8 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  1. Eight, because that’s my lucky number…but only because my favourite player in the All Blacks Zinzan Brooke (when I was 12 years old) played in the #8 jersey…sigh…(The All Blacks play rugby union, for those of you living outside the Commonwealth, and play for New Zealand NOT Australia if you are from Chicago)
  2. Kia orana!! Greeting and welcome in Cook Islands maori.  No, I am not fluent (not even close) but I do have a special place in my heart for the people of the Cook Islands, and Aitutaki in particular.  A stunning people and a stunning part of the world- so beautiful it makes my breath catch when I think back to our two years there.
  3. Speaking of the Cook Islands, it was there that I caught the weaving bug.  But not with yarns of wool, silk and alpaca – fibres from the coconut palm and pandanus trees.  Fibres that the peoples of the Pacific have been using in their everyday life for centuries.  When I started talking with the local girls about learning to weave, they raised their eyebrows but kindly pointed me to the Vainetini, a women’s craft group.  It was there that “Auntie” Josie tested out my commitment (“…I think you should start with a placemat…”) before supplying me with some rau ara (dried and prepared pandanus) and helping me on my way.  You can see the full story here on Wrapt Weaving.
  4. Blue, Blue, Blue.  I have always loved blue – my favourite award at high school was the waterpolo Blue I received…my favourite rugby team was the Blue…my eyes are blue…then there is Aitutaki Blue, a range of blues that is so incredible, so pure, so unbelievably real it must be seen to be believed.

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    An insane range of blues in Aitutaki lagoon

  5. Outrigger canoeing was the perfect way to enjoy that sensational lagoon in Aitutaki.  Paddling on training runs out to deserted motu’s (islets) and back as the sun set was so beautiful it was unreal.  A half time dip in the water was great – just tip yourself out of the six-man canoe into the lagoon and refresh yourself.  Magic.  I continued to paddle when we moved on to Australia in the Whitsunday Islands, which is beautiful in itself but a completely different experience.
  6. I love a good cake.  But I love decorating them even more.
  7. I have R.A. (no, that’s not what President Bartlet had – that’s MS).  Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I am lucky and it is in drug-controlled remission.  Enough said really.
  8. I might have given it away in the last ‘thing’ but I have a bit of a thing for The West Wing…and Star Trek (the Next Generation, to be specific)…and Lost…and The Good Wife at the moment…am I a cliché??  I confess to marathon sessions while I weave away…shhhhhh!
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10 Reasons Why a Scarf from Wrapt in New Zealand is the Best Gift You’ll Ever Give

So why is a scarf or wrap from Wrapt in New Zealand the best choice for your next VIP gift?  Here are 10 good reasons:

  1. Enduring and long lasting – nothing to be consumed and forgotten here
  2. Portable – no need for excess baggage allowance at all
  3. Non-breakable – textiles are flexible and not at all fragile
  4. Non-alcoholic – no need to worry about busting someone’s diet or worse, giving offense
  5. Lightweight and easily posted – sending overseas is a breeze
  6. Works with carry-on luggage  – no need to worry about those liquid allowances at the airport
  7. Unique – hand crafted pieces can’t be replicated
  8. Meaningful – a true connection with you and New Zealand
  9. Memorable – stand out from the crowd by not giving a gift that will just be added to the pile
  10. Authentic – made by Kiwi hands using Kiwi yarns; a genuine piece of NZ

What are you waiting for? Don’t go straight to the “Wine & Fruit Basket” option –  Get in touch with us today!

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Pukeko wrap presented in a woven box

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Wrapt in New Zealand @ Auckland Museum

I am very excited to announce that Wrapt in New Zealand will now be available through the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the gorgeous Auckland Domain as of this month.  The Auckland Museum is one of my favourite parts of Auckland and I am honoured to be included with some incredibly talented artists and makers in the Auckland Museum Store.

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At Auckland Museum will we have a range of traditional scarves, wraps and infinity scarves in all six of the Wrapt in NZ native bird colourways: kea, kokako, pukeko, kiwi, tui and kereru.

They will also stock a new range of Taniko inspired needlework kits, for crafters of all abilities to create their own piece of New Zealand.

Taniko Needlework Kit

 

Wrapt in New Zealand

So my New Zealand Bird series has morphed into something pretty special – Wrapt in New Zealand.  

Wrapt in New Zealand uses Merino and rare breed wools, possum down, alpaca, cashmere and mohair fleeces from animals grown in New Zealand.  These yarns are spun and dyed by kiwi artisans before being transformed by a sixth-generation New Zealander into stunning, one-of-a-kind, hand-woven pieces.

The inspiration for these beautiful products comes from the native birds of Aotearoa:

Tui, Kiwi, Kereru, PukekoKea & Kokako

Wrapt in New Zealand has an uncompromising  commitment to craftsmanship.  It takes several days to transform more than a kilometre of yarn into a finished wrap.  Individual motifs inspired by Maori & Pacifica design are painstakingly added, customising each piece.

Wraps, scarves and blankets are all on offer at Wrapt in New Zealand.  Each piece represents a genuine piece of New Zealand.  Anyone lucky enough to own a Wrapt in New Zealand piece will be impressed by the intricacy and intrigued by the authentic references to New Zealand’s cultural and natural heritage.

They are a fantastic gift option for overseas guests or special visitors.  Not only will it blow them away, but it will become a spectacular memento of New Zealand and you.  Each piece is authentic, meaningful, simple to transport, that speaks of New Zealand’s unique place in the world.

Act now to send your special guest home embraced by a piece of New Zealand.  Contact us today!

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The Kereru

I love watching big, fat Kereru swoop through the bush, gorging themselves on puriri berries.  Also known as the New Zealand Wood Pigeon, they sit on branches in pairs, white breasts puffed out, beautiful feathers of green and purple shining in the sun.

A part of my New Zealand Birds series, the Kereru long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature.  Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand.  These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests.  The New Zealand Bird Series features Kereru, Kiwi, Kokako, Pukeko and Tui. For enquiries and order information, please email me at wraptweaving@gmail.com.

In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand.  The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures.  They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands.  They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.

Kereru Light Infinity Scarf

Kereru Light Infinity Scarf

Kereru Light Scarf

Kereru Light Scarf

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The Tui

The Tui has the most distinctive bird song in New Zealand (in my humble opinion!) and I love it.  Take a listen to the Tui communicating – it sounds a bit like R2D2!.  They are a type of honeyeater and are found throughout New Zealand.

For me, the predominant colours of the Tui are the iridescent blues and greens though they have a lovely saddle of browns to ground them – they’s be too gorgeous otherwise!

A part of my New Zealand Birds series, the Tui long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature.  Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand.  These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests.  The New Zealand Bird Series features Kereru, Kiwi, Kokako, Pukeko and Tui. For enquiries and order information, please email me at wraptweaving@gmail.com.

In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand.  The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures.  They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands.  They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.

Tui Concept

Tui Concept

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The Pukeko

Pukeko are found everywhere in New Zealand.  These purple swamp hens can be seen all the way from the far south to the north, beside lakes, beaches and motorways too.  They are a close cousin of the Takahe.

Pukekos are blue and black, with a bright red bill and legs.  They have a white under-tail that isn’t often seen.

A part of my New Zealand Birds series, the Tui long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature.  Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand.  These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests.  The New Zealand Bird Series features Kereru, Kiwi, Kokako, Pukeko and Tui. For enquiries and order information, please email me at wraptweaving@gmail.com.

In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand.  The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures.  They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands.  They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.

Pukeko Concept

Pukeko Concept

Pukeko Wrap

Pukeko Wrap

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The Kokako

The call of the Kokako is the same as it’s name – “ko~kaaa~ko-ko-ko”.  Again it is distinctive, but it is rare to hear this endangered bird outside sanctuaries.  It is a type of wattle bird, a relative of the Sadleback and the extinct Huia bird.

In Maori myth, it was the kōkako that gave Maui water as he fought the sun, seeking to slow the sun’s race across the sky.

Kokako are a lovely silver grey, with bright blue wattles in the North Island, and yellow or orange wattles in the South Island.

A part of my New Zealand Birds series, the Kokako long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature.  Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand.  These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests.  The New Zealand Bird Series features Kereru, Kiwi, Kokako, Pukeko and Tui. For enquiries and order information, please email me at wraptweaving@gmail.com.

In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand.  The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures.  They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands.  They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.

Kokako Concept

Kokako Concept

Kokako Wrap

Kokako Wrap

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The Kiwi

Of course, the Kiwi is the iconic bird of New Zealand – in fact New Zealanders are proudly called Kiwi’s the world over.  While they aren’t the most melodious of New Zealand birds, they are the cutest.  There are several species of Kiwi, and sadly all are under threat.

Kiwis all have a soft, downy brown feather.  These feathers adorned the most precious Maori cloaks known as kahu huruhuru

A part of my New Zealand Birds series, the Tui long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature.  Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand.  These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests.  The New Zealand Bird Series features Kereru, Kiwi, Kokako, Pukeko and Tui. For enquiries and order information, please email me at wraptweaving@gmail.com.

In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand.  The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures.  They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands.  They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.

 

Kiwi Concept

Kiwi Concept

Kiwi Long Scarf

Kiwi Long Scarf

 

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New Zealand Bird Series

I have been pondering and developing this idea for as long as I have been weaving actually.  When I was homesick in Melbourne in 2013 and a new weaver, I visualised a range of scarves and wraps/shawls that were inspired by the colours of the New Zealand birds that I missed.  The time is definitely right now, however, and I am delighted with the results of my KokakoTui and Pukeko wraps and Kiwi and Kereru scarves.  Here is their story:All Posts

In your hands you are holding a piece of New Zealand.  The wool, alpaca, possum down, cashmere and mohair fleeces were gathered by New Zealand shearers from animals grazing on New Zealand pastures.  They were spun and dyed with New Zealand hands.  They were then handwoven by a sixth generation New Zealander following designs inspired by our New Zealand birds – Tui, Kiwi, Kereru (wood pigeon), Pukeko and Kokako.

I am getting brilliant feedback on these items, for corporate and executive gifts to limited edition items for high-end gift shops.  Each item is made to order and totally unique – I am incredibly lucky to have talented New Zealand farmers, processors, spinners and dyers that produce the beautiful yarns that I use in each of these bespoke items.  Each colourway is available in a long scarf, infinity scarf and wrap and are made from New Zealand yarns that honour the inspiration I find in New Zealand nature.  Each is unique and made to order, creating a very special, wearable momento of New Zealand.  These are stunning gifts for special occasions or special guests.

Take a look at the Kiwi, Kereru, KokakoTui and Pukeko.

For enquiries and order information, please email me at wraptweaving@gmail.com.

New Zealand Birds

New Zealand Birds

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