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Knitted Hats Hand Stitched Jackets

Knitted hats and hand stitched jackets was where I was at this week. After completing the new hand stitched jacket, all hand stitched with running stitches, I was thoroughly exhausted. The long journey of sore fingers and time spent in the to do drawer, forgotten about until re-discovered and eventually finished.

Completed new sewn jacket

So here it is, warts and all. More than a few mistakes but I am glad it is finished and wearable. On with the new one now. That’s the joy of finishing a project, you can look forward to starting another.

new hand stitched jacket

I am deliberating slightly whether to make this a sleeveless one too, or whether to buy more of these gorgeous fabrics. I suppose I am lucky, having bought these in 2010, that they, or similar that will work as they are the same fabric style, are still available.

African dyed indigo fabrics

I had a good look on there this morning and almost emptied my meagre bank account. I need a lining and a couple more pieces of fabric to make a long line jacket. I must be frugal as the orders are sadly not flowing freely.

Please do take a look and see, if from the hundreds of products, all exclusive to me, there is something you need on the website. Know that you are supporting an independent artist and designer when you buy from me.

Hand Knitted Hats

I managed to handknit no less than five hats in the past month. All my own designs and the patterns can be found in my Ravelry store.

Knitted hats
Knitted hats
Knitted fairisle hat
Hand knitting
Combining stitches

That’s all for this week on knitted hats and hand stitched jackets. Next week I shall be introducing you to some new textile work and topics. Thanks for staying tuned.

Words, work and images copyright 2020 Karen Platt.

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Celebrating my 50th ebook Textile Inspirations Prehistoric

Celebrating my 50th ebook Textile Inspirations Prehistoric. Wow. My ebooks are exactly as I would write a book in print, with full colour illustrations and attention to detail. They are intended to provide inspiration to as wide an audience as possible. As a fully qualified and experienced teacher (of too many years) I put my hands-on knowledge into my ebooks.

Textile Inspirations

TEXTILE INSPIRATIONS PREHISTORIC

Celebrating my 50th ebook Textile Inspirations Prehistoric is quite an achievement. I began this ebook in 2012, and then in 2016 I thought I was ready to launch. I did a craft fair at Creswell Crags, and the ebook went onto the back burner because I lost confidence owing to someone’s comments. Everything happens for a reason they say. When I returned to the ebook this year, I found not only a renewed spirit, but things occurred to me that had not back in 2016 or 2012.

This series is unique in providing step by step projects and is like a mini ecourse.

The ebook can be purchased on the website

One of the six projects

Just the beginning

This is the beginning of history in more ways than one. The prehistoric period is the period before anything was written down. It is a fascinating period of our history.

For me, this is the beginning of what I envisaged in 2012. A new range of ebooks exploring history through textiles. A few weeks ago someone on social media made a joke about no-one would write a book on the Sumerians. My next textile book does indeed take a very close look at the Sumerians. It too was begun in 2012, as I intended it to be the first of the series. Then I started making cave paintings and realised that prehistoric should naturally be the first in the series.

So it is, at the beginning of what we know of our history. Follow me on this journey. These are not history books, they are textiles and art books all about inspiration, ideas and resources for your own creative development.

It’s not every day that someone launches their 50th ebook. All ebooks are exclusive to the website. Please take a look.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Stitching and Knitting Through the November Fog

Stitching and knitting my way through the months. It keeps the November fog and mist and the brain fog at bay. Keeping occupied is often the best way to combat the winter blues. Make the best of those infrequent blue skies and get out and walk. When it is dreary, sit indoors and dream with a bit of stitching and knitting.

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The front of the jacket, ready for stitching

Hand Stitching The Patchwork Jacket

The jacket took a huge leap this week. Not only did I stitch through the pain of sciatica, when I could and finish the back of the jacket, but I got the front cut and sandwiched. It took me two days because of the sciatica, but I am there at last and ready to start my running stitches. This is usually my evening activity whilst watching a film or series. I am pretty sure at this point, that this is going to be sleeveless. In fact, I tried it on today and was rather surprised that it is quite weighty.

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Cutting the backing of the patchwork jacket

Knitting Hats

With my leftover yarn, I like to knit hats. If you follow me, you will be aware that I notched up over 20 hats a couple of years ago and a fw have been added since. Two days ago, I started knitting up hats with my leftover 4 ply pure Falcon Wool from the late 70s. I made two hats in two days. I cast on the third last night and thought wow, this will use it all up, then this morning I found three more balls. Oh well, I guess it will be four hats in total this time around. See the knitting patterns on Ravelry

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Fair isle hat designed by Karen Platt
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ribbed hat designed by Karen Platt

New series of ebooks for launch

Very shortly I shall be launching the first in a new series of ebooks, that provide resources, ideas and inspiration plus projects for all textile artists, based on historical themes. This will be my 50th ebook. You can see the full range here on the website

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new ebook Textiles

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Knitting Patterns, Hand Stitching and Writing

My work life seems to happen in threes. This week it has been new knitting patterns, hand stitching and writing. I like to change tasks to help allay the pain that occurs particularly in my right arm and my neck. I find rotating what I am doing helps. A bit like crop rotation, or maybe not.

Hand Knitting Patterns

If you know my knitting, you’ll know that I like to have a project on the go. This is the final one of three in this yarn, although I have a bit of leftover yarn and will do something with that. There is a long and short version of this sweater with and without a peplum. I am slowly adding all my knitting patterns from the last 30 years to Ravelry.

Knitting patterns
Knitting Patterns by Karen Platt

Hand Stitching and Quilting

I am losing track of when I started this hand stitched jacket, but it is fun to pick up of an evening, when I remember and do a few rows. The hand quilting is not as even nor straight as I would like but it is all hand stitched and I am not a machine. I hold the fabric in my hands not in a frame of any kind. I have almost finished the back and I have one half of the front done. I think this one will be sleeveless. It has silk wadding, which I like for clothes. I lost a needle this week as I had to get up and answer the phone, and poof, it vanished. These hand quilting needles are so small, it is difficult to find them again.

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Hand stitching a jacket, designed and stitched by Karen Platt

Writing An Autobiography

What’s so special about writing you might be thinking, but this is different. This time I am not writing a textiles or quilting ecourse or ebook; I am writing my life story. I want to get it all down in glorious technicolour before the colour fades, if you get my meaning. I want to see if I learned life’s lessons before I kick the bucket. So far I have written over 5,000 words. I think it will make interesting reading. If someone had told me I would write an autobiography, I would have laughed.

That’s all for this week, I shall continue with my knitting patterns, hand stitching and writing or maybe there will be another task to talk about next week as I keep on drawing and more.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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More Inspiration ebooks Travel UK

I am very excited to have finished not one but two inspiration ebooks travel UK this week. This completes my travel eguides to the UK. Cornwall, Yorkshire and Derbyshire have already been published. The photographs are all taken by me over the past 14 years.

It is my aim to inspire artists to create unique work inspired by travel and photography. To interpret what they see in their own unique way. Even an ordinary, everyday journey can become an inspiration. It’s all down to how you look at it. I am not a travel agency, I am an artist, finding inspiration everywhere, even in the mundane. Join me and be inspired.

Inspiration ebooks Travel UK Part One

This ebook has over 400 images and contains unique artwork inspired by my travels in the following counties: This edition covers The Midlands, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire,  Lincolnshire, Chesire and Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Northumberland, Norfolk, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, Shropshire, County Durham, Warwickshire, Wirral and Wales, very briefly Scotland.

You can click the link below to purchase.

Inspiration Travel UK Part Two

This final ebook in the UK travel series has 150 photos and more unique artworks inspired by my travels, especially London. This edition covers Avon, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Somerset, Sussex, Surrey, Dorset and London.

You can purchase by clicking the link below

More ebooks

See the entire range of inspiration ebooks for artists and creatives. They include artistic themes such as rust, travel, seasons and more. The travel ebooks also cover Tunisia, Madeira and Lisbon. All the ebooks feature my own photographs. Many of them also feature my unique artworks, including digital manipulation, textiles and paintings. They also make great gifts.

https://karenplatt.co.uk/product-category/ebooks/

More Artwork

My artworks can be seen on my Saatchi art page

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020