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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Berlinknits Sweater

I finished the Berlinknits Sweater by Isabell Kraemer before I went to Florence.
I may have to make another, it's so warm and comfy - no seams -  but lightweight.

Knit in Jamieson's Spindrift with a bit of Kauni I bought in Copenhagen about 10 years ago,
 before it was even a thing.

This pattern has German short rows,
 I'm a big fan of short rows - sock heel and toe - but had never done this type before,
my new favourite.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Vintage Florals

I love a good bit of vintage floral fabric and I found a fair bit at the Textile Society Fair in March. 

I got some fabulous pristine unused bark cloth,

some bark cloth curtains - now up in my studio,

more pristine bark cloth in a deep red

and some pristine linen.  
I will confess I've already cut in to the green for a holiday tote that served us well, 
it can be spotted in the previous post on a train trip to Prato.

What I've been desperate to do is get some more of it made up though.

I've just listed this on Etsy.

Vintage Sanderson linen.

Handmade, every raw edge bound, corners mitred.


We took to the Tuscan Hills for Easter,
we've not been before but will be going back soon.

We took a train to Prato to the Museo del Tessuto, what a treat.

This place was recommended by our guide and I don't think we would have been aware of it without her advice.  Beautiful costume and magnificent machinery for anyone remotely interested in textiles, I learned a lot.

The best gelato in town was on the other side of this bridge, 
needless to say we crossed it every day we were in town.

The Museo di Palazzo Davanzati was another recommendation we would have missed 
and it was one of our favourite places in Florence.
The interior decoration was exquisite.

Lucca by Jared Flood is almost done,  the border is taking as long as the main part of the shawl.
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was an excellent accompaniment to the many charts, beautifully written by Joanna Canon and superbly read by Paula Wilcox.

The Uffizi was a big let down due to a couple of extremely large Japanese tour groups, I can't imagine they'll ever look at those millions of photos again and they just dominated the more popular exhibits.  If you are looking for some good art in Florence there are better places to find it.

I seemed to only be interested in the paintings with interesting textiles.  Madonna and Child with five angels, 'Madonna of the Magnificat', Botticelli circa 1483.  Leonardo da Vinci under direction of Andrea di Cione detto, The Baptism of Christ, 1470 - 1475.  

We always like to wander the backstreets, you never know what treasures you will discover.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Liberty Linden

Liberty sweatshirt/fleece fabric that I got from Goldhawk Road a few weeks ago,
£20/m rather than £50!
Linden by Grainline Studio.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Hand Spun

I am lucky enough to know many good spinners, 
they are excellent people for a knitter to know.

I knit this up from some hand spun from my friend Chris.  I had a few skeins and no idea of a pattern but a rough idea of what I wanted.   I just worked out my gauge and then with a provisional cast-on did a couple of rectangles - the back longer than the front - sewed them up, added a few rows to bring the neck line together and then picked up the provisional cast-on and knit down for half a dozen rows.  at the bottom.  Very basic but just what I was aiming for and of course being from the hands of a very clever spinner it is extremely light for the amount of warmth it traps.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Going For Gold

 I couldn't resist this print.

In Copenhagen at Christmas I made my people walk miles to a good fabric shop - I.T.A Textiles - they were rewarded with a comfy sofa while I managed to find some Chanel wool.

I have been desperate to cut into this for a Lotta Jansdotter Pilvi of course.
This time I think I'll leave it unlined so that the two sides of the weave can be admired.

Now I just have to go somewhere nice to wear it, or not!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Monster Totes

I had a trip to the Textile Society Fair a few weeks ago and took only one bag
 - my prototype - I was thinking that when it was full I would be done. 
 My plan worked perfectly and when I weighed in it was a whopping 14.5kg,
 I did have to stop a few times on my way back to my car for a breather!

Now over on Etsy.

Blockbusters, velvet and linen, also on Etsy.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The Versatility Of The Cross Back Pinny

I've just put some new aprons in to my Etsy shop.

I've made some small ones that I can squeeze in to,
but I think they look better on my petite assistant.

Here we are modelling the same pinny 
 - a 1930's pure cotton bark cloth -
just to show how accommodating they are.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

A Little Bespokery

Got to get back to some pinny making this week.
This tiny aubergine brushed cotton drill has left for its new home already. 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Harris Tweed on Etsy

I love a good selvedge.

Or maybe a pencil case?

 Perfect for essentials.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Three Bags Full

A little bit of massive tote making has been happening lately.
  Mine is the grey pure heavy linen and vintage barkcloth.

A few of the others have gone off today to Two Doors Studio.