The new issue of Inside Crochet magazine landed on my doorstep a few days ago and I couldn’t wait to see inside. This issue has my feature on floral embellishments and upcycling high street finds in it and I’m really proud to be featured in an issue stuffed with gorgeous designs, interviews and features.
I love flowers, and many of my designs are influenced by my garden and nature. Lucky for me, Claire Montgomerie shares my love of all things floral and encourages me to explore my wilder side (I would never have chosen that bright pink boxy cardigan – but oh my word – it’s exactly right and the photos are stunning). Like all the best editors, she knows how to tease out an idea and encourage her designers to turn a rough idea into a fully fledged design. It’s one of the many things that makes Inside Crochet such a brilliant magazine, the mix of skills levels, interesting articles and the interviews with designers and textile entrepreneurs makes for a great read.
Often, I’ll submit a sketchy idea and then Claire and I will discuss her thoughts, together we’ll come up with a plan and this collaboration makes for much better finished designs and a few surprises. In this case, Claire was tasked with finding a “pretty bag” and a cardigan that would hold it”s own once all the flowers were applied. The accessories Claire chose were from Zara (a favourite high street shop for many of us) and until her parcel arrived I didn’t know what to expect.
The embellished bag also features a few silk leaves to give some texture and interest (you could use real leaves for a special occasion, such as a wedding or christening) and is still practical enough to use every day. I think it would make the perfect holiday bag, you could even take a plain bag on holiday and crochet a few embellishements on the journey or on the beach.
The yarn we chose for these projects is Yarn and Colours Must Have Minis, they are the perfect size for embellishing projects and the colour range is a treat – I can always find “just the right shade” – and I’m lucky that the Yarn and Colours team support my work so generously (they have also supplied all the yarn for my new book, due out in January).
Embellishing is a great way to cheer up tired or dated wardrobe favourites. A pop of colour, an edging or a whole floral make over can give a dress, jacket or cardigan a whole new lease of life. And, if you don’t want to commit to a whole crochet garment, you can still create something unique that reflects your personality.
Of course, a great idea is one thing. But, it takes a creative stylist and a great photographer to bring out the best in these simple projects, and once again I’m really lucky that Inside Crochet have a great team – you’ll find full credits below (the links will take you to their Instagram accounts).
Thanks Claire, for always bringing out the best in me !
Designs commissioned by Claire Montgomerie
Published in Inside Crochet
Styling Kath Webber
Photography Leanne Jade Photography
Hair and Make Up Nicki_Pumpkin
Accessories by Zara
Yarn supplied by Yarn and Colours
All images (c) Tailor Made Publishing