Staying Focused when you work at home is a challenge , the mind wanders, the kids come in, the dog barks, and the creative process can make many turns and twists. I am making progress on my Spring Collection. But with all the things I love to do, Like: beadwork, chainmaille, viking knitting, needle felting, dollmaking, etc. etc. and etc. 24 hours is just not enough time.
But It is Saturday afterall, so I guess I’m off today right !!! OH wait, do people who work at home have at day off ?
Make Friends With A Swatch
I know what you’re going to say . I hear it all the time from my students ” I hate making swatches”. Okay, so put on the blindfold and knit or crochet, then get on your knees and pray that your garment will live up to you specifications .Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn’t. Then there is the statement ” I got the gauge in the book and my sweater still doesn’t fit”. ” I made a swatch and the gauge is correct,why doesn’t my garment fit properly ” with that statement I usually show the students during the program, why that happens at lot. Hint: A swatch is a little thing your garment pieces are larger pieces of fabric.
Okay, lets start with the first statement. ” I hate making swatches”. I always want to ask why to this statement. A swatch is a designer , crocheter and knitters best friend, in that it first allows you to see what your yarn will look like, what size needle gives you the ideal fabrication ( the most important part of creating a crochet/knit garment ). In the next post we’ll talk about why a large swatch is the best choice. Swatches go hand in hand with preparation, and swatching prepares you for possible problems in fabrication ( fabric to stretchy,too dense, etc.) . All of these things come before the gauge . The math is important, but it cannot stand alone and is practically nothing without also creating a fabric that will drape, move, and behave the way you need it too. note: those who sew garments can relate, the back of the sewing pattern says ” this garment is suitable for, then it gives you a list of fabrics suitable to how the garment must drape.
Fear Nor Hate the swatch anymore it’s your best friend, your assistant, your textbook, and the source of your Success !!
TIL next time!
Join the LARGE SIZE KNIT/CROCHET CLUB. Not really a club but a mission to create fashionable knit and crochet fashions for the full figure Woman. Where do we start and where do I start. Design concepts are all around us, inspiration is all around us. Its what you do with the material you find. The shapes, colors, textures, and yarns. Then putting it all together is last,but in no way the least. Forgetting to Style what you wear is a HUGE mistake. Find the perfect earrings, shoes, wrap, etc. Turn those heads when you walk into the room,( arrive fashionably late, of course). I’m working my brain, doing my research and homework, knitting and crocheting my swatches, and I hope the CLUB will like my Spring collection. Let me share with you my favorite design inspiration, Trend information center, and all around fun site. That would be Polyvore. OH OH OH !!!!!!! you will love it . Have fun.
I thought I would include a group of fun Spring scarfs in my Spring collection. So I dug up some old patterns, and found this circle pattern I created for knitting. I love Circles, and I look for circle inspiration everywhere. I think this pattern will be ideal for my Spring scarf collection. This is an Original Pattern, but If you would like to use the idea for your own inspiration , please help yourself, this brain has more to go around. Just mention my name when you show it ( Arnetta Kenney). Oh and I would love to see what you have done with it.
I plan to add a beautiful crochet wrap to my must have for summer. The styling I chose to accompany my favorite crochet wrap is a soft slightly gathered skirt,in a delicious fabric, that moves and is extremely comfortable and soft with comfortable shoe and an easy to wear top. My models are developed by me thanks to MyVirtual Model the Crochet book shown is from Vogue Knitting. And I plan to add a crochet wrap to my Spring 2011 Collection, for the Full Figure Woman.
Remember large Size ladies. Fabrication, Style, and how you put it all together is EVERYTHING ! when you what to create a look All Those at VK Event This Weekend. Have a Great Time.
Creating a look means that you have to evaluate and try out different looks. Try things you have never tryed before. As I embark on my designing journey of creating Crochet and handknit garments with instructions ! I will have to remember that the rules change with every type of large size figure. This research below is based on the somewhat pear shape figure. The large size woman with the small top, but very full at the bottom. Heavy leg, large hips, and big bottom. This is the research i found and created. With a Color change of the top number 3 is my favorite because this look is a good camouflage for the hips, while giving shape with the elastic band.Of course all depends on the belly, If there is a big belly then another look entirely is preferred, which I will show in the next post. Look number 2 is trendy and very cute, if the tummy is somewhat under control. Beware !!! of the tummy under full fabric look that prompts the question ” when is the baby due”. Crocheting and knitting these looks, will require first creating a fabric that will work with the shape and drape like a dream. I’m swatching and swatching and swatching now ! so stay tune for the results. Oh I must say look number 1. is not my favorite at all, but a favorite for the very young full figure woman. Look number 1 is a challenge for knit and crochet, with a few changes I think I could pull it all together on look number 1.
I am constantly on the lookout for the most amazing looks for the full figure/Plus size woman. For the mature woman, my style suggestions are young ( but not TOOOO young), Stylish but not ( HA HA Look at her), accentuate the positive, and camouflage what you feel needs toned down. Creating a total look is soooo important. The wrong shoes, bag, hairstyle, makeup, accessories. Can have negative effects on the total look you want to achieve. But lets not talk Negative. Let us focus on the Positive. I have created 2 looks, via my many many wonderful research tools and sites ( which I’ll list for you at a later date). Below is a before and after picture from the website My Virtual Model
. Tell me what you think
Cute Dress, If you need your knees covered. Change shoes,bag,jewelry,
Perfect Option for a younger fresh look