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TT: Fashion Illustration

Textile inspiration can start with anything really. But normally, for me, it begins with either an illustration, croquis (which is a small test pattern) or photo. Illustrations, especially fashion ones give a lot more information than the other options. This can be really helpful in deciding things like fibre, density of the fabric, and even how much detail may or may not be added. Like any form of design outcome (and probably like most things in life?) the more you know, the better off you are. 

INSPIRATION: Hand drawn fashion illustration

INSPIRATION: Hand drawn fashion illustration

OUTCOME: Lightweight silk with hand embroidered weaving in 

OUTCOME: Lightweight silk with hand embroidered weaving in 

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Translation Tuesday

For me, knitting is all about translation. It's about taking inspiration from an image or artwork or texture and recreating it into a textile. Recently, I was digging through some older work and it gave me the idea of Translation Tuesday. A special day to celebrate textile translations. (And perhaps also celebrate words that begin with the letter T.) AND because I'm a terrible blogger and this seemed like a fun way to at least TRY and be a bit consistent with posts. 

So here we go.  It'll be a mix of old and new work and will showcase the textile inspiration and the knitted outcome. And it'll happen (fingers crossed) every Tuesday!

INSPIRATION: Original hand drawn floral 

INSPIRATION: Original hand drawn floral 

OUTCOME: Floral knit with beading

OUTCOME: Floral knit with beading

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Make My Beanie

Recently I’ve been running my very first competition, #MakeMyBeanie. To enter you had to colour in the supplied beanie template with the winner receiving his or her own beanie made. 

I had some great entries but from the start I was hoping to get one that would push the creative boundaries a bit, something that may be a bit of a challenge. And I always look at a kid’s artwork and see amazing textile potential, so for me choosing the winner was a pretty easy choice.

Normally I create adult size beanies but because of the design it seemed necessary to scale down a little. So firstly, a bit of math and some basic planning was required. 

Because in knitting we start at the bottom and work upwards the first real challenge was how to create that rib. I thought the easiest way to achieve a similar black and white mix was to simply knit one black yarn and one white yarn together to create a marl effect. Interesting as it knitted it created obvious horizontal lines which initially I wasn't so fond of but grew on me (probably because there was no easy fix). 

Once the full piece of knitting was done it was time to embroider the coloured design into the fabric. Using both swiss darning and backstitch techniques I did the design by eye rather than drawing it out first. While it means it's slightly disproportionate in places I hoped it would help recreate the free loose line work of the original. 

 

From there it was just a matter of finishing touches like the pom pom and tidying up all the loose ends. I have to confess I LOVED this project (enough that I'll probably run another one next year), and I am SUPER happy with the result. I hope it's new owner will be as well.