I love to give my customers as much choice as I can to offer them a unique item to them. But sometimes I offer so many choices I make it more complicated for myself and the customer! So for my new fair isle range I decided to focus on one pattern for now, Chevron, and have a wide selection of colour combos.
I love statement pieces but I have learnt from selling direct to the public over the years that even though statement pieces attract a lot of positive attention lots of people don’t have the confidence to wear them. So with the chevron design I wanted it be easy to wear but also a little bit quirky so I started to looking at adding strips of another colour.
I am always looking at colourful and patterned images to use for inspiration for punch card designs. As you are restricted to a grid and 24 repeat pattern on a punch card I am instanly drawn to geometric patterns.
Via House of Fabric
via Eco & Elsie
I noticed that I kept being drawn to chevron patterns so started to look at how people use this pattern and colours in their life
via Lou Lou Bean Boutique
via Fashion gone rogue
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I decided I would start a blog to help show my followers my design process and inspiration. I have recently released a new range which has gone away from the textural pieces I have done in the past and instead I am looking at clean lines, pattern and colours. I am still however very focused on the functionality of products. I like to design items that are stylish and functional.
My interest in pattern began when I started to experiment with fair isle and very quickly found that once set up it is an easy way to add colour and pattern to fabrics.
To design fair isle patterns I begin by working on a grid to create 24 stitch repeat patterns
These patterns are then transferred on to a 24 stitch punch card which is then fed into the knitting machine for it to read.
After the punch card has been set up in the machine it will read the pattern as you move the hand powered carriage to create fabric like this