I know! I have completely gone over the deep end! But, as I was immersing myself in the beautiful world of tatting, I discovered that tatters like to “bling” their shuttles.
Some of my favorite days at work are photo shoot days. Every catalog cycle we log anywhere between 1-4 location shoots and 2-5 in-house studio days where we shoot tools, garments, yarn, books and all sorts of other things that crop up along the way. Each kind of shoot has this moment when everything just clicks and Amy and I can get that “perfect shot” that was exactly what we had in mind. Every once in a while we have a shot that totally exceeds our expectations and makes me actually clap my hands and gasp when I see the image on the screen.
I wanted to take a minute and shine the spotlight on some of my favorite photos that we’ve taken recently that maybe didn’t make it into the catalog or are Independent Designer’s patterns that I’m especially proud of. Enjoy!
Wow! I had an interesting weekend with my balls of Curio and tatting instruction books. My hands might remember the motions for tatting but my mind has certainly filed away the technical understanding way back in a mental file drawer. I’m not looking for excuses for my high learning curve but I have to say the tatting world is a bit complicit.
There’s a lot to be said for a craft that can fit in a pocket. That was certainly the appeal twenty-five years ago when I was doing a lot of hiking and camping.
When I returned to our Vancouver office for the summer, I fell in love with our new crochet thread line – Curio. The colors are absolutely stunning. While I was admiring Curio, Kim mentioned that we had also picked up a tatting shuttle and a couple of instruction books. That certainly got my attention! I couldn’t believe tatting had found its way back into my life.
The first thing that struck me and my coworkers about the Reclaimed collection was how easily it could fit into our respective, varied wardrobes—which for us, means everything from yoga pants to mega-high heels. And isn’t that the true test of a successful handmade garment? Does it pass the “Will I Wear It” bar?
With that in mind, allow me to present nine interpretations of three gorgeous Reclaimed garments, as seen through the eyes—and real wardrobes!—of staffers Heidi (Art Director), Jenny K. (Multimedia Manager) and yours truly (Marketing Manager):
The Calistoga Tunic by Jill Wright
A wide welt sleeve pattern + zippered asymmetrical collar = a classic pullover with an urban bend.
BLANK CANVAS: Heidi says, “When the artistic bug bites, I like to don an outfit that awakens the imagination. Spunky red pants, the asymmetrical Calistoga tunic and a palette of freshly-squeezed paints are just the ticket for afternoons of delightfully messy creations.”
And, I didn’t know it until I saw GlennaC’s latest blog post – Around and Around.
I am absolutely thrilled with this mitten – both the knitting and the result. Thank you SpillyJane!
I didn’t expect the cupcakes to stand out so well as I knit. It was such an incentive to knit one more row of cupcakes. After a bit of steam blocking, the fingerless mitt looked even better.
I have the fastidious skin of a princess, and can’t stand most wool yarn.
That is, until I met City Tweed. The blend of Merino wool and superfine alpaca gives the Donegal tweed a buttery soft texture, while still maintaining its traditional textured appeal.
I’m crocheting a blanket that will be primarily the dark charcoal City Tweed DK Obsidian, with three white stripes of contrast in the center. I can’t help but be transported to misty Scottish Highlands when I think of snuggling beneath this hearty blanket. It makes me hungry for fall: toasty sweaters, crackling fires and steaming hot apple cider!
As you may have noticed in my last crochet post, I’m hard at work on another monstrous crochet project. I’ve taken a break from the wee stitches of doilies and settled in with some repetitive Circled Squares in Chroma!
Finny isn’t the only one who is rather smitten with this afghan-in-progress. My other little guy has been seeking out any part of it – loose squares and all – to nestle in to. But most of the time it’s draped across the couch – I’m already using it, even though it’s not even halfway assembled yet!