They are likely my favourite flower of all. So many colours to choose from with different characters and beauty abounding from their leaves and petals. I especially love the aroma they share, it is soft and delicate and oh so lovely. With roses in my mind I decided to design a style that was different than my Rose Onie Collection, a classic and sculptural collection. The new Rose inspired collection is called the Eclectic Rose, the collar scarf shown in the pictures. A brighter yarn collection with a more modern and eclectic look to the design.
The bases are made with 2 strands of yarn one of Malabrigo Worsted Merino and one of Malabrigo Rios Hand Painted Merino Wool. I love working with more than one strand of yarn as the outcome adds more texture and a unique colour way when combined. The roses on these three scarves are made with Sublime Aran weight Merino, Cashmere and Silk yarn. It is wonderfully soft and I love Sublime’s colours, they are fantastic. The leaves are done with Diamond Yarns Luxury Aran Weight Merino Wool. Another wonderful merino wool that eludes with amazing colour choices.
Using various yarns on one design is enjoyable for me as I love to see how they work together and what the outcome is in the end. The style changes depending on what fibres and colours you are using on each piece. Keeps it interesting and enjoyable, trying something new that I am inspired to do that day. I love making Wearable Art pieces, there is a freedom in deciding with each piece what it should become even when I started with the same knitted or crocheted “canvas” I had designed before. I can add a personal touch that I am inspired by or the customer is inspired by making it one of a kind.
Inspiration can come from anywhere, just let your mind see things in a new and exciting way. Then turn it into something new for you to enjoy or share with others. I must warn you it is addictive! Enjoy your day and try to see things differently today. Find your inspiration!
Eclectic Essence Collar Scarves were one of my new designs last Fall. I wanted to combine various hand painted merino wools with other wonderful fibers including Alpaca, LLama, Cashmere, Silk and other fine yarns. A small collar style neck warmer style scarf that was light, warm and cozy. Then embellish to add that special touch and unique flair to the design.
I used Malabrigo Rios Merino Hand Painted Wool on the bases in two different colour ways to start. Proceeded with various fibers noted above to embellish with flowers and leaves to add some interest in corresponding colours. The Eclectic Essence Collar Scarf adds a unique feel to your wardrobe with lots of colour to brighten those cold winter days.
To compliment the Eclectic Essence Collar Scarf I added some Eclectic Essence Fingerless Gloves. Got to keep your hands warm and toasty so you can keep tweeting, Facebooking and emailing in comfort. I used the same Malabrigo yarn and added Asland Trends Baby Alpaca and Baby Llama to the mix. Gave the hand warmers a bit of ruffle to go with the Eclectic Essence Scarves. Crocheting can be very sculptural and a great way to add that special touch to a design.
I love designing different pieces keeps my mind interested and I find I accomplish more as I am excited to try something new on the next design to see where it goes. I usually have various things going at the same time as this works for me. There will be more designs with and Eclectic Flair later this Fall. Off to play with my needles and some yarn. Have a great one today.
I have been working on my Fall and Winter Designs over the past month and getting some of the ideas out of my head. Here is another one of my new designs for Fall, the Ruffle Lace Collar Scarf. These are done in Malabrigo Hand painted Rios Yarn. A lovely worsted weight with amazing colours.
I wanted to design a nice light collar that could be left as is and showcase the hand painted yarns or be embellished in the future with wonderful inspirations. Added the flowing ruffles to each piece so they would go with my Water Way theme this fall and I could tweak the design to suite a more eclectic feel for some of my other embellishments. Crocheting is a great way to add sculptured waves, curves and texture to a design. I will be embellishing these bases soon, but they are also available in their classic version as shown for a smaller price tag.
The Opera Art Project Steam Punk flashback on the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera by the Edmonton Opera season 2012 – 2013 was an amazing Opera production and my new favourite. The Opera Art Project is a special Artist collection based on the various Opera’s of the Edmonton Opera. The Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton Opera, and various local Artists have come together to bring a unique collection of Artisan creations that are inspired by the different Opera productions. Last year was the first year for this exciting venture.
My absolute favourite Opera to design for was the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera which had a Victorian Steam Punk theme throughout the production. Steam Punk style is very interesting and full of unique designs and embellishments which was right up my alley. I love the asymmetrical design of this era in time and the wonderful flowing ruffles with a edgy feel. The colours I choose were red, sepia, black and some purple and pinks that were in the incredible costuming all made by the Costume Designers of the Edmonton Opera. Adding embellishments in metals and other fibers is also a wonderful essence of the Steam Punk era. My favourite character was of course Olympia, the mechanical doll in this production. Her costume was stunning with a shear fabric over a dress of gears. Below are some of the different pieces I designed for this wonderful production.
Geared Up for the Opera Shawl:
The Geared Up for the Opera Shawl is designed after the character Olympia in the fabulous Opera. This Opera has a real Steam Punk feel in the stage design and costumes. Olympia is a doll with gears and such on the costuming which inspired this design. Done in Sepia tones seen throughout the Opera in the Stage with the stunning Circus Tent and the various costumes.
Olympia Neck Warmer:
The Olympia Neck Warmer is also designed after this character, but a much smaller version. The eclectic essence to the design enhanced by the Steam Punk accents with the a-symmetrical neck warmer and the embellished broche are reminiscent of this era. One of the fashion statements during this time was to use found objects and apply them to your clothing. The broche is embellished with a Steam Punk essence to add to this fashion style. The broche can be worn on or off the scarf and used on other pieces in your wardrobe.
Antonia Wrist Warmers:
The Antonia Wrist Warmers are designed with her in mind with the textured striping in a solid colour as with her beautiful dress. Done in a hand painted merino wool in Red tones. They were also available in Sepia tones.
I am busy designing for the next season of the Opera Art Project with the Edmonton Opera having it’s Golden Anniversary of 50 years. It will be quite a celebration! I am honoured to be a part of this amazing venture and looking forward to another year. I look forward to seeing the wonderful designs of the various Artists involved will be inspired to produce.You can view the current Opera Art Project and purchase from http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/special-projects/ and for more information about the up coming Edmonton Opera Season at www.edmontonopera.com
This weekend I was busy working on altering one of my designs previously called the Modern Twist Scarf. This scarf had an embellished broche included. It just so happened I had made most of them in a selection of blues ranging from darks to lights.
I am in the middle of reworking some of my current designs and making new ones for this fall. While taking a look at my designs I happened to come across the Modern Twist scarf. Dreaming lately of sitting on the beach by the ocean and knitting the day away inspired me to incorporate this into the design with the perfect ocean colours. Isn’t that just about every knitters dream vacation! You can view more pictures of the Ocean Breeze Scarf at: http://www.etsy.com/listing/154245036/ocean-breeze-scarf-waves-and-coral-blue?ref=v1_other_2
While looking at the scarf I noticed the texture actually looks like the waves coming into land and proceeded with that thought in mind to do a make over. It just felt right to extend part of the front into a wave splashing on the sand, can’t you just hear that lovely sound. I added a small embellished broche that can be worn on the scarf or another item in your wardrobe with a bit of coral like flair.
The Ocean Breeze scarf was made with a collection of Malabrigo hand painted merino and Rios yarns with a touch of hand spun merino wool. I am so addicted to Malabrigo yarns as their colours are just stunning and perfect to work with. I must run and get working on one of my new ones for fall with the Malabrigo Chunky Rasta yarn…..