The FAQ Post

 

How do you say that? 

Faw-lee uh tet, like pet. 

 

Are Folly a Tet pieces itchy? I mean, it is wool. 

Fortunately, no! Folly a Tet uses Merino wool, which is renowned for it's softness, durability, and the ability to keep the wearer comfortable in any temperature. Felted Merino has a very smooth, soft surface, and is incredibly light to wear. 

 

Why textiles?

I started making hair accessories and necklaces with reclaimed fabrics years before I started Folly a Tet. Because I am a very tactile and visual person, I prefer not only my surroundings, but also my own style to be visually stimulating, and comforting to touch. With fabrics, the colours and textures are endless, and not anything that one could find in metals, minerals, or gems. Also, my access to beautiful vintage fabrics was nearly infinite when I worked at a consignment shop for a few years. In the past few years, I have gravitated towards felting, and have found my favourite medium. I love working with my hands, the feel of the fibres, getting to know their characteristics, and learning about the different animals that fibre comes from. Sustainability and supporting local, small businesses are both important to me, and my work with fibres allows me to indulge both. 

 

Do you take commissions? 

You bet! I love working with people to find the best colours and style to suit them. Contact me with your ideas, and I can give you a quote. Take a look at a few of the custom pieces I've made here.

 

Do you sell in stores/online? 

In Calgary, Purr on 17th ave carries a small selection of Folly a Tet jewellery; Crafted at the Calgary Farmers' Market has a selection of the popular felted soaps; Piece on Peace has a selection of wearables and decor items. The Folly a Tet online shop opened recently, with new items being added every few months. If there is something that you have seen at a market, or on my Instagram page, but not in the shop, contact me for a PayPal invoice. 

 

How do you ship? 

I ship via Canada Post Regular Parcel. Shipping times within Canada are usually 2-5 business days; in the US, parcels take about 5-10 business days. If you prefer a different shipping option, contact me for a quote. Those who wish to pick up their order from me in Calgary can use code YYCPU at checkout for free shipping, and I will email you my location. 

 

I saw a piece at a market/on Instagram, but it's not in the shop.

Being a sole proprietor who makes one of a kind objects means the online shop is only a portion of what is available. Contact me if you like a piece seen at a market, or on the Folly a Tet Instagram

 

Do you ever teach?

Sometimes! I've had a lot of fun teaching beginner felting classes; check out the events page for upcoming classes, or contact me if you would like to organize a workshop. 

 

When/Where is your next market?

Check out the events page, or sign up for the Folly a Tet newsletter for all upcoming markets. 


 

What does Folly a Tet mean/How did you come up with your name?

Are you ready for the long answer? 

  Tet Tet is the name of my childhood Teddy bear. My Dad got him for me before I was even born, and he was my most precious little friend when I was very young. I wanted to name my line after the bear, because my product embodies the same feelings of excitement and wonder that I had as a child finding objects and making little things. It also felt right to have a name after the first gift my Dad ever gave to me, because he has always aided and encouraged my creative endeavours. 

  Also, Tete (missing an accent) in French means "head", and when I first started my line, I strictly made hair accessories. Clever, right? Kind of? 

  Here is where the Folly comes in. After deciding that "Tet Tets" would be pretty terrible for a few reasons (google it and watch the video), I knew that I had to find something more specific to my story, and why I do this. Taking more inspiration from the French language, and an X-Files episode I was watching, Folie à deux is a term for a shared psychosis. Mental illness has always been a struggle in my life, and it is so vital to have a creative outlet to help sort out these issues. Even on some of my worst days, I can usually find the smallest sliver of focus and joy when I create something. It is another reason why I use colourful, soft materials; not only do I make something beautiful that I can proudly wear, but my pieces also act as my own little sense of ease when I'm feeling awful. Sort of how a Teddy bear comforts a child. I wanted my name to honour that relationship between mental illness and creativity. 

  To break it down quickly: phonetically, I liked the sound of Folie à Tet, but it just didn't make much sense in any language, and I wanted the name to be more English-accessible (that makes me laugh). So, in a quintessential lightbulb moment, I had Folly a Tet. 

And there you have it. 

 

 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask me any other questions you may have. 


Cheers, 

Carly 


 



 

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