Couture Knitting (and tattoos), Scotland: Di Gilpin

Di Gilpin, a self-taught knitting designer in Scotland, speaks in this video about her collaboration with couture designers, including her shrug inspired by the White Witch in “the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – and the tattoes of a Russian warrior princess.  As she points out, with a lacey knit worn over bare skin, the effect is of tattoes on the skin.

Watch from 90 minutes in. (It’s a long vlogcast).

(The video is by the knitting vlog, Fruity Knitting)

As well as knitting a grey shrug to mimic tattoes, Di also designed a featured full-length, red knitted ballgown, with a tabard full of Scottish symbols “Including a lovely Continue reading “Couture Knitting (and tattoos), Scotland: Di Gilpin”

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Colour, textiles, art – Sheila Hicks

I’ve already posted an article on Sheila Hicks earlier in 2017, but I just came across fresh evidence of her adventurous colour palette and soft touchy-feely art.  There’s a playful inviting fun in her Venice Biennale giant pompoms – see this 3 minute video:   and her simple but gorgeous wall piece in a formal company meeting room: As you approach the work, you begin to … Continue reading Colour, textiles, art – Sheila Hicks

Time travel to Jane Austen – the Fashion Museum, Bath

The museum setting includes the Assembly Rooms in Bath – which often occur in scenes of Jane Austen novels.  At the same time, you can view the typical outfits which would have been worn at that time, in the museum. Bonuses also include: First Saturday of each month 10-30-12.30     Sketching morning (free with museum ticket – sktechbook and pencil supplied) Second Saturday of month … Continue reading Time travel to Jane Austen – the Fashion Museum, Bath

Tapestry kits – sew there!

I have a few of these tapestry kits still to do – well, one nearly finished, and two to, em, completely start.  But as they are kits, all the material and the wool to cover it is there.  Right there, ready for me. So I really don’t need another kit.  Like this one I’ve just spotted – dang! “Fireworks” by Sholto Dumlanrig  (this pic even … Continue reading Tapestry kits – sew there!