I begin each garment design with a philosophy for that particular design. The philosophy is what the garment wants to be and what, if anything, are “nonnegotiable” elements and what can be tweaked if needed. For instance, proportional design is an overarching philosophy I’ve always applied in my garment designs, even before hearing Jill mention it in her class. As seen in Woodsong Camber (pre-class), the philosophy of this design is that it featured differing sized traveling cables dependent upon the size being knit. Or in Moonlit Kiss, I originally had sketched in highly detailed sleeves, but in development found the lace and cowl details were enough elements for one design so streamlined those sleeves down to a simple faux seam to match the body.
What a full year 2019 has been… from freelancing to pattern publishing and working on a secret non-knitting project! In 2019, we published 10 designs, bringing our total to the big 100!
One of our assignments was to create your own sizing chart. If you look online at different ready-to-wear shops, you’ll see they all have their own custom sizing chart. What hips circumference make up a Large pants? What bust makes an XS top?
What happens when you take a children’s author with a degree in Philosophy and turn her into a knitwear pattern designer? You get a passionate designer with a HUGE learning curve to undertake!
I’m absolutely ecstatic, 100 releases, I never thought my design career would be so plentifully blessed with creative designs as to reach 100, but God has given me so many fiber-y visions, today we celebrate that milestone and look forward to even more to come.
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Indies Unite! Collaboration: I told you the 99th release would be something special. Puddles and I are thrilled to join with some very talented indie designers in our first eBook collection.
Fiber Focus: The Good, The Bad, & The Eco… Bamboo
With the shine and shimmer of silk, but with a different touch, Bamboo is the new kid in fiber. First developed as a yarn (mixed with wool) patented in 1881 (1), bamboo stayed quiet in the fiber industry until it was “rediscovered” at Beijing University in the early 2000s (2). Since then, bamboo yarns began to pop up in indie dyers and commercial ventures alike. A recent trend towards the name Bamboo Viscose (or Viscose from Bamboo) reveals much about this fiber. Let’s dig deeper into bamboo to discover the good, the bad, and the eco!
Join Puddles and I for this video demonstration of how to incorporate the drop stitches and yox3 into your Air Bender shawl’s I-cord bind off. Still working on your Air Bender MKAL… don’t worry, we don’t show the entire shawl
Preamble: in a slightly atypical post style, today’s blog contains both the backstory to Cultivation as well as some video how-to tricks and tips for crafting your own Cultivation!