reality!

Were you popular in high school?
I don’t THINK I was unpopular, but I certainly wasn’t one of the cool girls either. I went to Avonside Girls and my group of friends and I were the obnoxious drama crowd. I guess in modern terms, we were the Glee club (*groans*). We would usually be seen performing in assembly doing some weird and hurriedly assembled skit to promote science week or competing in Theatresports tournaments. 

Yeah, the ever endearing combination of geeky AND loud. I guess it was all character building, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Plus, I’m still best friends with the group, so that’s pretty swell. 

What is your favourite quote?
"Nothing is important, so people, realising that, should get on with their lives, go mad, take their clothes off, jump in the canal, jump into one of those supermarket trolleys, race around the supermarket and steal Mars bars and, y'know, kiss kittens and sit on the back of bread vans." - Morrissey

What do you hope to be remembered for?
Big hair. Great taste in music. Gave good hugs. Made a mean cup of tea.  

Sunday, 13 October 2013


MumMa is a Creation Created by Two Sisters (MumMa-Lia & MumMa-Reta) from Christchurch, NZ. We offer Childrens Wear & Accessories Made in New Zealand ranging from 3mths to 4yrs.

Where did you come up with the name MumMa? It was pretty straight forward - both being Mothers and also referencing our own mother as MumMa... it seemed logical! Knowing that we were embarking on this adventure for love rather than money, our company name "MumMa" was perfect in summarising what we are all about!

What are five words that describe your work? Original, Unique, Quality, Never dull!

What was your favourite toy as a child? Teddy dressed in Adidas onesie tracksuit & a brown rabbit! (we still have them!)

And now? 
Mareta: Mobile! lol.... I consider that a toy!
Malia: Snap Press machine....I know it sounds totally lame!!! lol

What is making you happy right now? 
Family - never a dull moment, the reality check kicks in when you spend time with your children.  

What did you dream about last night? 
Mareta: No idea!... was out like a light!
Malia: Dreamed about getting more sleep! lol

What is something that can always make you feel better? 
Mareta: Chocolate.... how can it not! 
Malia: Chocolate!!! I'm a chocoholic!

Do you do anything crazy to inspire creativity?  
We are mums... what do you think... you can not help but be a little crazy at times! lol.

We get inspired by not doing anything "crazy" but by noticing people around us. We pay attention to what people are wearing and how they wear their outfits and think "wow....I have an idea for a piece" and we develop our ideas from there. We pay attention to whats hot and whats not and what the latest trends are and do our best not to follow them!

Were you popular in High School? 
Mareta: I think thats a matter of opinion! lol.......
Malia: Well...I don't think I ever really was, I was too much of an introvert!

What is your favourite quote? 
Mareta: "Don't spend time helping others reach their dream, spend time making your own dream happen!"
Malia: "You are never too old to dream another dream or to set another goal" C.S.Lewis
What do you hope to be remembered for?
Being a person who gave everything a go and that we were not quitters, but more importantly doing our best at being as best parents as we possibly could be!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Hibiscus Interview by Kirstee Griffiths

Where did you come up with the name Hibiscus? I have a love for all things tropical. In my youth I spent some years living in such bliss, and used to pick a hibiscus and pop it in my hair every morning before work. It’s my way of bring the Whitsunday’s to Christchurch!

What are five words that describe your work? The first one would have to be unique. Fabric decoupage is still fairly new to New Zealand, so many people do a double take and need to touch the glossy surface just to check it’s real! Second up, I have to say it’s total funk! I bring the pizazz into normal, everyday pieces of furniture, not only giving them a second or third life, but also bring them ‘back’ to life...I’d also describe my work as ‘happy’. Not only does it make me just that creating it, but the fabric I use tends to scream happy - like the bold yellow polka dot’s I’m covering on and old school chair today.Lastly, I’d go with retro and vintage. I love scouring op shops and finding treasures of yesteryear and re loving them with a modern twist.

What was your favourite toy as a child? And now? I’m not sure I had a favourite growing up. I did have a rather large collection of Barbie's which I have now passed on to my children.Vintage hand knitted gowns adorn them, so for this reason, and my passion for reuse, recycle, I think they would have to rate top of my list.

What is making you happy right now? Lentils! I have discovered a new guru Wonder Woman and home cook, Eleanor  Ozich, and have been devouring my way through her winter edition of Petite Kitchen.Lentils feature at least once a week on our family menu.

What did you dream about last night? A gigantic bed. It comes with the territory of frequently having a wriggly two year old nap with you!

What is something that can always make you feel better? A great big hug and a massage. never underestimate the power of touch.

Do you do anything crazy to inspire creativity? Do losing days on Pinterest  and hours on overseas fabric websites count?!!

Were you popular in High School? Not particularly. There was a clear segregation in our 7th form common room. The cool kid’s on one side and the more studious types on the other. I was one of about 10 girls who sat in a line between the two, having friends on both sides. I’ve got to say I’ve never been one for boxes.

What is your favourite quote? The grass is always greener where you water it...

What do you hope to be remembered for? I think, just being me.My love, creativity and faith in myself to barrage on through whatever stands in my path.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Miss Mavis

Where did you come up with the name Miss Mavis? We gave our daughter for a middle name, the name of two of her great-grandmothers - Mavis. From the start, her nickname has been Miss Mavis, which I love... So I stole it!

What five words describe your work? Colourful, textural, handmade, quality, fun.

What was your favourite toy as a child? And now? Karly... a stuffed, fluffy Koala bear, which I used to hold by one ear whilst sucking my thumb and (I can't believe I am telling you this), with the other hand I would pull the fluff off and tickle my nose with it.  I now have 5 very old, very ragged, very bare Karly's that I treasure! Now... Hate to say it but probably my iPad.

What is making you happy right now? Right now? The sunshine!

What did you dream about last night? I'm not one to remember my dreams but randomly last night I remember dreaming about giving sewing lessons! Had better dreams

What is something that can always make you feel better? A crisp early morning run around Hagley Park -invigorating!  And a great way to blow away any cobwebs or ailments.

Do you do anything crazy to inspire creativity? Not crazy, but I love trawling through second hand and op shops, they are overflowing with great inspiration!

We're you popular in High School? Popular with those that mattered, my friends. "Popular" is over-rated.

What is your favourite quote? All-time favourite is Martin Luther King's "I have a dream".  But right now I have on constant repeat   "Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being positive about what could go right".

What do you hope to be remembered for? Raising two great, all round kids (Kids, don't let me down on this one!)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

In My Backyard

In My Backyard features the designs and illustrations of Katie Wilson - I mostly create illustrated goodies like prints and stationery, but you can also find screen printed fabric, soft toys and accessories like scarves and brooches.

Where did you come up with the name In My Backyard?
Most of my designs and illustrations are inspired by the things I see and find out in my backyard.

What are five words that describe your work?
Cute, textured, whimsical, illustrative and lovely!

What was your favourite toy as a child? And now? 
A brown bear that my mum made - I still have her and she is still my favourite!

What is making you happy right now?
It's almost spring!

What did you dream about last night?
I can't remember!

What is something that can always make you feel better?
Getting outside - either pottering in my garden or going to the paddocks to visit my horse.

Do you do anything crazy to inspire creativity?
Not really, sitting down with paints, pencils and a sketchbook is as crazy as I get...

Were you popular in High School?
Not really, but I wasn't unpopular!

What is your favourite quote?
"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" - Oscar Wilde

What do you hope to be remembered for?
I'd like to think that some of the things I make stay around for a while after me.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Crazy Bird Designs

Where did you come up with the name? My darling children! But crazy is a good thing right?

What are five words that describe your work? Eclectic, unique, ethical, vintage, whimsical.

What was your favourite toy as a child? And now? My childhood pooch, Hamish, a faithful Springer Spaniel who would endure any number of imaginary adventures! My favourite toy now? My adulthood pooch Rosa- although she probably views me as her toy!

What is making you happy right now? Creating a new home with the kids and hubbie on the outskirts of Christchurch after losing our beloved bungalow to the quakes.

What did you dream about last night? uuummmm

What is something that can always make you feel better? Being outside, beach combing- fossicking  for perfect little bits of nature to hoard, playing the flute and piano is always a goodie

Do you do anything crazy to inspire creativity? I hoard, hoard, hoard! NEVER throw anything away that might come in useful! Then I draw and scribble notes on tiny bits of paper that end up everywhere....once I'm sorted on a design in mind my highly organised alter-ego takes over!

Were you popular in High School? I didn't run with the posy, probably more dork than diva

What is your favourite quote? "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living." - Dr. Seuss

What do you hope to be remembered for? Someone who was there for people, a person who can listen, help, hug and select a decent bottle of red.