It has been a while, since I did a blog post or emailed a proper newsletter and this is for a good reason… I have been working hard to create a new collection for this year’s DesignerQ catwalk show. They had a gorgeous, 10th birthday so it was perfect to celebrate with a unique collection.
The collection is called Wild Orchids and it’s a lot of fun. Every piece is handmade in Australia and was a great integrated design, inspired by the national flower of Queensland, the orchid. I wish you all could have been there to see all the designers with their amazing creations. We had two runways shows and a great after-party. A lot of great entertainment and fun!
If you follow my Instagram @inknlacedesigns you can see a lot of IG Stories on the event and a lot of new posts about it.
Here are a few images of the collection. I posted a few also in the latest newsletter, so if you are interested, sign up and receive 15% OFF your first order!
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All these gorgeous models did a fantastic job running for all the designers and I have to say that everybody did a stunning job, to make the event a success. From the fabulous goody bags to the make-up artists and the catering, DesignerQ did a fantastic job planning the event.
The red carpet was fun and my little one had a blast dressing up and so it was good to see for her what happens when designers get together.
I started to work on the collection in March, after seven months of work creating and designing the WILD ORCHIDS COLLECTION, it can be finally available.
You, know each piece is an original, so if you are not a fan of the catwalk colors, no problem! Let’s make it your style!
Lace branches out in many directions from bobbin to tape, to point lace to Irish and crosses over from crochet to knitting.
Today I want to give a shout out to @nivitaknits on IG! She does an amazing job on keeping lace knitting alive. Past on from one generation to another Nivita Knits is giving lace knitting new vibes.
I strongly encourage you to check out her work!
This lady has a hand for fine lace knitting and can create gorgeous designs from dreamcatchers to stars, bowls, angels leaves, etc….
I am looking forward to receiving my Xmas decoration! Once it’s on my tree I’ll keep you updated!
When you purchase handmade, you purchase, love, originality, quality, and keep up with a little history.
In Europe this technique is called ajour. Ajour lace also it is know as Orenburg lace knit. It comes from Rusia and it all started with a simple shawl. After that it was turned into thin scarfs and actually dresses. Catherina the Great, loved this technique so much that the woman who created the first ever shawl for her received the honor to have the knit lace named after her. It was knows as the Cossack lace. From Russia it reaches the UK and the Queen. In the late 1800th it reached the US. From that time on in the hands of Harriet Tubman it became very popular.
So you see lace knitting travels the world, so make sure you check her IG account out click HERE.
And it all started with her… the founder and genius of CHANEL, COCO CHANEL. After her, for decades KARL…. Like Chanel, as she was known as COCO, he was simply called KARL. Two unique and original people who truly changed the world and left us amazed and happy.
Now the Karl Otto Lagerfeld, passed, all we have left are his creations, that were so unique, controversial, like his runway shows and of course his quotes…. It got to a point where a new word was invented to describe his style , and opinions- KARLISM!
Yes, google it, and it will come up! I always admired his fashion and personal style. A true artist, that influenced my opinion in art and fashion of course. HIs style was even an excuse not to clean up my desk as a kid.
He had a lot to say, a man who kept for himself, in a world of art, books, and photography. I never illustrated or sketched his fashion, because simply I believed I was not worthy of this, simply because he did a fantastic job in sketch and product. But with that said I was a huge fan of his designs. He dived deep into the world of each collection he was inspired by and needed total privacy and solitude to create.
I always illustrated CHANEL perfumes and accessories…. It was and is my homage not only for COCO but also for KARL.
But now what comes next for the house of CHANEL? The new creative director is the Right Hand of the Maestro Virginie Viard. Click HERE to find more out about her! If she was the right hand I think we can only smile to what Chanel will have to offer in the near future! I am looking forward to see the next Chanel collection and so should you!
PS: Stay humble, charge your crystals and smile. Also to honor KARL, check out the ETSY SHOP and get in touch for custom orders…. Prints related to Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld….
If you work with threads and yarns, like me, you know the difficulties sometimes to choose colours… It;s not that I can;t match and mix, that’s not it…. it;s the possibilities…. oh boy…..
So to get some feedback, I asked my followers form IG click HERE to follow….. to pick between green and red shades.
And the crowd has spoken! And RED it is….. To the simple crochet pattern I will add Romanian Point Lace designs, of course in traditional Romanian Point Lace designs, floral and organic elements. These elements will be in Bordeaux and Red…. later on for the top should part will be a lighter colour. The lighter colour is still not picked but it will probably be a pink shade…. something lighter to brighten up the neckline.
The Romanian Point Lace will be a mix of colours and cords. as well as an organic pattern.
As I started the project I wanted to start with a different Romanian Point Lace cord. It is wider and flatter with the Bordeaux. Check it out in the picture below!
It takes a while to get used to it, since it;s different from all the other cords but it;s fun and great for Crochet clothing giving it a clean edge and fine result. It;s neat and holds it;s shape great.
As you can see, the cord has a wave pattern in it. and once achieving the right length, you can start with the crochet part of the design. It is easy to create a design by using the edges of the cord….
The first block of colour in this case Bordeaux, counting 20 rows of crochet a second colour block will follow in Red, Since this project is still wip….. I can;t tell you how many rows of red will be made. So far it;s around 25…..
Now for the Romanian Point Lace part, I started in Bordeaux see below…..
It;s always an interesting process, meditative to me and relaxing to sew the cord to the calico and thinking about the fillings. Some of the fillings you can see in the image below. Remember, do not so more thn 3 designs in one element!
Here you are again and again millions of boyfriends and husbands rush and fight through stores paying insane amounts to make the loved one happy.
If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, or not, you are in the middle of it if you like it or not. Stores call you, to buy perfumes, chocolate and gifts one more special than the other!
I have here my five top gifts on the budget! Are you ready?
1- Flowers!, Yup; you heard me! They are always great and if a bunch does not suit you how about a flower in a pot? Click here to find a great one and it;s in the budget!
This Flamingo Flower is great! It last long, it;s red, and its fun!
2- Chocolate! Get the favourite chocolate brand of your loved one and call it a day! Your gift is a classic! You can;t go wrong with chocolate!
3- A nicePRINT! if you like this one, click HERE to get it. It;s a PDF so you can reprint as much as you like. It;s fun and sassy!
4- MASSAGE Yes, you hear me right! treat your loved one with a massage. Now I know, do not roll your eyes it cost more than $10 but this is something you can do for the one you love, yourself =$0 just your time!
5-Spend a day together! It does not cost much to drive out and sit together watching the sun goes down!
Now you know my top 5 gifts on the budget, coz I;m a SUCCA for you! More info on this print HERE!
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