July 06, 2022 3 min read

The valiant Tailoress

Issue 1 - Enjoy a walk in the forest


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Get a first impression of the look and feel of the magazine. We designed the layout with lots of big photos, strong typo and soft colours. The result is a stylish coffee table magazine that you can proudly present in the living room when company calls. At first glance it does not look like a typical knitting or sewing magazine at all. Because that‘s what it‘s not. It looks like a high-end fashion magazine.

When you have a quiet moment, you can spend a jolly afternoon snuggled up on the sofa to enjoy the beautiful photos and to read the articles.

Now, what is there for you to see: an impressively focused and cinematic set of the southern Black Forest. We shot the fashion photos in two dreamy spots in the area around Todtmoos. One location is at a glacier mill from the Ice Age, which is a truly magical place. The other a romantic stream deep in the forest with soft mossy grounds. And when it is time to set to work, you find all the instructions, carefully and clearly laid out for you to follow.

Inside Issue 1

‘The enchanted forest‘ is the theme of the first issue. Lush greens, bright colours of forest flowers, changing light. A walk on winding paths in the early morning light, the discovery of hidden entrances. 
14 designers from around the world have turned their associations with the topics into designs.


– 260 pages

– 11 sewing patterns

– 12 knitting patterns

– 2 crochet patterns

– 6 Sizes: 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46

– Over 100 fashion photographs plus illustrations

– An interview with knitting designer Isabell Kraemer

– The story behind Chiengora, the ‘new cashmere‘

– ‘How-to’ article: Lining a sleeveless dress

– 4 pages DIN A0 pattern sheets 

– Comes in separate envelope


Isabell Kraemer

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We visited Isabell Kraemer in the medieval town, where she lives in a beautifully restored house. She showed us her work and gave an in-depth interview about her design process. 

Then we went to one of only two remaining milliners who make the iconic Black Forest "bollenhut" still by hand. You will get a total new view on pompoms. 

You can indulge in fantasy colours, which Andrea Hädener aka Fiberpassion creates. If you love Avalon, the mystery, the myth, you will love to get to know her work. 

Meet two young entrepreneurs who aim to supply the industry with sustainable yarn. Made from dog's hair. A material as soft and fine as cashmere. 




Antoinette Andriese

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While you wander about, you will get to know the designers. They have written down their inspirations for their designs and their associations with the forest theme. 

And of course, there are things to learn: we illustrated three different methods of how to line a sleeveless dress. Furthermore, Antoinette Andriese gives you a tip of how to achieve a better fit in your knitting projects. 






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About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves are all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Our candlessoaps and hair care products are all hand made. Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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Last update 6th July 2022

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