Contemporary Victorian scarf in Hand Painted merino wool, Lace scarf with an angled essence, Architectural inspired design. Architectural inspired scarf by Valerie Baber Designs is inspired by the architectural features of the buildings of the past from the beautiful stone tracery and frieze on buildings especially from the Gothic style era. This one has an angular essence to the design and is made in beautiful yarns from http://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com with a lovely hand painted merino wool.
You can wear this design placed in various ways depending on the look you want as shown. Perfect to accent your favorite t shirt, sweater, shirt or coat. A great addition to any wardrobe as a scarf or an accent piece.
My inspiration for the Asymmetrical Angles Scarf was a scarf I designed for the Opera Art Project with the Edmonton Opera (www.edmontonopera.com) and the Alberta Craft Council Gallery (www.albertacraft.ab.ca). It was based on the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera, a Victorian Steampunk inspired opera. You can soften the look by changing the colours of the yarns to ivory or a pastel colour or strengthen the Steampunk essence by using black, greys, sepia tones or red. Make them in a cool cotton for the warmer days and add the warmth of merino wool or other fibres in cooler days. I hope you enjoy knitting this design.
The Asymmetrical Angles Scarf pattern has an eclectic feel to the design with a Victorian Steampunk Essence in the Asymmetry. It was popular in this era to add found objects to your clothing as shown in the various clasps I used to accent the scarf. Add 3 clasps to strengthen the look.
The Asymmetrical Angles Scarf Knitting Pattern can be worn with the clasps at the front or to the side for a slightly different look and warmth. I used a 2 strand method to knit this scarf with 2 different worsted weight yarns. (Malabrigo Worsted Merino and Malabrigo Rios hand painted merino wool). You can use most worsted weight yarns including cotton and other fibres.
I am continuing to pattern various designs of my previous work and new designs that will include crochet patterns down the road. Be sure to come back soon to see the latest. I am also working on new pieces of my finished accessories for Fall. Hard to believe when Spring hasn’t technically come here yet. The morning began with -13. Not very Spring like and I am looking forward to the warmer days ahead.
Warm up your winter day with these new wonderfully soft Chunky knit Rose Onie scarves. A smaller version of my Rose Onie scarf collection with a chunkier super soft hand painted merino wool. These colours are so vibrant they alone brighten and warm a cool day. Here are some of the new colours I have added with a simple hat (that can be embellished with roses too) and some hand warmers to complete the set. This is my favourite scarf I have designed since I designed it in memory of my amazing mother, Onie. Christmas was her favourite time of year, she made it so special every year! I treasure all the wonderful memories she instilled in our family and love instilling the same traditions she did with my own family.
I have some other new designs I will blog about later on and a “crocheted garland” project. I have been trying to come up with Asthma friendly decorations that can look fabulous, but can be washed up and kept dust mite free and toxin free for next year. I had to rid the house of many of my decorations as I finally realized they were causing me serious asthma issues every Christmas, which magically disappeared with in a day of putting everything away. Stay tuned to see what I design for my crocheted garland, or at least the beginnings of this project. There are so many things that inspires me for this Garland project. Can’t wait to start…
You can see more colours below and link to my Etsy store or website here:
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.
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