Elegant Rose X Long scarf

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The Elegant Rose Scarf is now in an X – Long Style available as a finished handmade scarf and a Crochet Pattern so you can make your own.  I also carry the SweetGeorgia Super Wash Worsted weight yarn this lovely scarf is designed and made with.  You can use most worsted weight yarns to make this elegant scarf.  Available at:

www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

www.valeriebaberdesign.com

Patterns are also available on Ravelry at:  www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/valerie-baber-designs-ravelry-store/patterns

Other pieces to match are also available as shown here:

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The Elegant Rose hat pattern and finished handmade hat is coming soon.  You can now purchase many of these designs at the www.albertacraft.ab.ca locally in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Christmas Rose Scarves

Christmas Rose scarves add that special touch to the holidays and can be worn after as well.  I wanted to add a special scarf with hand warmers coming later this week to add a Christmas Cheer to your day.  I love Christmas as my mother always made is such a special time of year so I felt it fitting to add the roses from her Rose Onie Scarves I designed in memory of her.  She was the most incredible woman I have ever met and I was extremely fortunate that she was my mom!!  I miss and love you mom!  At Christmas it always feel like she is here with us as we continue many of the Christmas moments she began and enjoy the wonderful memories of the past while making new ones along the way.  Take the time this year to love those around you and spend time with them.  They are the ones that matter the most and truly the best gifts you will ever receive!

Available at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

ArtWalk St. Albert…Pop by to see my latest designs and more

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I will be at the ArtWalk Street Party June 4th in St. Albert, Alberta so pop by for this great event with local Artist, buskers, music and more.  This Street Party is the kick off the St. Albert ArtWalk for 2015.  I will have a collection of some of my newest designs and the classics such as the Rose Onie Scarf.  Pop by for a great evening perfect for starting off your Summer fun!

See more on their website here:   http://www.artwalkstalbert.com

You can check out my latest designs that I am updating weekly so pop by my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

Here are a few pictures to tease you with of designs I have recently finished new for 2015.

Hope to see you there and have a fabulous day!!

A Rosy Day…New Rose Onie Infinity scarves

A Rosy Day…New Rose Onie Infinity Scarves perfect to accent your wardrobe throughout the year.  Wear this 2 scarf combo together as shown in the first picture for a fuller more dramatic, yet elegant touch to your wardrobe.  You can also wear the 2 scarves separately as shown in the other pictures as well the smaller rose accent scarf is also available separately on my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com where you will find many of my most current designs.  The Rose Onie Infinity scarf can be used to accent your favourite shirt, t shirt, sweater, coat or dress up an outfit for an elegant and unique touch to your wardrobe.

Other colours are also available including purple, teal, orange, beige, darker grey and more to come.  You can also purchase many of my designs locally in Edmonton, Alberta Canada at the Alberta Craft Council at http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca or in St. Albert, Alberta Canada at the Art Gallery of St. Albert at http://www.artgalleryofstalbert.ca

Each one is made with hand painted merino wool with some of the designs including a special yarn added that may include silk, cashmere, other hand painted merino wool’s and more to add a special touch to this design.  Check out  my website for more designs and where I sell my work and more.  Off to be inspired by something new today.  Have a wonderful day!!

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

GREAT GIVEAWAY…with Author Deanna Raybourn

The Great Giveaway is with Author Deanna Raybourn!   THE WINNER OF TODAY’S GIVEAWAY WILL WIN THE JASMINE-ROSE HAND WARMERS AND A SIGNED ARC OF CITY OF JASMINE! (Please note: Valerie photographed the hand warmers with a copy of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, but you’ll be entered to win the NEW release, CITY OF JASMINE.)

Contest closes on Friday February 14th, at 6:00 pm Eastern Time.  Be sure to enter often and don’t forget to register your entry as noted below.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Contest is open to residents of US/Canada only.

2. Contest will be open until Friday, Feb 14, 6pm eastern.

3. You can enter by retweeting our tweets about the contest, following us on twitter, sharing our FB posts about the contest, liking our FB pages.

4. Once you have entered, you must register your entry by commenting on Deanna Raybourn’s blog http://deannaraybourn.com/blog/  Winners will be chosen from those who have registered by commenting on Deanna Raybourn’s blog.  This way all entries are located in one place for the draw.  See links below to enter. ENTRIES CANNOT BE COUNTED UNLESS YOU HAVE LEFT A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG LETTING US KNOW HOW YOU ENTERED. Do forgive the aggressive caps lock, but I want to make sure you see that part!

5. Comments here are in moderation, so please don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your comment appear immediately. I will be approving them in batches and all comments will eventually appear.

THAT’S IT! Below are the links to our FB and Twitter accounts, as well as Deanna Raybourn’s site, lots of great information about Deanna Raybourn and her newest book “City of Jasmine” below.

Deanna Raybourn:

Website: http://www.deannaraybourn.com/

Blog: http://deannaraybourn.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deannaraybourn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deannaraybournauthor

Valerie Baber Designs:

Website: http://vbaberdesigns.com/, www.intricateknits.etsy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valerie-Baber-Designs/305306129537702

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vbaberdesigns

Blog: https://intricateknits.wordpress.com/

Deanna Raybourn:

Deanna Raybourn
Deanna Raybourn

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna’s novel Silent in the Grave won the RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, four additional RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Dark Road to Darjeeling was also a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery as well as a Romantic Reviews’ finalist for Best Book. Her latest novel, A Spear of Summer Grass, chronicles the adventures of a scandalous flapper in 1920s Kenya. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her next release, City of Jasmine—a 1920s adventure novel—will be released March, 2014.

CITY OF JASMINE, by Deanna Raybourn

Set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger, and a love beyond all reason.

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amidst the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel that brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric and elderly Aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artefact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history. Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change their destiny forever…

Deanna Raybourn is a seasoned Author and one of my  new favourites.  I can’t wait to read her newest book “City of Jasmine”.  I previously shared on my blog that Deanna also creates with yarn.  She loves both knitting and crocheting.  I took the opportunity to ask her more about her fibre passion.  You can read more on my blog at https://intricateknits.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/great-giveawaywith-a-mystery-author/  I was honoured when Deanna asked me to be a part of this Great Giveaway, thanks Deanna!

The Deanna Jasmine Rose hand warmers were designed to match the scarf I designed for Deanna Raybourn see this blog posting for more information:  https://intricateknits.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/treasured-friends-update-and-giveaway-prelude/  (the Deanna Jasmine Rose hand warmers are available  at https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/179183768/deanna-jasmine-rose-fingerless-gloves?ref=shop_home_active_1)

Spring Forward…Window Display

Heart Flowers
Heart Flowers

Spring Forward Window Display at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.  I was recently asked by the Art Gallery of St. Albert to design a fun and bold window display to warm the cold days of February.  My thoughts started flowing and I immediately began thinking of ideas that could incorporate both the Valentines theme that warms our hearts and the warmth of the coming Spring.  With that in mind I chose to work with a colour palette of reds, whites, pinks and purples to make enhance the warmth in the over all theme of the display.  Spring forward as the theme, I began working of flowers picking roses as my main flower since they are one of my favourites and often the chosen flower for Valentines day.  Wanting to incorporate hearts in the theme, but not so obvious, I started making a variety of large hearts then placing 5 together to form the petals of a flower with the centre being a rose bringing the connection of a Valentines theme and Spring Forward together.

Spring Forward Display
Spring Forward Display
Spring Forward Display
Spring Forward Display

These pictures are just the prelude to the window display.  They will be hanging on scarflette vines made with various specialty yarns such as hand spun yarn, hand painted merino wool, beaded and sequins silk, kid mohair and on some a crushed pearl yarn.  The roses and large flowers are made with a variety of yarns including hand painted merino wool and other fibres.  I will be setting up the window display soon and will have pictures of the final product next week.  I have to say it has been a great time designing on a very large scale, a true enjoyment!

Consider taking your next design project “out of the box” and do something completely different.  It really makes the creativity run wild and free and oh so enjoyable.  Thanks to the Art Gallery of St. Albert http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/ for asking me to be a part of warming up the cold Winter days and SPRING FORWARD…

Rose R… The Rose Onie Scarf

Rose Onie Collection
Rose Onie Collection

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.

Rose Onie Collection
Rose Onie Collection

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!

You can see more pictures below or at this link www.intricateknits.etsy.com or my website at www.vbaberdesigns.com

Have a fantastic day!

The Rose Onie Collection is available in Ivory, Silver Grey, Grey, Black, Red or any combination of these colours from two toned to a single coloured scarf or other piece in the collection.

Rose Onie Scarf
Rose Onie Scarf

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Rose Onie Fingerless Gloves
Rose Onie Fingerless Gloves