New Rose Onie Collection for 2018 includes the Dark Gray colour way. Available in the Scarf, Hand Warmers and the Ear Warmer to add an elegance to your wardrobe. Also available in , ivory/sandstone, dark gray and a light gray coming soon. Various styles and colours of this design including one without flowers is also available at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com or http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com
New Rose Onie Collection for 2018 includes the Ivory or Sandstone colour way. Available in the Scarf, Hand Warmers and the Ear Warmer to add an elegance to your wardrobe. Also available in dark gray and a light gray coming soon. Various styles and colours of this design including one without flowers is also available at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com or http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com
Joy Cozy Cable Scarves, Hand warmers, Ear warmers, hats and more are new to the Joy Collection designed with my daughter http://www.alittledetail.com and myself. Check out her fashion blog she has a fabulous sense of style and you can see the latest Joy collection photo shoots there. Here are a few teasers just starting to roll out for the New Year! More to come soon.
Fabulous Floral scarves, hand warmers, hats, ear warmers and more. I have been busy designing new pieces to various collections including various Floral Peony styles shown here http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com and http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com Check out both of my sites for the latest design as I will continue to add new ones weekly. Some of my other designs are ready to ship and some can be custom ordered with a variety of colours so check each listing you like to see on the last picture what colours you can do order them in. These are some of the various design styles and colours available with a Peony floral touch, more colours are available than shown.
These are some of the new Peony floral scarves available this fall. There are many different styles to choose from to suit your style. I have also added many new one of a kind pieces recently to http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com with hand painted merino wool and hand spun wool. Have a wonderful day and be inspired to try something new today.
I have been asked by Deb at http://www.htheblog.wordpress.com, http://www.islandhomeblog.wordpress.com, http://www.debrahunter.wordpress.com to continue the “Blog Hop Around the World”. Deb is a blogger who is multi talented in many different areas such as photography, knitting, yarn dying with nature, makes wood buttons and many more unique items. Check out her various blogs to see more of what this wonderful Artist does, it will inspire you. The “Blog Hop Around the World” is a wonderful collection of amazing bloggers with great talents of all sorts joining in to tell you more about what they do. A great way to see more of the many bloggers exerts is to google “Blog Hop Around the World”.
Here is the Question time…
What are you working on?
I am always working on something new and the best way to see my latest and most current work is on my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com I am inspired by many different things and often will incorporate that into my unique designs. I recently started a new collection with an Architectural flair. For years I have been inspired by the amazing Architecture of the past. While taking my Interior Decorating and Interior Design the one group of courses I couldn’t get enough of were Art and Architectural History. The fact that one building can take various decades and more to complete with various architects, designers, painters and the many people it takes to achieve these greatly detailed features of the architectural buildings of the past. I could go on and on about this subject, but it would take a life time to talk about it all.
The Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf is one of my newest designs in my Architectural Collection. I adore vintage buildings and the amazing and exquisite architecture of the past. Stained Glass windows have always caught my attention in these beautiful buildings of the past and current. Perhaps that is why about 10 years ago I took classes on Stained Glass and made various pieces for my home. The time, skill and artistry that goes into designing and making one small window is an enormous task, but worth every moment when you see the light dancing through the wonderful colours of the pattern.
I have been thinking of designing a knitted version of Stained Glass for a while now and this is one of my first tries. Gothic Architecture incorporates many stained glass windows as the flying buttresses used in design made it possible to have many more windows than previous architecture design. I believe this is a big reason why I love this Architecture so very much. A stained glass window has two sides with different effects on each of them.
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Tracery and elaborate stone features were an exquisite feature of these beautiful works of art. This design is made with a stone coloured base of grey or beige and neutrals in a hand painted merino wool. The Floral Stone Tracery Scarf is made with a stone wall essence on the base of the scarf in the colours of various stones. The inspiration for this set of scarves is the amazing stone tracery on Architecture of the past. The elaborate and fascinating artwork that was involved in designing and making the stone tracery is outstanding. For these smaller scarves, more of a cowl size, I have chosen to put a few stone tracey flowers to accent the design. I will be changing the stone tracery as I go along focusing on different types of stone tracery. This is just the beginning of my Architectural collection I have some larger pieces working in my mind I must start designing soon.
I have recently began adding some knitting patterns to my work. Valerie Baber Designs are unique in many ways from the colour, accents and yarn types. All pieces involved in my designs, excluding things like buttons, are all handmade and designed by myself.
How does my work differ from others?
I use many different yarns and add the unique touch with embellishments and styles of the accessories. The Accessories include Scarves, Shawls, Sweaters, Fingerless Gloves, Mittens, Hats and other specialty items. High end yarns such as Hand Painted yarns, Merino Wool, Alpaca, Llama, Hand Spun Yarns, Silk, Cashmere, Organic Cotton, Cotton, Linen, Bamboo are used. A combination of both knitting and crochet complete these pieces. Many of my designs are one of a kind and I do specialty work for other companies such as the Alberta Craft Council, Art Gallery of St. Albert, the Opera Art Project and more. Many of my designs come from various inspirations including nature and man made alike. To keep my designs unique I designed everything by myself, I do not use other peoples patterns in my work. I love the challenge of making something new and just taking some yarn and needles and working away to see what comes from within that day. It is very freeing to design this way. I never have enough time to design everything I am inspired by.
Why do I create what I do?
This is an interesting question. I was previously in the ready to wear and knitting pattern end years ago, but a hand injury took me out for over a year. During that time I decided to go back to school and get my Interior Decorating Diploma and then proceeded to my Interior Design Degree. However, in the middle of my Interior Design degree I ended up with a terrible back and hip injury that made it impossible to finish. My sister asked me to make some scarves and after taking a recent free form knitting class off I went in a direction I had never been before. This is why much of my work is embellished. It opened up a creativity I had never felt before, designs just came flowing out of me and thankfully continue today. My work is completely different than my past business which was more traditional with designing with cables, intarsia and fair isle styles of knitting, mostly for kids. This more free form approach to designing has opened up a creativity I have never experienced before. I believe my school in Interior Decorating and Design has definitely helped my in this venture, especially the Architectural Collection.
How does my creative process work?
My knitting passion started with a homespun knitwear business, called “Hey, Diddle Diddle. Progressing from designing and knitting ready to wear children’s hats, sweaters and woman’s wear to the knitting world. Writing and designed patterns for my own line of designs and for the knitting magazine “Cast On”. Most of my creativity comes from things around me such as nature, colours, shapes, people and anything that catches my eye inspiring me to create. The texture, colour, feel and quality of Natural Yarns and Pure Fibres are my favourite to use in my unique designs. As I continue to grow and expand my artistic business my designs will continue to change and evolve into new and creative exciting pieces.
It has been a pleasure to be part of the “blog hop around the world”. I am passing the baton to Leah at http://seattlespinner.com/ Leah spins the most wonderful yarns and then makes such lovely designs perfect for her yarn. She uses some of the profits to help others with the woman of http://awamaki.org/ Her inspiration comes from nature and more and you can definitely see that in your beautiful yarns. She will be doing the next “Blog Hop Around the World” so check her blog out soon.
These designs are also available as finished garments on my Etsy store as well (please note my NEW Etsy store link is above) Various colours to choose from if you need a gift or don’t have time to knit it yourself.
Gentle Waves Collection includes knitting pattern for the Cowl or Collar style scarf, Ear Warmer and Fingerless Gloves by Valerie Baber Designs. Pattern is designed with worsted weight merino wool. The yarn shown in these pictures is Malabrigo Rios. Wonderful textured scarf with flowing waves warming up a cooler day bringing memories of the warmer days of summer. Uses Worsted Weight Merino wool or yarn with similar gauge and weight as Malabrigo Rios.
This design is a unique addition to any wardrobe with the stunning Hand Painted Merino Wool base. The Gentle Waves scarf is inspired by the oceans, sea and other bodies of water with the gentle waves combined with the 3D waves rolling about the scarf. The colours reflect the water and the surrounding nature and other items around the body of water.
This design is great in any colour way with examples above or try including greys, neutrals, or other brighter colours.
Great for Spring, Fall and Winter to keep you warm and cozy.
To see more of my knitting patterns available see my Etsy store link above.
What’s New…Rose Onie Scarf Collection in new colours. Just a peek into what I have been busy designing in the last few weeks. These Rose Onie designs are all custom orders from wonderful clients that wanted to add their own inspiration and style to my Rose Onie Design. The darker ones give a wonderful eclectic feel to this sculptural design.
I love enhancing and changing my designs to be specific for the person who will be wearing them. Makes the design a little more special for that person and another way for me to be inspired by their choices as well. I love the challenge that custom work gives me, like trying to solve a puzzle. As my family
would attest, I love puzzles especially the last piece you put in and finally complete it. That is how I feel when I am designing! Nothing better than finishing that designing puzzle and seeing the complete finished piece. Addictive for sure!
As I have said before you never know where you inspiration will come from. Keep your eyes and ears open for something new to discover and try.
Dreaming of the Ocean inspired the new Fall collection the Eclectic Waves Ear Warmer and Fingerless Gloves sets that compliment the Eclectic Waves neck warmer scarves. These designs have a water theme and are based on the ocean or a body of water at different times of the day. The Teal collection is the ocean colours during the day, the Orange collection is the ocean at sunset with the oranges and a hint of blue for the sky and water, The Dark collection is the ocean at midnight with the deep colours and accented with blues, purple and greens, and finally the purple collection is the ocean at sunrise with the purples and splashes of blues for the water and sky.
One of my favourite places to be is by the water on the sand just sitting or walking around. It just brings such peace to a hectic day. The sounds, smells and the atmosphere is fantastic. I used to live by Lake Ontario and spent a few years in Vancouver by the ocean, we spent a lot of time by the water and beach. I miss it everyday. Designing this collection makes me feel like the water and beach is right here with me.
I am lucky to live near a set of lovely ponds behind our house and I enjoy walking the dog around watching the birds and other animals. I still miss the Lake and Ocean views and just hanging out enjoying the scenery. I can just hear the waves now or maybe it is the fountain running in my back yard :). None the less, I love being by water! I am in the process of designing more water themed scarves some with detailed embellishing and all a little different as there are so many types of bodies of water. Most of all I want to feel like I am near the ocean on those cold winter days and dream of the coming spring and summer when I will find myself near a lake or ocean again.
Water is a wealth of inspiration just waiting to be discovered. Oceans, lakes, the sea, water falls, rivers, ponds and the like are different wherever you go. Both in and out of the bodies of water flow many different colours, textures, objects, styles and more to inspire your latest work of art. It is calming and terrifying at the same time. Exciting, beautiful, strong, soft, and such a contrast within it’s self always adding interesting features every moment you look at it. Constantly changing and evolving each minute. You never know what you will see or be inspired by each and every day being different with water. The colour can change with in the same moments and the very same day. These are the things that are inspiring my Water Theme designs. I am currently working on some other pieces to this collection so be sure to pop by for another visit soon. You can see more of my designs on the links below.
Roses R… The Rose Onie Scarf and Collection has been keeping me busy these days as I design the new Rose Onie Fingerless Gloves and Head Scarf/Ear Warmer. This is my all time favourite scarf I have designed, mostly because it is a dedication to my Mother. My mom was an amazing woman with great strength and wisdom. She always encouraged us to do our best and try new things. Her love of the Arts, Music, and being creative has influence all those who knew her. She was very artistic and always busy creating something new when she had some extra time.
When I decided to design a special scarf for my mother I picked the Rose and off I went to add them to a scarf of leaves and vines. The sculptural feel and design add a timeless look to the piece. The Rose Onie Collection is now available in other colours as shown in pictures below or click on this link to view. www.intricateknits.etsy.com To add that special touch to the scarf I decided to expand the collection add in the Rose Onie Fingerless Gloves and the Rose Onie Head Scarf or Ear Warmer.
Last week my daughter and I decided to have some fun taking pictures of the Rose Onie Collection. It was a true joy that day, working together like my mother and I used to do. My mother inspired and continues to inspire me everyday. My Mother, “Onie”, was my all time HERO!
Be inspired by those you love now and in the past. Creating something in memory of them is an amazing therapy and joy. Do something fun today that brings you happiness and enjoy your day!