These coasters are made from scraps of the wonderful, thick, wool felt left over from the tea cosies, and fitted together into unique pieces. The many little pieces are joined with zig-zag stiching. Carefully fitting them together is a wonderful (if time consuming) piece of puzzling so they’ve been dubbed “the puzzle pieces.”
This item is a set of two coasters and a trivet — which work perfectly to protect your tabletop or desk from hot mugs of tea or coffee as well as a damp vase or beer bottle bottom. Select your colour preference from the drop-down menu box. Your set may not look exactly like the one in the photograph but will be equally appealing.
The coasters and trivets are made from a single layer of European 100% wool felt or 85% wool industrial felt and stitched with matching or contrasting thread. 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 openings as a decorative detail and to prevent fraying.
SIZE: approximately 4 1/4″ (11cm) (trivet) or 3″ (coaster) in diameter.
Each one unique. None the same. Like a piece of art.
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I was inspired in part to keep all the felt scraps — 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.