Cozy hack, trivet test

Cozy hack, trivet test

Tea cozy hack and trivet test.

Customers are such an inventive lot.  And helpful.

Fits a tall teapot too

Recently a customer ordered one of the flock’s cosies designed for a french press coffee maker, the 8-cup “Neu” design in Moss Green.  Shortly after receiving it she wrote to tell me it fit her tall, narrow-proportioned teapot perfectly.  A great customer cosy hack!

Coffee Cosy for 8cup Chambord

  • “I love my green cozy. I have a tall teapot (I know it’s meant for a cafetierre) that I use every day and it fits perfectly!”

Trivets survive stove-hot espresso pot

I also recently received a query about whether the trivets could handle a hot-from-the-stove espresso pot.  The colourful wool felt is wonderfully resilient, and perfect for protecting tabletops from hot teapots but I wasn’t confident enough to absolutely guarantee they’d hold up to stove-hot.  It turns out they hold up just fine.  On the flock’s behalf the customer put the trivet through its paces with her espresso pot and it came through with flying colours.  No burn marks and no table-top harmed in the testing.

Trivet for teapot in Burnt Orangewool felt

  • “Ta dah!  And worked out perfectly.  No burn marks.”

Small tea cosy works as egg cosy

I mentioned this awhile ago but it’s worth mentioning again.  A clever customer reported that the small tea cosies work wonderfully at keeping a bowl of soft boiled eggs hot on a Sunday morning.  Another great tea cozy hack.

  • “My wife and I are excited about the two new members of our tea family.  They double as egg cozies as we soft boil several eggs and put them in a bowl.”

A modern wool felt tea cosy in Moss Green multi tasking as an egg cosy -- such a good idea!!Modern wool felt egg cozy in Moss Green

Spring is here and so is SSL…

Spring is here and so is SSL…

Welcome spring!  We are so glad you’re here.

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Home decor tea cozies

 

 

Rejuvenating your wool felt tea cosy

Rejuvenating your wool felt tea cosy

Rejuvenating your wool felt tea cosy

Just back from a few days north of the city — still some spectacular colour clinging to the trees!

I was visiting SK, the friend to whom I’d given the very first tea cosy cut to what’s become the flock’s signature pattern — that rounded, Roman-helmet shape with a chatter of zig zag pinking along its edges.

TC Shane's Grey Front view SMALL Shane cosy before A

The cosy  then and now. Not bad but life’s added a few creases and folds.

In the five years since it was made the cosy has experienced normal wear and tear and stuffing-in-drawers between tea-drinking visitors so, having a lazy afternoon at hand, I thought I’d see what kind of ‘spa’ rejuvenation I could render on it.

Shane cosy ironing B Shane cosy ironing C

MacGyvoring a rolled thick bath towel to substitute for a small sleeve-ironing board, I placed a clean wet tea-towel between the felt tea cosy and the medium-hot (on medium steam setting) iron and gently and quickly ironed over the creases on both sides.  Then rolled the tea towel to insert in the wonky top tab so it wouldn’t create a crease while I, again putting a clean wet tea towel between it and the iron, gave it a quick pass or two.

Shane cosy after ironing C

Et voila — pleased to report that a little steam ironing with a wet tea-towel between the felt and the medium-hot iron worked wonders.  Just like it’d spent a day at the spa.

Pines red berries Oct 27 Pines red berries Oct 27 B

The marshes and streams were bursting with beautiful bright red berries.  I don’t know what they are but I brought home an armload for the dining table.

Why shop at FoTC?

Why shop at FoTC?

I’m very proud of the craftsmanship and quality of the products I make to sell under the Flock of Tea Cosy banner, and it makes my day when a sale or a query comes over the transom, especially from some place faraway.

CLEAN, MODERN DESIGN

 
Some place like Finland, or Australia, or Italy, or the far west coast of the USA or even South Africa.  It’s been the magic of the internet that enables the flock’s wares to be found by the relatively small, but, might I cheekily say, discerning, global group that appreciates these simple, cleanly designed, enduringly modern tea- and coffee-cosies.

WOOL FELT IS AN EXCELLENT INSULATOR

While most clients have mentioned it is the clean, minimalist design that brought them here, many have reported back their appreciation for this tableware being really  good at its job.  This is firstly due to the choice of fabric, dense wool felt, which is an excellent insulator.  And secondly, because the Flock of Tea Cosy’s tea, coffee and mug cosy designs prevent heat from escaping which ensures the tea or coffee or hot chocolate stays hot.

A NATURAL FABRIC

Some clients have mentioned they were drawn to the natural fabric  — wool felt is a natural fibre fabric (baa-baa sheep) which means it will a) decompose when its life is over, and b) is a renewable resource (ie: the sheep survive and are sheared every spring).  It will leave a minimal footprint and is therefore eco-friendly.

CONSIDERED PRODUCTION

On that note, the Puzzle Pieces (trivets, coasters, mousepads, etc made from the off-cuts) use green-thinking to reduce the waste from the cosy production.   More eco-friendly products using wool felt’s natural insulating quality.

WELL MADE FROM QUALITY MATERIAL

Feedback also indicates notice of (thank you!) and appreciation for the excellent quality of the material used.  The coloured 100% merino wool felt that Flock of Tea cosy uses is the best in the world.  It’s made in western Europe to exacting and eco-concious standards.  It is sturdy and consistent in its production, which can’t be said for some other sources, and the colours are rich and colour-fast.  The Industrial wool felt, made here in North America, is a technical grade also made to top industry standards.

The high quality of the materials is paired with high standards of workmanship which ensure that each piece at Flock of Tea Cosy is well-made and made to last.  Everything is individually handmade, all end seams are double-sewn, and the hang-tabs are securely hand-sewn on.  For the puzzle-piece trivets, coasters and table-toppers all seams are button-hole stitched at their end.

 

With thanks to Flock of Tea Cosy’s clients, some first hand reports can be found here:

Testimonials

Extra large tea cosy

Extra large tea cosy

The flock’s “Ribbed” style tea cosies have a wonderful puffer-fish expandability — but it wasn’t until quite a while after I designed them that I finally fully stuffed one of the Standard size and measured its circumference.

TC Standard Ribbed o21 Y

Woof — a  37″ circumference!  Allowing an inch of pinch this would accommodate a teapot (including spout and handle) up to about 35″ around.  If you’ve a large teapot, feel free to contact me and we can measure the height of its spout and handle, etc and ensure it will fit.

Use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

TC Standard Ribbed o21 X

It works equally well on most standard 4-cup teapots though, which is what I use mine for.  That’s the magic of this design — it’s very accommodating.

Ribbed tea cosies
Multi-coloured tea cosies

Multi-coloured tea cosies

Finally had some time at the work table the other day — more of the colourful “Ribbed” cosy design in the small size.

Multi Colored Tea Cozy

These ones are sized for a small 2-cup teapot but because the design cleverly expands like a puffer fish it can accommodate one a little larger or one with a wide spout to handle dimension.

Ribbed Tea Cosy 6 panels Puffer fish colorful tea cozy

Ribbed wool felt modern tea cosy w trivet

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If your teapot is large — or you just like the look — pull gently on opposite sides and the stiff felt will pop out like a puffer fish to wrap around the teapot.

If your teapot is large — or you just like the look — pull gently on opposite sides and the stiff felt will pop out like a puffer fish to wrap around the teapot.