We are thrilled that everyone who wears our boho inspired felt slippers knows they are getting a unique, natural product of the highest quality.
– Melanie Knowles Owner/Designer BBOHE
Before I created BBOHE, I always suffered from cold feet. Wool socks were not warm enough and other synthetic and wool slippers made my feet overheat and feel so uncomfortable.
Then one day I stumbled upon something quite magical. Using fleece, from my alpacas, I made my first pair of wet felted slippers. Not for myself, mind you, but for my husband. He said that they kept his feet cosy without making them too warm. I was so excited.
A few months later I got some terrible news – my dear aunt was battling cancer and her treatment was causing her feet to feel cold. I set about making her a pair of alpaca felt slippers. She loved them and I was pleased that I could provide her with some comfort during her recovery.
I went on to make more slippers for the rest of my family and they all loved the comfort and warmth that the alpaca felt provided. And yes, I did end up making a pair for myself!
I had so much alpaca fleece …..
from my beautiful animals but I was concerned that maybe no one would purchase my slippers as alpacas were still somewhat of a novelty, let alone alpaca felt!
I continued talking to people about my craft and I began to see that many people suffered from cold feet. I knew that I could contribute to their comfort and well-being with my products.
I began making slippers for friends and their families. It was their positive feedback that made me strive to develop my skills and make products from my alpaca fibre.
I started supplying a local craft shop with my work and the response was very favourable. I even started getting repeat clients who wanted to purchase slippers for their families and friends!
I set out to create the most …..
luxuriously warm felt slippers for people who wanted the comfort of natural alpaca combined with unique style.
However, as it turned out, the road was more difficult than I imagined….
I had to learn how to process my fibre in an environmentally friendly way – sourcing products for this was difficult. I had to develop my own techniques for working with alpaca fibre as it behaves a bit differently to wool; and overcome issues with durability, especially with my slippers.
After much searching…….
I found an Australian product that uses native ingredients with “green” credentials, to process my fleeces. I continued to modify and improve my felt making techniques to craft high quality products that are durable, practical and beautiful.
As an artisan, I am always caught between being really “in love” with my designs and then being plagued with self-doubt. However, in the end, if you really love what you have created then other people will probably love it, too.
Felt making has become my passion!
Through it all……..
I have grown both in confidence and skill. I have released three collections – Essence, Wanderer and now, Solstice. The response has been really overwhelming. I want you and your loved ones to experience “the touch of luxury” that is BBOHE.