Thursday, 17 November 2011

hand knitting in full swing

Hand knitting is as old as the hills however it's now making
a tenacious comeback: actually at the turn of the 21st century
knitting is the new buzz word, amazing new techniques 
and exciting new yarns are introduced by the season
(see previous posts filed under 'knitwear trends') 
while specialized trade fairs and new shops 
are mushrooming all over Europe.

In England the UKHKA, UK Hand Knitting Association, was
formed in 1991 to raise the profile of hand knitting through
classes held throughout the UK, knitting and sewing shows
and a full-fledged website, a real ”knitty-pedia of all things
hand knitting and crochet” full of news, patterns, resources
(even the quick-witted 'Men who knit' section), lists of
exhibitions and competitions as the yearly Knitted Textile
Award co-sponsored by UKHKA and Knitting Magazine
won hands down by Katie Jones.

Katie is a talented London-based knitwear designer 
who graduated in fashion design with knitwear from CSM
earlier this year yet with a remarkable work experience
with John Galliano, Diane von Fürstenberg and Mark
Fast (she realized amazing ecru crochet dresses 
for his s/s 2012 collection, though).

Skillfully juxtaposing her unique slant on the traditional
English craft techniques she learnt from her family with
influence from Native American textile designs, strictly the
Zuni myth of Utset, or the First Mother, she made eye-catching
handcrafted pieces: the garments embody Goddes Utset’s
procession from the old world unto the new with bold,
dramatic silhouettes and breathtaking 
crochet and embroidery works.

> all images © Katie Jones' website <

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