Saturday, 28 June 2014

faux suede

The latest fabric added to the line of fabrics my designs are available on is faux suede. I ordered a swatch and really like the quality of the fabric. Its thick and would be suitable for upholstery or for sewing bags or pillows. The colours printed very well and also very densely, there is no white showing through anywhere. Its quite stiff and apparently gets softer with washing. 
The design I had printed is available for sale here
And in case you're wondering why I folded it so the head isn't showing, I reworked the original design since ordering the fabric, because the head looked very strange!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

garden

My grandma had a huge garden and whenever I visited her I loved to roam through it, randomly picking raspberries and rhubarb stalks, smelling the lilacs and trying the crabapples. These designs feature plants from my grandma's garden and drawing each plant evoked memories and smells and tastes.


I entered one of them in this week's spoonflower contest. Its so much fun when a design starts to come together.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

terrariums

Terrarium is a nice word isn't it.

I had a baby 7 weeks ago, life has changed a lot!

Last week I sat for an hour in a café sketching the little glass jars holding sugar cubes. At home I reworked the sketches...


... and created little terrariums filled with fabric flowers. The finished fabric design:


ps. its a bit sad what saving as a .jpg does to the image quality..

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

work in progress

Inspiration finally struck for the "women's day toile" fabric design contest this week. 


The design brief from the spoonflower website:

"Women's Day Toile: Toile de Jouy is a type of design popularized in the 18th century that typically depicts a complex scene, often pastoral, arranged into a repeating pattern. Classical toiles are usually two colors, with white or off-white as the background color and the pattern printed in black, dark blue, or red. For this contest, we're asking designers to come up with a toile de Jouy that celebrates remarkable female scientists, inventors, and leaders. Previews will be sized as quarter yards (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, February 25th, 2014."

I've never designed toile de jouy fabric before, but once it started coming together, I really enjoyed the different type of design. You can see the finished fabric here and the other designs in the contest here.

Friday, 14 February 2014

A sophisticated snorri

Remember snorri? I had three balls of wool left over from that knitting project and wanted to make a matching baby sweater.
There are many free knitting patterns on Ravelry and one I've had my eye on for a while is a cardigan called baby sophisticate by Linden Down. Its a wonderful straightforward raglan sweater for babys. The snorri pattern has three different cables and I placed these down the back, front and along the sleeves. Adding cables definitely changes the sizing of the sweater - making it quite a bit smaller and tighter. But as usual, steaming and blocking works wonders! The buttons are from my great aunt.


Thursday, 13 February 2014

a postcard from Gloucester

Two weeks ago I went to Gloucester for the weekend. Three and a half hours on the bus aren't so bad when you sit in the front seat.

Two things I enjoyed there:

Exploring the cathedral


The Tailor of Gloucester Museum





Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Frogging

Frogging in knitting may sound really nice but its not. It means ripping out your knitting because you've discovered a mistake many many rows back. Usually I try to avoid frogging at all costs: either talking myself into being able to live with a mistake in the knitting (no one else will notice right?!) or giving up on the project and leaving it for years. 

frogging by karinka_kf

With this project I have gotten far enough that I don't want to give up. I also know that living with the mistake is not really an option. The panel on the right is the front of the sweater - do you notice anything missing? I was concentrating so hard on the windmill design that I completely forgot to decrease for the armholes and also completely forgot to create a neckline. The arms I might get away with, but no neckline might be a bit uncomfortable! So after a few months of leaving it on the back shelf, I finally frogged it and am in the process of reknitting.