RainasTextileHouse

Raina's Textile House Berkeley, CA. 94702

Berkeley, California | 45 Sales

RainasTextileHouse

Raina's Textile House Berkeley, CA. 94702

Berkeley, California 45 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   I am returning to my Etsy shop after several years taking Raina's Textile House into a brick and mortar in Berkeley CA. After much hard work and consideration I have decided to return to a mobile and more nomad experience of selling and sharing what I make online and at various craft fairs and markets in the Bay Area.
I'm so glad that while retail shopping is struggling, the markets and crafts fairs, pop-ups etc. are constantly growing and evolving, highlighting hand made work.

I am currently in love with hat making! I hand felt hats, as well as hand block felted hats...two approaches to unique and stylishly practical accessorizing.

I also hand make nuno felted scarves, cuffs and gloves. I also make felted portraits and paintings, and sometimes up-cycle chairs with felted upholstery.

Visit rainastextilehouse.com to register for FELTING classes in the Bay Area, CA.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 27, 2018

I am returning to my Etsy shop after several years taking Raina's Textile House into a brick and mortar in Berkeley CA. After much hard work and consideration I have decided to return to a mobile and more nomad experience of selling and sharing what I make online and at various craft fairs and markets in the Bay Area.
I'm so glad that while retail shopping is struggling, the markets and crafts fairs, pop-ups etc. are constantly growing and evolving, highlighting hand made work.

I am currently in love with hat making! I hand felt hats, as well as hand block felted hats...two approaches to unique and stylishly practical accessorizing.

I also hand make nuno felted scarves, cuffs and gloves. I also make felted portraits and paintings, and sometimes up-cycle chairs with felted upholstery.

Visit rainastextilehouse.com to register for FELTING classes in the Bay Area, CA.

Kim Nelson

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Updates

New hats coming, distressed with fire and indigo. Easy to wear any time of year: fedoras!
Here's the hat distressed with indigo...drying outside by the ceramic goddess and winter oranges! Made to order.
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About

Currently: HATS

I find that I need to make things, everyday if possible. Making things is a way for me to process all the stimulus from the world, a practice of alchemy from all that's there.

I'm interested in the saying "Everything is Everything" like there are little parts of things that recombine all over the place in new and different ways, and that we all collude in this process - and when we are creative we are engaging in a kind of call and response with this phenomenon, Everything is Everything. Your sari is now my scarf, and your brother is my son's teacher, and that chair upholstery was gold, and covered in plastic, and now it looks like it came off a moonstruck steamboat in New Orleans. All things are changed by their relation-- just like words take meaning from each other, they slant and remix and under this relative pressure-- creative attention makes things do and mean new things.

And HATS! To back track a little...one reason I love felting is that it's a mutual process, like with clay or woodcarving, it helps to be sensitive to the material (in this case the wool) and allow the medium to inform and influence the piece (as opposed to merely imposing my self all over it - I try to work with it).

And HATS! When I listen their lovely humor speaks, and their character comes alive.

I really enjoy watching people before they try on a hat, and then their transformation once they put it on. Simply wearing a hat gives people a license to be a bit more performative, to have a bit more confidence and some healthy attitude.

I'm adding great quotes about hats to my listings, I hope you enjoy them as I do!

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  • Kim Nelson

    Owner, Felter, Designer, Maker...

    I'm happy when I am making something, and sometimes enthralled. It's pretty much a one woman show, though I could never do it without my son - and my beautiful dog Raina. I am grateful for their inspiration.

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