Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

plain bananas has friends

Do you felt?

Well, if you’re an English teacher, or a stickler to English grammar, you’d have noticed that something is just not right in that question. Well, it’s not right if “felt” is treated as the past of “feel”. I assure you it’s not. Put your grammar books aside and let’s meet a true felt artist:

Meet Karlita

Meet Karlita

This wonderful artist has stolen my heart. In fact she’s stolen many hearts: there are only so many items I can heart before I realize it’s pointless to try and choose from the creative felted selection she has on display at her shop.

So what’s behind that colorful smile?

XL felted scarf/ jewel blue with olive green accents

XL felted scarf/ jewel blue with olive green accents

My name is…Karla Vandebeek, a.k.a. Karlita.

I make…all kinds of jewelry and accessories.

I’m inspired…by colours, materials and trips abroad.

I cannot live without…1. my loved ones (including two cats 🙂 and 2. supplies!

An item I’ve made that was hard to let go…I honestly don’t remember; if I really want to keep something, i just do (when i first started – 12 years ago – I made everything double, one to sell and one to keep 🙂 ).

XL Felted scarf/ jewel lime colour with olive green coloured accents

XL Felted scarf/ jewel lime colour with olive green coloured accents

I create because…I cannot not create.

I wish…I could create full-time, but since last year I work part-time and have a lot less time to create.

If I could learn another art it would be…metalsmithing, computer design, to design things to make jewelry with, sewing very well, working with clay …. aargh, too many to choose, I might need a second life!

My website is…well i have a few: http://www.karlita.be, http://www.karlita.etsy.com, http://www.karlita.dawanda.com and http://www.karlitashop.blogspot.com [Note: listed again at the end of this.]

Ring with felt in purple with turquoise polkadot

Ring with felt in purple with turquoise polkadot

I blog because…I love to write little stories and it’s fun to keep track of my own life that way 🙂 – it serves like a (little bit censored) journal.

One day…I hope to be able to only create, travel – with my loved ones of course.

I started…because I bought a necklace in Venezuela and my mom challenged me and said I could not make something like that. But I also was always making things as a kid.

Textile jewelry - colourful felt and fabric artistic necklace

Textile jewelry – colourful felt and fabric artistic necklace

I always…used to run to the computer when I got home to see if I had messages or sales- now I bought myself an iPhone and an internet everywhere thing – I’m a total addict!

If I were a color I would be…RED.

My full-time job…part-time working for a city, and part-time my creative business.

In a nutshell…I’m a happy camper 🙂

Handmade enamel ring in turquoise with pink polkadot - adjustable size

Handmade enamel ring in turquoise with pink polkadot - adjustable size

In a bigger nutshell…creating is what colours my life (in bright colours – I’m usually inspired either by colours or by materials). I started by making jewelry collections in 1997 – selling them to stores in Belgium. But I got tired of having to create one necklace several times, wanted to quit but accidently stumbled upon Etsy and the rest is history as they say :). I love all aspects of a creative business: making things, selling them and even the administrative side!

You can find Karlita here:

shop: http://www.karlita.etsy.com, http://www.karlita.dawanda.com

website: http://www.karlita.be

blog: http://karlitashop.blogspot.com

I leave you with a photo of Karlita’s enviable workspace and more of her felted treasures. And don’t hesitate to give her a heart or two — they’ll keep my hearts in good company 🙂

Karlita's creative corner

Karlita's creative corner

felted scarf/ jewel brown with red accents

felted scarf/ jewel brown with red accents

Letterpress necklace - the vintage looking H, with a little green adventurine

Letterpress necklace - the vintage looking H, with a little green adventurine

Felted scarf/ jewel in white with blue accents

Felted scarf/ jewel in white with blue accents

Necklace with felted pendant in turquoise with a green polkadot

Necklace with felted pendant in turquoise with a green polkadot




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6 thoughts on “Plain Bananas Has Friends

  1. Very talented! I love that she does enamel AND felt! Awesome! What a great post – and the English language teacher in me totally rocked out on your musings about “felt”!

  2. Oh, what a nice surprise to see Karla feature here:)
    I have two of her wonderful scarfs, yes you can be green with envy now!:)

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