Cathedral Scarf – Gothic Architecture inspired

Gothic Cathedral Scarf with a Architectural Rose Window design from the ART-chitecture Collection, merino wool scarf. This unique scarf is designed and handmade by Valerie of Valerie Baber Designs. This scarf shows the Rose Window from the outside of beautiful Gothic Architectural Buildings and Cathedrals of the past. Made with hand painted merino wool in a beautiful ivory stone colour. Also available in a gray stone colour.

You can order or purchase this design in a beautiful ivory or gray on my Etsy store at:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

The inspiration for this design is from beautiful photo’s a customer sent me shown below (thanks Marie) of the Cathedral de l’Assomption in Clermont Ferrand also called Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption. This beautiful cathedral is a wonderful example of Gothic Architecture with the beautiful stained glass windows, pointed arches, spires and other stunning features. The cathedral is a French National Monument and was built from black lava rock through the 13th and 14th centuries. Built out of black lava stone from a local volcano.

On my Gothic Cathedral Scarf design I placed the 3 small stained glass windows near the point of the arch as shown in the first picture. Floral stone tracery on the outside of the stained glass window and other windows on Cathedrals of the past are often a design feature. I placed quatrefoils that I pulled from another window on this beautiful cathedral to surround the centre flower of the rose stained glass window. The quatrefoil pattern is often seen on many buildings in this era. I also changed the centre flower to a 6 petal flower to fit on the scarf. Changes on my scarf were made and are not exactly as the cathedral in order for me to fit the stone tracery design onto the scarf. I did use other design features on this beautiful cathedral to give the same design essence. The overall raised effect of the stone tracery forming the stained glass rose window pattern is accomplished by the use of the various sizes of flowers. Floral touches are seen throughout Gothic Architecture in the stained glass and stone tracery. So many beautiful examples are seen around the world. I am totally addicted to this architecture style. The amazing and extremely talented people involved in all the aspects of making such stunning designs inspires me everyday.

You can see more of my Architectural inspired designs on my Architectural Designs Page:

Architectural Designs – Valerie Baber Designs

Other handmade designs that are ready to wear just for you are available on my Etsy store. I only use High Quality Fibres in this Design and always high quality yarns so you can wear them for years to come. Every design is designed and made by myself to ensure excellent quality and a unique style for your wardrobe.

All my designs are hand knit and crocheted with great care and durability and can be worn for many years to come. To preserve the yarn and longitivity of wear the design must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

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Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf…Architectural Scarf Collection


The Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf is one of my newest designs in my Architectural Collection. As I chatted about in my previous blog https://intricateknits.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/architectural-inspired-scarves-gothic-cathedrals-stained-glass-stone-walls/ 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. I have tried to portray this in this scarf and the Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf brooch below.

Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf
Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf

You can purchase this design at:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196509854/stained-glass-rose-window-scarf

The base is done in a stone coloured hand painted merino wool and other various colours of the same for the stained glass. I have done a crochet trim of crockets that are often seen on Gothic Architecture with pointed arches around the window. The Stained Glass Rose Window scarf is designed with the part of the embellishment reflecting the elaborate stone tracery in a floral shape representing the view of the rose stained glass window from the outside of the building. A small section shows the view of the stained glass window from the inside of the building with the beautiful stained glass colours and the “metal” pieces holding the glass together. Accented with a beautiful metal bronzed button that gives the look of the stone tracery seen on the Architecture of this era. A metal clasp adorns this scarf so you can open the “Stained Glass Window” and wear this Architecturally designed scarf.

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 beige and neutrals in a hand painted merino wool. The Stained Glass window is accented with pointed arches and crockets seen on most Gothic Cathedrals and buildings of that era. I have added a small clear button on the back of the window to help secure the scarf.

Gothic Rose Window
Gothic Rose Window

Architectural Inspired Scarves – Gothic Cathedrals, Stained Glass, Stone Walls…

Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf
Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf

Gothic Cathedral Scarf
Gothic Cathedral Scarf

Vintage Stone Wall Cowl Scarf
Vintage Stone Wall Cowl Scarf

Gothic Inspired Architectural designs is my newest collection coming for Fall 2014. 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.

These are the first 3 pieces of my Architectural Collection. I am currently working on other Architectural inspired designs I will be adding soon to this collection. They will likely continue to be a big part of my designs in the future. These were all inspired by the Gothic style Cathedrals and buildings of that era. Some of the most elaborate of all the past architectural buildings.

Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf
Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf
This first is the Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf. The Gothic Stained Glass Rose Window Scarf is inspired by the architectural features of the Gothic Cathedrals of the past. This sculptural Gothic Stained Glass scarf has an embellished Stained Glass Rose Window which was a prominent feature on Gothic Cathedrals and buildings of that era. Can be worn with or without the brooch.

The brooch is designed with the half the brooch being the view of the Rose Window from the outside looking in the the elaborate tracery of stone and a hint of the colours of stained glass beneath. The other side of the Stained Glass Brooch shows the view of from the inside of the cathedral with the more vibrant colours dancing about and the detailed metal pieces holding the work together. Tracery and elaborate stone features were an exquisite feature of these beautiful works of art. This design is done on a vintage essence base which adds to the overall effect.

Two metal buttons on the scarf are reminiscent of the Quartrefoil shape often seen on the Gothic Inspired Cathedrals and buildings.

Gothic Cathedral Scarf
Gothic Cathedral Scarf
The second scarf is the Gothic Cathedral Scarf and is inspired by the architectural features of the Gothic Cathedrals of the past. This sculptural Gothic Cathedral scarf has an embellished cathedral brooch designed with the pointed arches and crockets often often seen on the great spires used on these amazing cathedrals.

The brooch is in the shape of a cross in retrospect of the usual architectural design of the Gothic cathedrals. Tracery and elaborate stone features were an exquisite feature of these beautiful works of art. This design is done on a vintage essence base which adds to the overall effect.

Two metal buttons on the scarf are reminiscent of the Quartrefoil shape often seen on the Gothic Inspired Cathedrals and buildings.

Vintage Stone Wall Cowl Scarf
Vintage Stone Wall Cowl Scarf
The third scarf is the The Vintage Stone Wall Inspired Scarf and is inspired by the architectural features of the Castles, Cathedrals, Homes and other buildings of the past. This Vintage Stone Wall Cowl scarf gives the essence of the texture and various colours of the elaborate and beautiful stone features, walls and more of the past Architectural buildings.

You can purchase these at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196394737/vintage-stone-wall-inspired-cowl-neutral?ref=listing-shop-header-0
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196393087/gothic-stained-glass-rose-window-scarf?ref=listing-shop-header-1
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/196382250/gothic-cathedral-scarf-architectural?ref=listing-shop-header-2

Perfect to keep you warm and cozy with the hand painted merino wool and accented with two wood buttons that reflect the amazing tracery of stone on these wonderful architectural designs of the past.

This is just the beginning of the Architectural Collection so pop by soon to see what is new…..