“Exotic Wildflowers” by Mary Metcalf

The very talented Mary Metcalf used 5 of our recycled silk sari scrap packs, with some left over!, to make this brilliantly coloured 1m x1m square quilt. Crochet flowers and wool leaves, plus lots of close quilting and pin-tucking for texture. Mary said it was “Lovely working with the silks once I had backed them with a light iron on interfacing.”

The quilt has been accepted to the Expertise Events – Tradition with a Twist competition and will be travelling around Australia and NZ until December 2016. You will be able to see it at the Hamilton Quilt & Craft Fair in September.

Thanks Mary for sharing your photos!


Metcalf Exotic Wildflowers 02 (595x640) 010516

FREE Tea Cosy Pattern

Provenance Tea CosyTo fit a 2-3 Cup Teapot

What you will require…

  • 2 balls of Provenance recycled silk sari yarn (50m) or 1 hank of spun recycled cotton sari yarn (50m)
  • 6mm knitting needles

How to Knit Two Sides of the Tea Cosy…

  • Cast on 21 stitches and work 32 rows of garter stitch (knit every row) this will create one side of your tea cosy. When the side is complete thread the stitches onto the remaining yarn and pull tight to gather; secure ends of yarn.
  • Repeat this process for second side.

How to Assemble Your Tea Cosy…

  • First weave in the tails of the yarn.
  • Pin sides together at the bottom and top of the cosy and fit over your teapot.
  • Pin to fit around the spout and the handle making sure the openings are quite loose as this makes the cosy easy to put on and take off.
  • Using a blanket stitch in either embroidery thread or ordinary sewing thread stitch sides around both openings.
  • With the left over yarn make loops to decorate the top of the tea cosy.

Fusing Rules

A number of our customers at Auckland Festival of Quilts purchased fusing for light weight silk from our stand. The following is a list of basic rules to ensure you get it right the first time! We will be placing the fusing up on the website for further purchases after the AFQ today.

RULES for fusing…

  1. Heat 140 deg. (cotton setting)
  2. Time 14 seconds
  3. Pressure VERY important to ensure you have a good bond
  4. NO Steam This will break the bond and cause bubbling

Use a piece of calico to cover the ironing board to ensure stray fusing doesn’t bond to your board.

Ensure the glue side is face down on the wrong side of your fabric.

Cover the fusing with either baking paper or calico to stop any glue seeping through onto your iron.


Provenance Trip to India 2013

Better late than never! We finally posted to Youtube a few video clips and still shots from our trip to India in 2013. This shows just a small portion of the great artisans we met during that trip.

Giving A Little Back

Part of Provenance’s goal is to be able to support groups and individuals doing great work to help make a difference to peoples lives around the globe; in particular those supporting women and providing educational opportunities.

The Cambodian Charitable Trust, founded in June 2008 by lawyer Denise Arnold, is one such group Provenance has been able to support.

The Trust was established to assist Cambodian people escape the trap of extreme poverty and to provide Cambodian children with housing, health and education.

Today Provenance donated $50 so the trust can provide a “Teachers Pack” for a new teacher and a school uniform for a child.

This is only made possible because our customers continue to support us and our community of artisans, thank you!

Provenance Joins The Fair Trade Association

Provenance now belongs to The Fair Trade Association.

Read more about the association here…


Childs Play – Block printing with Provenance Woodblocks

Provenance is thrilled to hear that our carved woodblocks have been used to create home-made gifts for family members.

Anissa, from GrowMama blog, spent some creative time with her young children block printing some fabrics and t-shirts.

To see the great results check out Anissa’s blog.

Provenance Artisan Irfan Khatri Travels to Indonesia

In May this year Provenance artisan Irfan Khatri attended the International Batick Festival in Semarang, Indonesia. Whilst there he attended a batik workshop organised by the Sangam project. Irfan said he was most intrigued by the intricate copper and steel blocks as he mostly works with wood blocks. Traditional Indonesian batik designs and hand painting were also of great interest.

Photos kindly supplied by Irfan Khatri.

To read more about the festival go to The Sangam Project website.

Another Happy Customer!

Today we received a lovely email from Dee in the USA (our very first USA customer!)…

“Got the throw; love it! I washed it as directed, and it looks great!  I sort of wish I had ordered two of them.  Thanks—“

Customer Feedback

Provenance Ltd recently received a lovely email from our new customer, Margie, in Australia…

“Just to let you know my order arrived on Friday; so beautifully wrapped I was reluctant to open it! But of course I did.
The cotton looks just perfect for some hand stitching.
Many thanks, Margie”