Monday, 17 November 2014

Diggin' design at the Garden Museum, 30 November 2014

 
 
 
Christmas Fair at THE GARDEN MUSEUM
 
On 30 November, the Garden Museum will be holding its third sustainable Christmas Fair, to celebrate an eco-friendly festive season.
 
And this time, I will be participating!! Come and buy my hand-knitted OPERA SHAWLS and SHETLAND LACE SCARVES!!! (made with yarn i bought in Shetland last month).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opera Shawl ZERBINETTA

 



 Rainbow Beret


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Shetland \Wool Week 2014

This year I am going to Shetland Wool Week for the first time - guess whether I am excited!!

SHETLAND WOOL WEEK 2014

ZoomShetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands. Shetland wool is a world class natural fibre, with a long standing reputation for quality, strength and excellence from the fleece to the textile products. Shetland knitwear has a deserved respect gained from many generations of hard working knitters and crofters producing some of the finest lace and Fair Isle knitwear.
In this fifth year of Shetland Wool Week, an extensive range of exhibitions, classes and events covers many different subjects including weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting, and a look at traditional gansey styles. The Foula Froke is the only gansey design to originate in Shetland, with introductory classes on this complementing a contemporary take on Dutch traditional ganseys.
New and exciting venues include classes held on a traditional restored Tall Ship, and at the brand new Sumburgh Head classroom facility at the very tip of mainland Shetland – incorporating an indulgence of natural heritage and stunning views into the creativity of textile work. Events are taking place from this southern tip, right up to the most northerly island of Unst, famous for its beautiful lacework, with many locations in between.  
Hazel Tindall, who has twice held the World’s Fastest Knitter title, will be Patron of 2014 Shetland Wool Week. Hazel grew up in Shetland and learned to knit before she can even remember. Her knitting has been the subject of many articles and book chapters, and her own patterns are eagerly sought by knitters all around the world. Hazel has a real passion for knitting, patterns and Shetland wool and having delivered a number of classes in past years, is an ideal Patron for Wool Week 2014. She will design a special Wool Week pattern which will be made available prior to the event. Details will be posted to this website later in the year.
The Shetland Wool Week Committee bids a very warm welcome to everyone attending Shetland Wool Week 2014.

SHETLAND WOOL

Shetland wool is a world-class natural fibre, and its reputation relies on the islands' native expertise from the crofters who grow it to the talented Shetland women who design and create with it. The legacy of the isles early wool industry has gifted contemporary Shetland with an international reputation for excellence in knitting and textiles.
Wool played a pivotal role in the development of Shetland’s modern history. There are few places in the world where wool has been continuously grown, processed, knitted and sold, for centuries, and a few locations where every stage of production - from sheep right to through to finished sweater - is still locally evident. And certainly there is nowhere to beat Shetland in terms of its sheer wealth of expertise, from internationally-renowned wool experts like Oliver Henry, to Hazel Tindall, the world's fastest knitter. Highlighting the fibre's bright future alongside its important heritage, Shetland Wool Week is a truly time for celebration.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Opera Shawl ZERBINETTA

My newest Opera Shawl = ZERBINETTA



And a close-up





Thursday, 3 July 2014

Red House Arts and Crafts Fair, 12-13 July 2013

RED HOUSE, THE FIRST HOME OF WILLIAM MORRIS






There will be an ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR in the beautiful garden at RED HOUSE during the weekend of 12-13 July. I am honoured to have the opportunity to display my knitwear there,along with many other craftspeople. and hope people will come to look at our stuff, as well as enjoy the garden!!



Thursday, 19 June 2014

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

New textiles


 Most recently completed Fair Isle Beret





A DISPLAY OF MY HAND-KNITTED BERETS




A DISPLAY OF MY OPERA SHAWLS


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Spitalfields City Farm Summer Market, 8 June




Would be lovely if people would come and buy some of my stuff! It was great fun last year!! 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Opera Shawl TOSCA



This is my most recent Opera Shawl, TOSCA, knitted in Kidsilk Haze




Sunday, 26 January 2014

My textiles on display

Here are some examples of my Shetland Lace scarves and Opera Shawls.


Here you see, in close proximity, Carmen, Violetta and Freya



Here you see Rosina, Pamina, Violetta and Ariadne


Here is an array of Shetland Lace Scarves

New Fair-Isles



These are my most recent Fair-Isle berets, finished 26 January 2014