Good-bye Felt & Wire Shop, it’s been an awesome ride

[Allyson Van Houten] Today marks the end of an era in the Felt & Wire community. After three years, Felt & Wire Shop is coming to a close, at the end of this year. As the lead curator for the Shop, I can tell you that working on it has been a labor of love for our team and deciding to close it was a difficult decision, one made all the harder because of the wonderful relationships we’ve developed as a result of creating and building a new community along the way.

Smart & Wiley’s letterpress printed broadside—a new wood type font of 8 line VWT Aldine Expanded

As I sit and write today’s post, I think back to some of the incredible projects the Shop was a part of and some of the awesome artists we had the opportunity to support. Not to mention the incredible work of the 350+ makers whose paper goods we were proud to showcase and share!

The Feedback Loop Project involved talented letterpress printers from all over the country.

The Feedback Loop Project. In September of 2010 we worked with 25 letterpress printers to launch The Feedback Loop, a project to create limited-edition notebooks to benefit School: by Design, a youth mentoring program developed by Design Ignites Change and the Designers Accord. After weeks of preparation (which may have included some blood, sweat and a few tears) we launched a project that would inspire over a hundred blog posts, and would help us raise thousands of dollars to support this worthy cause.

A rich array of tools, materials and ephemera from Felt & Wire Supply

Felt & Wire Supply. In July of 2011, we went from being a marketplace that showcased beautiful work made by others to a place where anyone could find materials to create something beautiful themselves.

The launch of Felt & Wire Supply gathered unusual washi tapes, unique paper twines, custom calligraphy stamps and ribbons, innovative collage kits, vintage stamps, and premium paper cards and envelopes in beautiful colors and easy-to-use sizes for today’s new makers.

Top: Neche Collection. Bottom: Getting Upper poster series.

Felt & Wire Exhibit. We also had the chance to highlight truly awesome artists through our Exhibit program. Getting to know the stories, and the people, behind works such as the Neche Collection and Getting Upper poster series was an incredible pleasure. Having the opportunity to highlight their work and their stories in a powerful way? Worth every second.

National Stationery Show. Of course each year we traveled to the Mecca of paper love—the National Stationery Show. Each year we got to meet many of the sellers who created products for our marketplace and those that buy them. In our own booth, we had the opportunity to present the work of sellers who weren’t able to make the pilgrimage to the Javits Center in NYC.

The Felt & Wire Shop sellers have been lauded, liked, loved and shared by friends at Real Simple, Dwell, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart Living and more.

The last three years of working with the Shop have been an awesome ride. Personally, I’ll miss reviewing the new products every morning, talking with our sellers each week and planning awesome new projects for Felt & Wire Shop. As the saying goes, however, when one door closes another opens. Our team will continue to support this paper-loving community through coverage here on Felt & Wire blog and through the support of our sponsor, Mohawk ( On behalf of the entire team, we thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy holiday and a healthy New Year!

Orders for the shop may be made through midnight, December 31. To find your favorite Felt & Wire Shop seller, check our list here. (Shopkeepers: tell us where you are! E-mail Allyson Van Houten at [email protected])

Opening image: Quirky print from Fly Rabbit Press by Chris Charles and her trusty sidekick, Daisy Dog. All other images: © Felt & Wire Shop Sellers.

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Comments (4)

  1. Posted by Diane Tompkins on 12.20.12 at 8:45 pm

    We’ll miss you, Felt & Wire Shop. Glad the blog will continue to surprise and delight the paper obsessed among us.

  2. Posted by Amelia on 12.26.12 at 10:02 pm

    Well, boo. I liked having an alternative to etsy. Not that I don’t love etsy. I do. I just like alternatives.

    I was really hoping to retrieve my favorites before the shop closed. But the shop already redirects to mohawkconnect. Is there any way to track down the list of items and designers that I saved with my profile?

  3. Posted by mona on 12.27.12 at 4:00 pm

    @ Amelia: You can still get into the shop at the bottom right hand corner of this page. And find all of your favorite sellers until December 31. Check the Felt and Wire list [under the article \so noted\] at the top right for links to your favorite sellers and where to find them after Dec. 31.

  4. Posted by Mick Hodgson on 01.9.13 at 12:53 pm

    Sad to read this.

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