New Architectural Designs photo page

Architectural Designs by Valerie Baber

Added a new photo page on my Blog with various pictures of my Architectural adventures over the years with fibre. I had the honour of designing for various galleries which often included my architectural pieces some shown here. My love for architecture began while taking Interior Design. Since then it has been a passion for me to create designs with knitting and crochet that are inspired by the amazing artists, designers, architects and all the people involved in making such extraordinary buildings of the past. This is a small sample of the many designs I have created with an architectural theme. You can link to the page below that shows more of my architectural designs.

Architectural Designs – Valerie Baber Designs

I hope to pattern some of these designs and other crochet patterns with an architectural essence this year. A wonderful customer has recently sent me various photos of beautiful cathedrals etc. in France and I am looking forward to using them for a new architectural inspiration and creating a new crochet pattern from these wonderful photos. Thank you Marie for sending them to me. I really appreciate it! It is great having photos from your travels instead of relying on the internet. Here are a few of the inspiring photos below:

One day I hope to travel to France and other European locations. Fun fact: We do have a small piece of France on the East Coast of Canada! It is a French Territory. You can read more on these links below.

St Pierre & Miquelon – Current French Territories In North America – WorldAtlas

Top Tips for a Visit to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (newfoundlandlabrador.com)

Enjoy the inspiration in your life today. You never know where it will come from. Perhaps someone who lives in another country will help direct you in your newest adventure like my renewed inspiration to design architectural crochet pieces because a customer was so kind to share their travel photos with me. I can’t wait to begin designing with these photos and other architectural features from buildings of the past.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Have a fibertastic day!

Artist of the Month…Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette

Artist of the Month
Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month…Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette.  Thank you both so very much for asking me to be a part of this great series at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette.  I am honoured that you have chosen me to be a part of this amazing community of wonderful Artists.  Thank you Scott Hayes of the St. Albert Gazette for such a wonderful article on my designs and my design process.  You have a great way of expressing in written words what the Artist is about and more.  Thanks so much for all your hard work and fantastic article.  You can view this article on page 51 of the St. Albert Gazette E edition here: www.stalbertgazette.com PDF  st albert gazette1

You can purchase these designs in the pictures on the article and many others at the http://www.artgalleryofstalbert.ca (Art Gallery of St. Albert) as well as many other creations made by local Artists.  Thanks too for the wonderful pictures in the article above.

Thank you also to all my customers who have purchase my designs in the past and in the future.  You are the ones who inspire me the most to create new and exciting designs.  I am working on more new styles for fall including more architectural pieces as well as more sculptural designs.  Check back often to see what I am working on next.

Most of all be inspired by your surroundings everyday and look around you to see what you can view in a different light today.  Thanks again to all of you and have the most wonderful day!

You can view more designs on http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or my website at http://www.vbaberdesigns.com

West Coast Inspiration…Embellished broches.

West Coast Broches
West Coast Broches

West Coast Inspiration…embellished broches from my visit this past summer.  One of my very favourite places to visit as noted previously is the West Coast.  In my travels there this year I visited several amazing knitting stores such as the Beehive Wool Shop where I found some amazing Canadian dyed yarns.  Here is the outcome of some of these yarns I discovered.

These broches will accompany my various Calming Waters scarves and shawl as well as other Designs this Fall and Winter.  I used a variety of yarns for each broche trying to keep a bit of Canadian on each one.

Tide Pool Embellished Broche
Tide Pool Embellished Broche

This is the Tide Pool broche, made with Alberta Made Alpaca in the sand colour base from www.albertarosealpacas.com The purple starfish are often seen in the Vancouver and Victoria tide pools and on the rocks by the shore.  The Beach Stone and Seaweed are also strewn amongst the tide pools along the beach.  The Seaweed is done in beautiful yarn by www.ancientartsfibre.com with the stones being made in Rowan Felted Tweed www.knitrowan.com

 

Beach Stone Embellished Broche
Beach Stone Embellished Broche

The Beach Stone Broche is a combination of the sand with beach stones and the various plant life and seaweed that are placed around by the strength of the waves.  Bringing fond memories of walking along the beach with sand between your toes listening to the sounds of the water on a wonderful sunny day.  I used Ancient Arts Fibre yarn in this design as well adding a bit of Alberta to the design for another Canadian touch.

The Coral Reef broche is full of different types of coral with a starfish hiding amongst it.  The vibrant colours are seen in coral that dances along the bottom of the ocean

Coral Reef Embellished Broche
Coral Reef Embellished Broche

with surprises like the starfish nestled within.  I was inspired to make coral by the Zen Garden yarn from www.zenyarngarden.com as the colours spoke of coral and other wonderful colours in the ocean life.

The last broche is the Grouse Mountain Broche that was inspired by the yarn from www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com in their Grouse Mountain Colour way.  I embellished this broche with a mountain range in the back, stones and rock in the centre and surrounded by the beautiful trees of Grouse Mountain and the Cedars around the area.  For those who don’t know Sweet Georgia Yarns is a Vancouver Company, which is very fitting for the design.

Mountain Range Broche
Mountain Range Broche

This venture was truly enjoyable.  Designing some of my favourite memories and sights on my trip is a great way to record what I did and saw.  I am already looking forward to my next travel adventure.  You can view some of the scarves and the shawl below in the links.

Have an inspiring week!

 

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163633495/calming-waters-shawl-shrug-in-hand?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163618705/calming-waters-scarf-in-hand-painted?ref=listing-shop-header-1

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