1797 days ago

Bar Crossing Day

Jacqui Lewis from Manawatu Volunteer Coastguard

Sunday 22nd October (Labour Weekend)
Gold coin donation
Starting at 10am
Bring your own boats
Manawatu Marine Boating Club NZ
Foxton Beach

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1 day ago

Childrens Wellbeing h'ART SESSIONS

Sonja from Foxton Beach

My 2 h'ART SESSIONS are full at the moment. But I am starting a new session. Which is an art based wellbeing session.
Art journalling.. activities that encourage self reflection and learning about core values and how to process emotions...with fun...laughter and nurturing guidance.
Limited spaces left (2) 😃🧚🏾‍♀️🦋
CONTACT Sonja for further info❤

1 day ago

For the Love of Velvet

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Levin

For anyone wanting to add everlasting interest to their home, you can’t look past velvet! This is a fabric that’s as rich in textile history as it is in texture with incredible durability that may surprise you.

Velvet fabric fuses a historical sense of luxury and indulgence with a plush, practical comfort that has a timeless style, sure to outlast any momentary design trends. With its silky sheen and rich colours, velvet holds a specific seductive quality that no eye for elegance can resist the allure of.

For a fabric that feels like a soft, buttery hug the unique piles have a hard-wearing quality that will ensure your velvet curtains, cushions or furniture will continue to be loud and daring or subtly sophisticated for years to come.

History of Velvet
The history of velvet is one of luxury and meticulous construction. It is believed the material was first introduced in Baghdad around 750 A.D. The original velvet material was made from silk and therefore naturally reserved for royalty and other notably wealthy classes that could afford the exorbitant cost.

Velvet eventually travelled to Europe on the Silk Road and gained popularity during the Renaissance. At the same time, new loom technology lowered the production costs and therefore widened the availability to fabric lovers of all classes. Fast-forward to the 21st century and velvet fabric can be found in almost every home, transcending and outlasting interior trends to suit any home decor for years on end.

How is Velvet Made?
Velvet is made in a very unique way. It is woven on a double piece loom that makes two pieces of fabric simultaneously with the velvet pile encased in the middle. It is then separated, creating the three-dimensional texture velvet is known for.

While the first velvets were made from silk, more recent adaptations in the production process means velvets can now be made from natural or synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon, viscose, or rayon.

Classic plain velvet will then be sheared to ensure the pile is a consistent length and often brushed while moist to achieve a nice uniform grain across the fabric. If the fabric is destined to boast a pattern, at this point in the process it will be crushed, embossed or snipped to different lengths to ensure this pattern is part of the pile’s identity for the life of the fabric.

Velvet is then dyed to produce amazing, rich colours that are accentuated by the three-dimensional texture.

Durability of Velvet
Due to the aura of luxury surrounding velvet and the fact that it was originally made from silk, there’s a preconception that it’s delicate and requires gentle, loving care to stay pristine. We’re here to set the record straight!

Keep reading: www.curtainclean.co.nz...

1 day ago

Homed Manawatū - Out Now!

Jessica Zimmerman Reporter from Homed - Manawatu

Our House of the Week this week is an iconic 1890's villa, that used to be the original BNZ building. It has been lovingly restored over the last three years by it's current owners, and is your chance to purchase a gorgeous slice of local history. For sale through David Wray from Harcourts, check it out on page 3!

Looking for an agent to market your home?
Check Homed Manawatū to find agents who are actively marketing in your area and chat to them about getting your property featured in the Homed Manawatū.

Distribution & Delivery:
Homed Manawatū gets delivered to letterboxes on a Thursday, and also inserted into the Manawatū Standard, delivered to subscribers, and is available in Supermarkets, Dairies and Petrol Stations for customers to buy.

For more information:
Please ask your agent to contact Karen Baker on 021 973 105 or karen.baker@stuff.co.nz

Not receiving your weekly delivery?
Please phone 0800 339000 or e mail distribution@stuff.co.nz