These trivets, table runners and coasters are made from offcuts of the wonderful, thick, wool felt the tea cosies are made from, and fit together into unique pieces. The many pieces are joined with zig-zag stiching and are carefully fitted together in a wonderful piece of puzzling which I’ve dubbed “the puzzle pieces.”
This set of four coasters is made from a single layer of a 100% fine wool felt made in Europe (the world’s best) in Brite Red – think fire engine. The organic shapes are roughly circular, each irregular and unique so every set of coasters is slightly different. The seam ends are all buttonhole stitched at the edges and around any interior seam joints as a decorative detail and to prevent fraying. The back is as finished as the front.
SIZE: approximately 4 1/4″ (11cm) in diameter.
Each one unique. None the same. Like a piece of art.
I was inspired in part to keep all the felt offcuts — besides the fact the felt is so dear — by Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, an American rug manufacturer who, in the seminal 2003 documentary The Corporation, talked about reclaiming the wasted roll ends of carpets to make more beautiful carpets. By doing this they reduced the amount of petroleum that had to be pulled from the earth and saved their company money all at the same time. That’s eco logic. Waste not, want not.