Monday, 10 April 2017

A New Pattern and New Visits!

My Chrysler sweater design is in The Knitter Magazine, Issue 109! This textured lace pattern changes scale from cast on to cast off, giving the appearance of layers of arches. The beautiful yarn is Fyberspates Vivacious DK is shade Deep Aqua. I love the subtle colour variation throughout the sweater.

Chrysler Sweater by Emma Vining
Photo from The Knitter Magazine
Chrysler Sweater by Emma Vining
Photo from The Knitter Magazine
The multiple scales of the arches are based on a short Fibonacci sequence of 3, 5 and 8. In a Fibonacci sequence, the next number in the sequence is the sum of the two previous numbers. The first arches in my design have three rows of eyelets, the next set have five and final elongated arches have eight rows of eyelets.

As well as working on commissions I have been to some great events over the last few weeks.

At the beginning of March, I represented the Knitting & Crochet Guild on their stand at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. If you were there, you will know what a fantastic event it was and if you didn't make it this year, I really recommend a visit! There was an amazing atmosphere. Everyone was there because of a love of all things relating to yarn, knitting, crochet and creative crafts. You could feel the excitement, enthusiasm and goodwill all around. There were a very large number of visitors, from the UK and from all over the World.

Bohus Sweater from the Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection
Photo by Emma Vining
The Guild's stand had a beautiful display of Bohus knitting from the Guild's Collection. Visitors were fascinated by this textured stranded knitting and we had many insightful conversations. A highlight was chatting to Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed about the Guild's Bohus accessories. Jared had taken a close look at the Bohus gloves on display and it was a real pleasure to discuss this with him.

Also in March, I went on a great V&A Member's visit to The School of Historical Dress. I first heard of the amazing work done by Jenny Tiramani and her colleagues at a talk by the V&A Curator, Susan North. Susan and Jenny co-edited an excellent book on Seventeenth Century Women's Dress Patterns. This collaboration between the V&A and The School of Historical Dress drew on the in-depth studies of the late Janet Arnold. Janet Arnold's books, Patterns of Fashion, are a detailed historical record of Englishwomen's dress, full of beautiful illustrations. You can read more about Janet Arnold on the School of Historical Dress Website here.

Image from The School of Historical Dress website

Our group was the very first to visit the School in their new home opposite the Imperial War Museum in London and we were made extremely welcome! Jenny, Claire and Nicky were wonderful hosts and we loved hearing about their exciting work with the Globe Theatre and Mark Rylance.  Our visit was full of amazing insights into historical garment construction and re-construction. The afternoon concluded with a look at some of Janet Arnorld's original illustrations. An absolutely amazing finale to a fantastic afternoon!

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