The Perfect Scarf For Your European Travels

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Heading out on a European Adventure this summer? Bring with you the perfect travel companion: a beautiful scarf to keep you warm and fashionable on your travels. Inspired by the architecture of Milan this gothic architectural scarf is embellished with qua trefoil accents, a prominent feature on gothic cathedrals and buildings of that time. Taking direct inspiration from the Milan Cathedral itself, this design features the various pointed arches and crockets on each of these arches with the qua trefoils on each arch as seen on the beautiful cathedral.

Designed in two sizes and made from the highest quality of Merino Wool, these scarves are ready to ship. Part of a new ART-chitecture series they are the first of many to be released.

 

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Stained Glass Arm Warmers

The new Stained Glass Arm warmers are perfect to keep your hands warm and cozy this season. Available at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com and http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com

Stained Glass series is a collection I have been working on this year in relation to my Architectural Design Project.  The Stained Glass panel beside the traditional style was also made by myself years ago. I loved making the Stained Glass then and always want to design some with yarn.

The Gothic Cathedrals of the past adorn many amazing Stained Glass windows that add colour to the stone walls.  I have designed two versions so far with a beige stone coloured base and a more contemporary feel on one style and a traditional essence with an ivory base and brighter Stained Glass on this style.  The beige contemporary version has rod iron that surrounds the glass window gently sewn in beside the stained glass panels in the center in a subtle manner.  The ivory traditional style has a bold colour way with the rod iron place one either side of the window panel in a stronger essence to go with the more bold traditional design.

There will be more colours coming soon.

They are also available soon at the Alberta Craft Council in both Edmonton and Calgary, see their website for addresses.  I have many one of a kind designs including scarves, and hand warmers at these two locations.

http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca

 

Stained Glass Rose Window, Gothic Architectural Hand Warmers

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The Eclectic Stained Glass Rose Window hand warmer has part of the Stained Glass Rose Window shown with the Stone Tracery on top on one half with a lovely Gothic Inspired metal button and clock to accent this design. The Eclectic Stained Glass Rose Window Hand Warmer is designed with a longer top that drapes nicely down your arm for a great Wearable Art look.  It has an asymmetrical effect that makes this piece unique.  Other designs using this new look will follow.  This is just the beginning of the Architectural Collection – Gothic Architecture Inspiration for 2016 so pop by often to see what I am working on and check out my stores as I often have one of a kind pieces there.

The picture below shows various other styles available in my latest additions to my Architectural Collection.  You can purchase them at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com or http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  More coming soon.

 

stained glass rose windows and more 2016

A sneek peek into Fall 2016 for Valerie Baber Designs with the new Stained Glass scarves, hand warmers, hats and ear warmers to come.  I decided to revisit my Gothic Architectural designs and this time make the focus the Stained Glass while still using the Stone Tracery as a secondary focus.  (Last time I focused on the Stone Tracery as the main view point)  Here are a few of the newest designs in my Architectural Collection.

Have a wonderful day!!

Architectural Inspiration scarf – Milan Cathedral

More Architectural Inspiration scarves with a floral stone tracery feel.  All of these designs are available for order at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  This group of scarves new this season were inspired once again by the many Gothic Cathedrals of the past especially the Milan Cathedral.  This amazing building was designed and built by many architects, artists, craftsmen and so many more.  It is one of the most decorated Gothic Cathedrals that took over 200 years to build.  The various architects used a lot of floral inspiration in their stone tracery throughout the Milan Cathedral as shown below.

The various floral accents on the Floral Tracery Gothic Cathedral Inspired scarves were inspired by the Milan Cathedral and other Gothic Cathedrals of the past.  As mentioned in  my previous blogs I will be restarting my Architectural project as you can see why.  There is so much inspiration that I felt I needed to go another direction and begin my project with various Architectural buildings to pull my inspiration from.  I will be adding these designs to my work soon for Fall and Winter 2015/16.

It amazes me the incredible amount of work that has gone into these beautiful buildings.  I am awed at their creativity and design as each Gothic Cathedral stands alone in unique stature expressing the Architect, Artist and Craftsmen ideas and design skills that have stood for many years in their beautiful strength.  The Gothic Architecture era had a huge impact on how we design and build today.

Check my website soon for dates I am at the local St. Albert Farmers Market in the fall as well some of my work will be at another booth by the library at the Wiggles and Giggles booth.  Website:  www.vbaberdesigns.com

You can also purchase my designs locally at the http://www.artgalleryofstalbert.ca and the http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca

Have yourselves a wonderful week full of inspiration!

A Desperate Fortune Scarf for Author Susanna Kearsley

A Desperate Fortune Scarf and hand warmers designed for Author Susanna Kearsley and her newest book “A Desperate Fortune”.  This one of a kind design was designed from the inspiration that Susanna used for her newest book.  Take a trip into the past and present with this extraordinary book with a cryptic journal from the past telling a secret story in the present day of this written book.  A fabulous read that includes suspense, deception, allegiance and love that will entice you through each chapter with plenty of visually written moments.  Plenty of twists and turns to entertain you throughout the book and as always a surprise ending.  I absolutely love this book, it is a must read so add it to your list soon.

I am fortunate that Susanna is a most wonderful friend and I thank her for asking me to work with her on this wonderful adventure.  Like the two women in her book working separately, yet together though they lived far apart in time and Susanna and I in distance.  It is a true pleasure being a friend of Susanna’s and I am so very proud of all she has done and continues to do.  Awesome job my friend on your newest book!!! One of my new favourites by far!

The A Desperate Fortune collar style scarf (small scarf) and hand warmers are available for purchase together or separately at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  takes about 1 to 2 weeks to make. See more information about them at my Etsy store.  

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/234093217/stained-glass-rose-window-small-scarf?ref=shop_home_active_12  

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The present day character Sara wears various scarves through out the book and originally I thought of designing a scarf that included these various scarves.  The Architectural descriptions in Susanna’s latest novel were speaking louder likely since I have been greatly inspired by Architecture of the past in my work this past year.  I couldn’t wait to begin this newest member of my Architectural designs just for Susanna.  Below are some pictures of the building Susanna was influenced by in her description of the building in the book.  Susanna’s description:  “The building with the windows is the chapel inside the old chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, in France, which once housed the exiled Stuart kings of Britain and their courtiers. For me, having written for several years now about these people and their lives, actually getting to stand on this spot was a very moving moment, as this chapel would have been at the centre of their daily routines”.

You can read the first two chapters of this wonderful book here: 

http://books.sourcebooks.com/adesperatefortune/

I began this journey into the past for the A Desperate Fortune Scarf with a crochet base of a light coloured stone as shown in the pictures above.  Adding green at the bottom for the stained glass effect that the stone tracery would be adhering to down the road.  You can see more of the progress in the pictures below as I design the stone tracery and add the brick colour to the scarf and hand warmers.  There are two brooches that accent this scarf so you can wear it in various ways and use them to fasten the scarf.  The are both Stained Glass Rose windows that were designed for these wonderful Architectural buildings of the past.

For the “A Desperate Fortune” scarf I used beautiful yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns, a Canadian Company, who dyes yarn in wonderful colours that portray their local area and Canada.  A fitting yarn to use since both Susanna and I are Canadian.  The colours were perfect for this design with the light stone colour being the Birch colour way, the stained glass is the Woodland Colour way of greens and the brick is done in the Terra Firma colour way.  All yarns were by SweetGeorgia Yarns in the Superwash Merino wool blend.  SweetGeorgia yarns are as noted in the name, SWEET!  One of my favourite yarns to work with, luxuriously soft and the colours are truly fantastic.  I recently took a visit to Vancouver and popped into the store to see the latest colours and newest yarns for this year.  They are even more delectable and wonderful than ever.  I can’t wait to use them in my next series of designs.

Be sure to check out SweetGeorgia’s website at  

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I am off to work on some new Architectural designs and new designs for Fall.  Come back soon to see my latest as well I am restarting my Architectural project as there was so much inspiration in my research that I have decided to go a different direction.  I will blog my start on that very soon.  Have a most wonderful day today.

Architecture in Crochet Project – Exeter Cathedral Stone tracery #3

Architecture in Crochet Project – Exeter Cathedral Stained Glass Window with Stone Tracery part 3.

With a 3 D effect in the crochet I have added some shading and depth to this beautiful window.  I have used two different techniques to achieve this look one style on the frame of the window and another on the circles as I begin to build the stone tracery of this intricate window design.  The pieces are not sewn on yet and will have a more finished look once I do down the road.  I think I will design more of the stone tracery before I start sewing the pieces on to make sure I like where it is going in scale etc.

Here are a few links to some great YouTube videos on Gothic Architecture: (Thanks Deb for the suggestion of checking out these fabulous video’s)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg9e-KAyLmg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYp10cCFdNo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP5Tt3E1k7s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jc05vcN3uo

Off I go to tackle the next part of the Exeter Cathedral Stained Glass Window.  Have a wonderful and inspiring day!