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Kate Davies Designs "Allover" Pattern Club Blog

Kate Davies Designs "Allover" Pattern Club Blog

I am delighted to have contributed to the very talented knitwear designer, Kate Davies's blog exploring the history, meanings and practices of colour which is accompanying her latest amazing collection of patterns called Allover.   My blog piece details why I consider my colour choices for each of my designs to be of equal importance to my patterns. If you'd like to read the blog piece, click the link below which will take you to Kate's website. Kate Davies Designs blog  

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Plant Dyeing with the Maiwa School of Textiles

Plant Dyeing with the Maiwa School of Textiles

At the begining of 2022, I started the Maiwa School of Textiles "The Natural Dye Workshop". This online course, which was broken into ten modules with one released per week, seemed like an amazing though challenging opportunity to learn more about plant dyeing. Having started on my plant-using journey when I trained as a medical herbalist like my great grandfather, it seemed like the natural companion to other courses I'd taken over the years with, for example, Jules of Woollenflower and Flora of Plants & Colour. One of the most important things that the course emphasises is to keep good records. Yes, please! I...

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Christmas Crackers!

Christmas Crackers!

Our last online shop of 2022 will be on Friday 18th November at 8pm (Edinburgh time). This early date will hopefully mean that your shopping will be delivered before the Christmas holidays. This will also be the last chance to buy a Woolly bag before March 2023 as there are some exciting changes going on behind the scenes at Woolly Originals! More on that later on in November. And to make things a wee bit more exciting, we'll only be offering pre-wrapped Christmas Crackers which will each contain a mystery Woolly bag, a ball of wool to compliment the outer or inner fabric of your...

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Five Sisters

Five Sisters

Five Sisters, a pyramidal pattern based on the oilshale bings of West Lothian and highlighting the transition from managed landscape to wildlife sanctuary.

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One-Off Designs

One-Off Designs

I recently realised that I had now designed and made quite a number of one-off larger bags, each inspired by a painting either by Joan Eardley or FCB Cadell. I thought it would be interesting to gather together photos of some of these bags in one place! The base fabric of each bag has been individually designed according to the painting though adapted for the size of a larger bag; and then machine knit using either Jamieson's of Shetland Spindrift yarn or Iona Wool weaving yarn. Buttons, ribbons, upcycled fabrics, other brand yarns, embroidery and crochet techniques have been used post-blocking to create an...

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