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Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang.

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

For my monthly knitwear inspiration I would love to introduce you to Shuying Wang. I have been following her journey in exploring knit textiles for several months now and she just keeps surprising me with her vision and approach to knitwear.

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Shuying is still at that stage where she is freely experimenting with the fabric, and personally this is my favorite time to watch a new artist – when he/she is not restrained with any concept yet and is just exploring the endless possibilities of knit fabric.

True to her concept, Shuying has chosen to take the knitted textiles pathway to give her the freedom to fully explore fabric construction and allow any garments and products to emerge organically from this.

 

SHUYING combines knitted and woven structures, in natural superfine cashmere with synthetic monofilament and celluloid fibres. Through her exploration of structure and combining opposing fibres, Shuying seeks to ingrain human identity into her fabrics. The outcome is a dishevelled elegance in a refreshing colour palette that both comforts and unsettles.

 

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

All photos are courtesy of shuyingwang.org and Shuying Wang Instagram

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Next Wednesday I am going to share with you a new sweater pattern, so looking forward to it! You still have time to enter the giveaway!


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By | 2018-07-15T09:01:16+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|5 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Alex Pengelly.

Knitwear Inspiration

The knitwear inspiration of the month is a designer Alex Pengelly, who got her Bachelor degree in textiles and knitwear design more than 8 years ago and since then evolved as the artist and a creator in many ways.

Alex was a Digital Textiles Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and worked as a freelance designer for several years.

Challenging preconceived notions of knitting, her fabrics are created by hand fusing the artisanal skill of contemporary craft with a directional edge.

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

Mixing mohair, angora, silk and innovative steel yarns, the collection combines feminine textures with structural layering. Featuring hand embroidery and technical hand inlay techniques the interchangeable pieces infuse the everyday wardrobe with a sense of luxury.

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

I have a passionate interest in designing innovative knitted materials for the body. I am fascinated by the structural possibilities offered by knitted materials and enjoy exploring new methods of design development and construction.” – Alex Pengelly

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

In October 2015 Alex joined Nike team as a knit designer.  It is amazing how much knit design actually goes into the process of creating the sportswear. I highly recommend reading the interview with Jessica Lomax, Nike’s senior tech knit designer and get the behind the scenes look at how the tech knit design team is working to create Nike collections, pretty fascinating!

Knitwear Inspiration

Photo: NIKE

I hope you enjoyed this little read and inspired to pick up your knitting! Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-06-13T08:19:46+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Scarlett Mae Adams.

Knitwear Fashion

This month I decided to bring back one of my favorite features on the blog – Knitwear Inspiration. Technically I’ve never stopped hunting for new knitwear designers and ideas and realized that I have bookmarked so many of them that it is worth sharing it here monthly – maybe you will also pick up some techniques and shapes knitwear industry comes up with.

Today’s crafter is Scarlett Mae Adams, she is not an established “official” designer yet, but she is a fascinating knitwear student who is definitely will bring something innovative to the industry.

Knitwear Fashion

Knitwear students usually work with creating textiles first before turning them into the garments and they have an absolute freedom experimenting with stitches, shapes and forms. One of the latest Scarlett’s projects is called Forms of the Body where she is exploring different techniques to create volume and texture of the knit fabric.

Knitwear Fashion

I love her approach of using every tool in her box, literally and figuratively, by combining basic stitches with more advanced techniques and playing with tension and yarn weights.

Knitwear Fashion

The result is the unique textiles that later can be interpreted in the garments. It is once again fascinating to see how vast the knitting world is and how amazingly flexible the knit textiles are.

Knitwear Fashion

All photos are courtesy of @scarlett.mae.adams

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you next week!


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By | 2018-04-02T07:45:35+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|7 Comments

Work and Knitting Inspiration

Happy weekend! Taking more than a week long break from blogging always seems like an eternity to me – I am so used to this place. Happy to be back! Hope you had a great productive week!

My day job right now is something completely different from what I used to do – I am creating the content for the website of one of the local boutiques that carries the most amazing pieces that I’ve ever seen in real life. I am very grateful for this opportunity – I’m learning so much about designers from all over the world – Mexico, USA, Australia, Europe; and I am surrounded by beautiful fabrics, textures and colors every day at work!

As soon as I started working there, I fell in love with few knitwear pieces. As you know I love researching about knitwear designers, read their brands’ behind-the-scenes stories and get inspired by unusual knitwear pieces. I was thrilled to discover an amazing designer, previously unknown to me and not just admire her work through the screen of the computer, but actually touch the pieces and see every single little detail. I’m happy to share it with you here today!

Tabula Rasa is a New York fashion brand created by Emily Diamandis in 2013. Emily’s main passion is textiles and each piece created by her brand starts with the yarn and the stitch. “Every knit has a story, every knit has a history” – I couldn’t agree more!

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Photo: tabularasa-ny.com

The brand celebrates both contemporary and traditional craftsmanship; knits exude textural complexity through the layering of advanced techniques, and intricate stitches reference century-old fabrics sourced from around the globe. Each distinct garment is designed in a 2-step process whereby a textile is artfully created by hand from novelty yarns and tapes before it is constructed into a final silhouette.

FINO boutique carries the brand’s beautiful knitwear and I would like to share with you some of the pieces. For me it was important to catch the details and you can see the whole piece on the brand’s website.

Anat Jacket is a hand made wonder, created using macrame techniques.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Made with Italian cotton, the piece features beautiful interwoven patterns and colorwork.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

The new collection brought fun summer pieces made in linen and cotton yarns. Haze Play top is one of my most favorite items with its cropped shape, beautiful open lace knit back and asymmetric diagonal lines, which remind me of my own Heritage sweater.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Just look at the mix of textures and stitch patterns!

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

The most unusual piece in the new collection is Loon Wide-Leg Pant. I’ve never made a knit pant, so for me it is really intriguing to see the construction of the piece and all its beautiful open knit pattern. The most striking detail is the hand crocheted bird applique that makes the piece unique.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

And, as you know, I have a soft spot for knit dresses. Simple open knit ladder stitch fabric was turned into a very unusual summer dress – Haze Wrap. Gorgeous texture…

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

I hope you enjoyed this little “details tour” and are inspired to pick up your yarn this weekend!

I have some fun staff coming during next couple of weeks, so I’ll see you soon!!!


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By | 2017-05-20T06:17:26+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration|4 Comments

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2016/17.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Sweater by Chloé

This is my last knitwear review from Fall/Winter ’17/18. It’s been an amazing creative exercise for me to get to know so many ways of working with color, construction and fibers. In each piece I’ve found some details that I will try to explore and interpret in my own way in my knitting projects. Today I am sharing with you knitwear pieces from Paris.

Chanel showed basic sweaters and crochet+knitting+embellishment dress of classic shape.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Chanel

Sonia Rykiel presented a pretty big collection of outwear and sweaters with patchwork, inside out fair isle, asymmetric hems, lace and cables.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Sonia Rykiel

Chunky, oversize and exaggerated colorful sweaters from Balenciaga and Paul & Joe will definitely keep you warm.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Balenciaga and Paul & Joe

Textile performance by Undercover where fabric plays the main role. It is quiet amazing to see how knitting can take pretty much any shape! The designer wanted to let his creativity flow freely and present the utopia world where there is no judgement and where “everybody would be equal”.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Undercover

Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon showed cozy, loose and drapey sweaters, dresses, skirts and even pants.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon

Color was presented in form of intarsia, fair isle (note how the designer is interrupting the classic fair isle motif with the letters running along the yoke) ans stripes (this cozy, light mohair sweater would be my ideal stay-home-all-weekend sweater).

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Isabel Marant, Loewe and Chloé

Unusual techniques – crochet bobble stripes, dropped stitches, gradient transition from knit to fabric. The last one is especially fascinating to watch – fair isle is gradually mixing in with light polka dot fabric and inch by inch changes into light skirt. If you are like me obsessed with exploring every single detail of the fabric, here are the links to high resolution photos that you can zoom in to see all the techniques up close – crochet cardigan and sweater-dress.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Loewe and Nehera

Basics always find their way into each season, there hasn’t been anything better invented yet.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Atlein, Paco Rabanne and Dries Van Noten

Dior created beautiful gradient shades of deep blue and textures. You can see more details how the bobbles form the pattern here, make sure to zoom in – bobble sweater.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Dior

This weekend I watched the documentary “Dior and I” about the behind the scenes process of creating collections. Though the movie is mostly about the creative director of the house, I fell absolutely in love with people in Dior’s atelier, who actually bring the ideas to life. I was amazed by their knowledge and skills, passion for textiles and fabric, and a great love for their craft. I especially found it fascinating that most of the crafters there have been working in atelier for decades, I only dream to have their skills one day!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.fr


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By | 2018-01-23T10:55:46+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|22 Comments

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017/18.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Sweater and cardigan by Laura Biagiotti

Designers at Milan fashion week didn’t disappoint – I’ve found 100+ knitwear pieces! All of them different and interesting in their own way. It was hard to choose the pieces for this review, I tried to group them and filter out the tendencies that seem to prevail.

Cropped sweaters. Cropped shapes with bell sleeves and very tight ribbing at the waist appeared in many collections in different interpretations – classic and elaborate stitches, bright and neutral colors, textured and plain fabric. They look quiet dramatic and remind me of 80’s  in some way.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Aquilano Rimondi, Les Copains, Fay

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Philosophy di Lorenzo and Elisabetta Franchi

Back to Black. Though knitting with black yarn isn’t that fun, the result is definitely worth it – it will probably become the most versatile and wearable sweater in your wardrobe. Seems like oversize sweaters are still ruling the knitwear world and it is easy to understand – they are so comfy and cozy to snuggle in!

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Les Copains and Krizia

Color was presented in all forms and shapes – stripes, intarsia, graphics, patchwork…

Missoni, known for its amazing work with color (just remember their famous chevron colorful patterns!), presented a knitwear collection that is bursting with color! There are dozens of knitwear pieces – sweaters, skirts, dresses, pants. If you are interested to see all of them, you can find the photo report here.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Missoni

Stripes never get old. I absolutely loved how Les Copains added contrasting color blocks to classic navy/white stripes. Alberta Ferretti makes the stripes gradually grow wider that creates unusual visual effect.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Les Copains and Alberta Ferretti

Graphics. Rhombus shapes by Versace are achieved by intarsia and sparkly embellishment over the finished sweater. Philosophy di Lorenzo created a beautiful blue/black contrasting piece – I never thought that I would like such a sharp color contrast in knit garment, but this one looks pretty harmonious.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Versace and Philosophy di Lorenzo

Intarsia. Designers are “drawing” with knit stitches all kinds of shapes and pictures! One angle intarsia looks so beautiful, but will be so hard to achieve – the body and the sleeve have to be perfectly aligned.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Krizia and Tods

Next three intarsia pieces are absolutely exquisite! The first grey sweater with the beautiful motifs on the folded collar is just stunning! The beach scene intarsia is a a piece of art to me – it is so hard to “translate” a picture into knit stitches. I would wear the last sweater every single day – I loved how fuzzy yarn created the blurred affect, looks like  beautiful oil painting…

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Stella Jean, N21 and Alberta Ferretti

Messy Intarsia. When you don’t feel like weaving in ends… 🙂

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Cristiano Burani and Laura Biagiotti

Embellishments. More and more designers mix embroidery with different materials on the knit fabric to add extra texture and sparkle.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Laura Biagiotti and Prada

Neutral Basics. My favorite trend 🙂 Classic, cozy, timeless pieces – knitwear at its best!

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Laura Biagiotti

Basics with the twist. Traditional stitches, neutral conservative colors and unusual cut. The poncho-sweater is such a great alternative to a heavy coat.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Jil Sander and Les Copains

That’s it for Milan’s knitwear review. So far it’s been my favorite collection of knits, we’ll see what Paris has to show next week.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.it


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By | 2017-09-28T08:32:26+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|15 Comments
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