Decorex impressions 


Our Nguni and Bubble wrap handbags spent most of the time at Decorex chatting to felter extraordinaire Ronel Jordaan's beautiful felt cushions. Meantime everyone had fun chillaxing in the Bat chair...
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When the going gets tough... 


... the tough get braiding. We were privileged to be invited to be part of the Textile Showcase of the South African Handmade collection at Decorex in Joburg last week. Sheila and I went up to fly the Mielie flag, and it was great to connect with Mielie fans and all the creative people who were showing their newest collections.

My last word on Jozie? Dang, those girls (and boys!) sure know how to braid!
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Meet the creators 


Nomfuneko, Nomelikhaya and Ntsaphokazi (not pictured) were the genii who created the new design Mielie bags. Nomalizo has been one of the driving forces behind the new Mielie crochet project. She has been using Mielie strips to crochet our beautiful new SitIn crate seats (more here).
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Two new designs 

I just love it when an idea turns into something beautiful!
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Vintage treasure 


I found this beautiful vintage blanket at the Milnerton market recently. It's so neatly crocheted (is that really the past tense of crochet?)! Makes me think that we should try out a crochet gym ball next...
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Finland, have a ball! 


These beauties are headed for Finland. Our new! improved! crochet balls and one beautiful Mielie'ed ball in purples and pinks. It took quite a bit of head-scratching to get the pattern perfect, but the C-Team did not disappoint - that's C for Crochet, if you were wondering. They fit around a gym ball and make a fabulous computer chair/tv-watching footrest/excercise ball/sculptural piece when not in use.
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Nifty shoppers in the shop 

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What more can I say? 

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Moving the mountain to Khayelitsha 


Because there is very little work at the moment, we've decided to save the weavers' transport money and send the Mielie-mountain to the mammas, instead of asking them to come to the Mielie mother-ship in Newlands. Everybody met at Zanele's and soaked up some rays of sunshine while waiting their turn to get their week's work. It was also great to see all the children and grandchildren.

Finally, you may notice that I've reactivated the comments field because this blog was just becoming a one-sided affair. So please leave me a comment, and please don't tell those spammers, ok?
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Check it out 


We've just popped these tartan cushions into the shop. They came out so nicely, I think I might try the tartan designs on some bags.
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