Wholly Homespun

If you’re the kind (like us) who can’t resist scouring local craft fairs for handmade treasures, you’ll love these homespun works of jewelry and accessories from The Hole Thing. They’re made from recycled wool sweaters — though it’s hard to believe something so hip could come from such humble beginnings. The necklaces have big, bright spheres and squares of felted wool, laced with buttons and strung on a leather cord. The pins are made with layered circles to form flowers that have a funky, retro vibe. The garland is like nothing we’ve seen before (makes a great gift for a special friend or teacher). It’s a fresh idea for decorating a tabletop, doorway, window or tree. Here at Daily Grommet we used it to decorate our PossibiliTree. It can also be donned as a scarf or necklace if you’re in the mood to be hip in a crafty sort of way. The brain – and hands – behind The Hole Thing belong to Louise Cady-Fernandes, who worked as a knitwear technician for a famous clothing line until 2007, when she left to pursue something more creative. Her epiphany for The Hole Thing came while she was piecing together a blanket made from felted remnants of family members’ wool sweaters. Since then, her love for felted wool, playful dots and pearl edgings have come together, one Hole Thing at a time.

The Hole Thing

Craft Fair Felted Wool Accessories

Wholly Homespun

If you’re the kind (like us) who can’t resist scouring local craft fairs for handmade treasures, you’ll love these homespun works of jewelry and accessories from The Hole Thing. They’re made from recycled wool sweaters — though it’s hard to believe something so hip could come from such humble beginnings. The necklaces have big, bright spheres and squares of felted wool, laced with buttons and strung on a leather cord. The pins are made with layered circles to form flowers that have a funky, retro vibe. The garland is like nothing we’ve seen before (makes a great gift for a special friend or teacher). It’s a fresh idea for decorating a tabletop, doorway, window or tree. Here at Daily Grommet we used it to decorate our PossibiliTree. It can also be donned as a scarf or necklace if you’re in the mood to be hip in a crafty sort of way. The brain – and hands – behind The Hole Thing belong to Louise Cady-Fernandes, who worked as a knitwear technician for a famous clothing line until 2007, when she left to pursue something more creative. Her epiphany for The Hole Thing came while she was piecing together a blanket made from felted remnants of family members’ wool sweaters. Since then, her love for felted wool, playful dots and pearl edgings have come together, one Hole Thing at a time.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Louise
    Louise

    I am Louise the creator of THE HOLE THING. For 16 years I worked in knitwear design at Susan Bristol Inc. before starting my felted goods company in 2006. Since then THE HOLE THING has been featured in Newsweek, Studios Magazine and The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine in "The Find." All of our felted wool products are made from recycled wool sweaters that have been felted in hot water several times before combining them with buttons in our whimsical designs. I know that you will enjoy wearing or displaying your creation as much as I enjoyed making it! Let me know any questions you may have.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/19/2009 2:35 PM

    Louise - thank you for letting us peek into your studio. I'm always so intrigued to see the environment where creative ideas flow. It looks like you have a fun, whimsical spot to let loose your creative energy. I love the pins the most. I can absolutely see them used in a variety of ways.

  • Louise
    Louise – Special Guest
    11/19/2009 2:51 PM

    Thanks Katherine! It is fun to see artist's studios. I always like to do that too when I can. The pins are very fun. My favorite place to put my garlands is around my bathroom mirror and on a wreath on my front door. They are always a hit.

  • Christine
    Christine
    11/19/2009 5:38 PM

    Now here are some holiday gifts that you can feel good about! Recycled materials, uniquely designed and created by hand, and extremely affordable! All hail to the thoughtful creativity of Louise Cady-Fernandes and The Hole Thing!

  • Amy C.
    Amy C.
    11/19/2009 10:23 PM

    Simple and sweet. Love the colors.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/19/2009 10:49 PM

    I really like moving the garland to different places....over windows, on a chandelier, and even in the center of a table. It's off beat and playful.

  • nancy
    nancy
    11/19/2009 11:35 PM

    I am familiar with Louise and The Whole Thing. The whimsical attitude, bright colors and unique spin on felted wool make the products great gifts and treats for yourself! I have used my garland many ways. Around a small x-mas tree, looped across my mantle and even doubled up, wrapped around a vase and tied in a bow to add some fun to a floral arrangement. Continue to check out The Hole Thing products, Louise is always coming up with something new!!

    enjoy.

  • Linda
    Linda
    11/20/2009 7:44 AM

    Hi Louise, These pins are adorable. I think they would be really cute to add a little something to a sweater or jacket. I'm also thinking as a barrette. This may sound silly but, I am not a crafty person, but what exactly does felted mean? You say you felt the wool in water, but not sure what that does to the wool and how long the whole process is? Also do you only felt special kinds of wool or can other materials be felted? Thank you.

  • Louise
    Louise – Special Guest
    11/20/2009 11:05 AM

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for your great question. Felting is when wool is put in hot water and the wool fibers fuse together. Have you ever put a wool sweater in the wash by accident and it shrank up? If you have, you actually felted your sweater. Most wool can be felted unless it is a washable wool that has been specially treated to not shrink. I wash the recycled sweaters that I use in my product line 3-4 times in hot water before I stick them in the dryer. Not all wool has to be washed this many times but in order for me to cut my HOLE THING circles the wool fibers have to be very fused together so that they don't fray.

    Please let me know if anyone else has any other questions as I'd be happy to answer. Louise

  • Louise
    Louise
    11/20/2009 11:57 AM

    Someone from Spain just emailed me and suggested to use THE HOLE THING pins/brooches on curtains. Genius! Love this idea.

  • carolyn
    carolyn
    12/20/2009 12:37 PM

    hi Louise, your creation are great and so are you!

    merry christmas

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

The Hole Thing

Craft Fair Felted Wool Accessories

Wholly Homespun

If you’re the kind (like us) who can’t resist scouring local craft fairs for handmade treasures, you’ll love these homespun works of jewelry and accessories from The Hole Thing. They’re made from recycled wool sweaters — though it’s hard to believe something so hip could come from such humble beginnings.

The necklaces have big, bright spheres and squares of felted wool, laced with buttons and strung on a leather cord. The pins are made with layered circles to form flowers that have a funky, retro vibe. The garland
is like nothing we’ve seen before (makes a great gift for a special friend or teacher). It’s a fresh idea for decorating a tabletop, doorway, window or tree. Here at Daily Grommet we used it to decorate our PossibiliTree. It can also be donned as a scarf or necklace if you’re in the mood to be hip in a crafty sort of way.

The brain – and hands – behind The Hole Thing belong to Louise Cady-Fernandes, who worked as a knitwear technician for a famous clothing line until 2007, when she left to pursue something more creative. Her epiphany for The Hole Thing came while she was piecing together a blanket made from felted remnants of family members’ wool sweaters. Since then, her love for felted wool, playful dots and pearl edgings have come together, one Hole Thing at a time.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Louise
    Louise

    I am Louise the creator of THE HOLE THING. For 16 years I worked in knitwear design at Susan Bristol Inc. before starting my felted goods company in 2006. Since then THE HOLE THING has been featured in Newsweek, Studios Magazine and The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine in "The Find." All of our felted wool products are made from recycled wool sweaters that have been felted in hot water several times before combining them with buttons in our whimsical designs. I know that you will enjoy wearing or displaying your creation as much as I enjoyed making it! Let me know any questions you may have.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/19/2009 2:35 PM

    Louise - thank you for letting us peek into your studio. I'm always so intrigued to see the environment where creative ideas flow. It looks like you have a fun, whimsical spot to let loose your creative energy. I love the pins the most. I can absolutely see them used in a variety of ways.

  • Louise
    Louise – Special Guest
    11/19/2009 2:51 PM

    Thanks Katherine! It is fun to see artist's studios. I always like to do that too when I can. The pins are very fun. My favorite place to put my garlands is around my bathroom mirror and on a wreath on my front door. They are always a hit.

  • Christine
    Christine
    11/19/2009 5:38 PM

    Now here are some holiday gifts that you can feel good about! Recycled materials, uniquely designed and created by hand, and extremely affordable! All hail to the thoughtful creativity of Louise Cady-Fernandes and The Hole Thing!

  • Amy C.
    Amy C.
    11/19/2009 10:23 PM

    Simple and sweet. Love the colors.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/19/2009 10:49 PM

    I really like moving the garland to different places....over windows, on a chandelier, and even in the center of a table. It's off beat and playful.

  • nancy
    nancy
    11/19/2009 11:35 PM

    I am familiar with Louise and The Whole Thing. The whimsical attitude, bright colors and unique spin on felted wool make the products great gifts and treats for yourself! I have used my garland many ways. Around a small x-mas tree, looped across my mantle and even doubled up, wrapped around a vase and tied in a bow to add some fun to a floral arrangement. Continue to check out The Hole Thing products, Louise is always coming up with something new!!

    enjoy.

  • Linda
    Linda
    11/20/2009 7:44 AM

    Hi Louise, These pins are adorable. I think they would be really cute to add a little something to a sweater or jacket. I'm also thinking as a barrette. This may sound silly but, I am not a crafty person, but what exactly does felted mean? You say you felt the wool in water, but not sure what that does to the wool and how long the whole process is? Also do you only felt special kinds of wool or can other materials be felted? Thank you.

  • Louise
    Louise – Special Guest
    11/20/2009 11:05 AM

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for your great question. Felting is when wool is put in hot water and the wool fibers fuse together. Have you ever put a wool sweater in the wash by accident and it shrank up? If you have, you actually felted your sweater. Most wool can be felted unless it is a washable wool that has been specially treated to not shrink. I wash the recycled sweaters that I use in my product line 3-4 times in hot water before I stick them in the dryer. Not all wool has to be washed this many times but in order for me to cut my HOLE THING circles the wool fibers have to be very fused together so that they don't fray.

    Please let me know if anyone else has any other questions as I'd be happy to answer. Louise

  • Louise
    Louise
    11/20/2009 11:57 AM

    Someone from Spain just emailed me and suggested to use THE HOLE THING pins/brooches on curtains. Genius! Love this idea.

  • carolyn
    carolyn
    12/20/2009 12:37 PM

    hi Louise, your creation are great and so are you!

    merry christmas

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.