Over the last year there have been so many fantastic books that have landed on my desk – there is certainly no lack of creativity out there. I thought I would share some of my favourites here.
If you are a lover of Fair Isle and colour, you are going to love Colour Moves by Claudia Fiocchetti from KDD&Co under their Make//Mark imprint, which supports emerging talent in our industry. I was interested to read that Claudia is a wall-painting and stone conservator who has worked at places like William Morris’ Red House in Bexleyheath.
The book is packed full of lots of accessory projects, the kind that I find so satisfying. This pair of fingerless gloves have my name written all over them, although I may prefer to make them fingerless mitts.
Jeanette Sloan is a very dear friend of mine so I confess I am very biased about the latest MDK Field Guide, which features her exciting designs. IT”S AMAZING!!!!!!
I’m not quite sure how long I have known Jeanette but I commissioned her to design a pattern for the second issue of The Knitter so it must be well over 10 years. In 2019 I was privileged to support Jeanette as she realised her dream of turning her POC Crafters list into the resource portal BIPOC in Fiber.
I love the Mood cardigan, which is featuring in a ‘relaxed’ KAL over on La Bien Aimée’s Instagram page. The design is knitted on 5mm needles with two ends of lace weight held together, so it should knit up nice and fast!!
Finally, a sewing book. I love the Japanese aesthetic, whether it is product design, textiles or furniture. In garment design, the lines are clean and uncluttered, and this is epitomised in Naomi Ito’s Nani Iro Sewing Studio book.
I think I may start by making one of these fetching hats – I have some black Denim somewhere.
But this is the garment I really want to make.
If you have any other books to recommend, please leave me a comment.