T-shirt wool 


Our t-shirt yarn is becoming increasingly popular with people who like to go home and knit, crochet and knot their own. Each skein is 55m long and since it's recycled, you get what is available at the moment, or, as a little friend recently said: "you get what you get, so don't get upset"!
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Can it possibly be that time again? 


These beauties are about to embark on a looong journey on a ship to Finland, where they will arrive just in time to spread a bit of love and cheer on some lucky Finnish Christmas trees!
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New in the webshop 


We've just stocked up the Mielie webshop with beautiful new bags and pencil cases. At the moment our webshop is only available for Mielie peeps in South Africa.


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Changes... 


Great news! We are moving to the beautiful and lofty Fairweather House in Woodstock! I love the walls, the roof trusses, the concrete, the ceiling beams. But most of all I like the quality of the light. I can't wait to photograph Mielie products in the space! Mausie the red bicycle will keep the Mielie flag flying until we move in... but first there is lots of packing to do.
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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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