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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
stitching and knitting
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

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New Knits, Quilts and Textiles Creative Design

This month I have created new knits, quilts and textiles. Obviously I am still not into the weekly swing of things as it has been a month since I blogged again. But hey, at least it isn’t waffle about nothing, it’s all about new work, new knits, quilts and textiles.

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new knitwear design by Karen Platt

New Knits

I have two new knits that I designed and knitted this month. Yes my arm feels like it is going to drop off. The new knitting patterns will be in my ravelry store hopefully this week, so make sure you click the link and visit.

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new knitwear design by Karen Platt

New Quilts

Ok I admit, technically that is not true, and I am abusing the word ‘new’ here as the patchwork was done some weeks ago, and I am just quilting the top now. I did not start straight away for two reasons

  1. not enough wadding
  2. no ideas were coming on the actual quilting design – which stitches and method to use

So I am glad to say that I made a start this week. Wow! I now have six quilt blocks quilted, and enough wadding for one more. The quilt design came quite easily, although there are still some obstacles with the more complicated quilt blocks, but I am on my way. In the end I decided qaygo, quilt as you go was the best for this quilt, and so far I have used straight stitch quilt designs that I have created myself. I am a bit out of practice.

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quilting the patchwork top

New Textiles

Stretching the ‘new’ again as these bird textiles were started a few weeks ago too. Now they are all finished and will be on sale on the website. There is only one of each, so as soon as they are uploaded this week, dive in there quickly.

That’s all for now, join me again shortly.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Talking About Art – Karen Platt on Saatchi Art Online

Talking About Art is not an easy subject. Art, after all, is a personal creation and one where people either love your work, are indifferent or hate it. Even family members are not always supportive. You might work in a group or as I do in isolation. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

I create because, like most artists, I simply have to. It’s not just the urge to do it; it feeds my soul. I love the serendipity, the chance to explore and discover. What I choose to reveal and what remains hidden, on so many levels.

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Zantedeschia copyright Karen Platt 2020

Painting As An Art Form

I do enjoy painting because I love texture and colour. My chosen medium is acrylic because I admit, although I strive, I am not a brilliant watercolorist and I cannot stand the smell of oils. I know they are oils that are less offensive these days. However, though much maligned in the beginning, I feel acrylics have come into their own as a versatile medium with many qualities. It gives me the expressive ability I need.

Talking About Drawing

I certainly do not do enough of it. With each artwork in any medium you improve as you do more. This is especially true of the skill of drawing. It takes practice. For me, drawing is all about mark making, so not just drawing objects, but making marks.

Is Digital Really Art?

Currently this is my favourite medium and one I believe I excel at (nothing like blowing your own trumpet!). In all its forms and disguises, it is art. Think of Hockney’s iPad creations. I love the possibilities of taking photographs and manipulating them into something different and extraordinary. Of course, you can create art from scratch digitally too, but I prefer manipulation to that. Some of my digital work informs traditional work. Some of it stands alone when I use my photographs and enhance them digitally in many ways. I enjoy creating large bodies of work digitally like my church series or Tunisian doors. I have developed some of my own techniques. I am very comfortable with this medium. You too can learn photographic techniques on this ecourse

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Tunisian Doors series

Exploring Mixed Media

You might be astonished that this was not covered on my art course. I am largely self taught and took an art and design course at the age of 50. The first art I had done ‘in class’ since I was 13. I have been a textile artist for many years and I enjoy using text, I am therefore gravitating to mixed media. It has great appeal.

Talking about art, I have started to upload my work onto Saatchi Art Online as the best platform for selling artwork. I have sold some artworks in the past at local exhibitions, so I am certain this is the place to be. I have uploaded over 50 digital artworks as limited edition prints. It’s now time to upload some paintings and other works. I feel there is a future for me in the art world.

I shall continue next week with art subjects.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Update On Textiles, Quilts, Knitting, Art

I realise it is five weeks since I have blogged, so thought it was time for an update. I have been doing things, it’s just that something beyond my control is affecting me financially and healthwise and I am not quite in my stride. But here’s an update on all the things that are keeping me occupied. I have a very tidy space now too.

Update Quilts

In August I saw my son for the first time since the first week in March. That lifted my spirits somewhat. However I have not quilted for eight weeks. My last pieced quilt is still hung on the design wall. Yesterday I took one, then another, then a third piece, trying to decide on the quilting and get on with it. They all went back on the design wall unquilted. So it is at the moment. I am not fretting, it will get done. I also stopped designing at the same time, even though I had begun a very wonderful theme, and one I definitely want to continue with at some point.

What’s New Textiles

I have not been idle. I had a good tidy out and now have a really tidy workroom, which means I cannot find anything, ha ha. Some of the bits and pieces I was tidying away whispered in my ear and I made 4 textiles pieces. I have always liked making wall art and these fabric pictures are wonderful to make.

I also got the embellishing machine out. It was either that or throw out all the merino wool. So I made a start with a shawl. I have lots of merino and silk to use up in this way. I also have a pile of ribbons to use.

Update Textile Work
The Cosy Cottage
New Work Textiles
The Setting Sun
Update textile pictures
Fields of Daisies
Fabric pictures
Golden Fish
Update textiles
Update Textiles – Embellished shawl

Update Art

I have also been creating digital work to go with the inspiration travel books. That has kept me busy too. It’s good to look through old photos and create new pieces inspired by them. It was great fun creating work around one of my favourite places on earth, St. Ives, since it has been very frustrating not being able to travel there. Check out the travel inspiration ebooks here and have some armchair travel fun.

I even picked up my paint brushes and daubed a couple of canvases, but those are not finished.

I also dug out the gelli plate and printed off half a dozen pieces.

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Gelli plate printing

What’s Been On My Knitting Needles

I seem to have knitting fever, at least I have finished quite a few projects in the last five weeks. I still have to spread out my knitting, a little a day, otherwise my whole arm suffers. Just when I think I have used all the yarn, I find more.

Alpaca cardigan
Alpaca cardigan
Handknitting
Handknit with unusual neckline
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Update Knitting, my latest design

I have also watched a lot of cricket scoreboards – whatever gets you through the night 🙂 and far too much Netflix for my own good!

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Mark Making For All Craft and Art

Mark making is an important part of all art and craft. It takes your art from ordinary to extraordinary. From the earliest marks made by man to contemporary art, mark making distinguishes a person’s art or craft.

At an early age, we draw without fear. But many of us lose that ability. Get in touch with your inner artist. I want you to free your expression, get rid of the fear and discover the pleasures of mark making.

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mark making

eCourse Creative Mark Making

I have today launched my new ecourse for Creative Mark Making. Find your unique voice and discover your potential. This ecourse is 10 months long and is suitable for all abilities without any previous experience. It is also suitable for any discipline – art or craft.

It consists of research, exercises, techniques and projects to help you achieve your goals. You will discover new ways of looking at objects, using different media and surfaces to explore your hidden artistic abilities. You’ll make marks intuitively.

There is a also a private facebook for those taking the ecourse. I am a fully qualified (DfE) and experienced teacher.

The ecourse is aimed at everyone who wants to develop their work from beginner up.

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mark making

For more details please see eCourse Mark Making on the ecourses page. You might also want to look at the other ecourses whilst you are on there. I specialise in textiles, art, craft, and design.

Watch out for more new ecourses this month – Stitched Textiles and Hand Knitting. All these ecourses are unique to me and cannot be found elsewhere. They are written from scratch from my 40 years’ experience. They represent value for money for anyone who wants to learn skills and techniques.

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stitched textiles

Tune in every Monday for the latest blog.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Armchair Travel and Quilt Design Quilt BOM

Armchair travel and quilt design has been featuring big in my work this year. I have just released Travel book Ten on Yorkshire, my home county and one that I love very much. Armchair travel and quilt design allows you to see places you cannot get to, or to plan your trip and be inspired to create quilts from your journey. This latest book in the travel series has over 500 photos including artwork I made inspired by my journeys. You can purchase the Yorkshire travel ebook here and you can see all the travel books and other inspiration ebooks here

Armchair travel
My latest ebook in my travel series

Quilt Design

Armchair travel can inform your quilt design. You can create a quilt from your journey. Take anything that inspired you on your journey and turn into a quilt design. My quilt ecourse on design can help you do just that. The quilt below was inspired by my journeys to London. I have made many quilts inspired by my journeys – walks to the local river, an icy winter and much more.

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Quilt design London by Karen Platt

Last week I was talking about designing a new quilt, and I have made a start. The new designs are a series based around a theme, that involves inspiration from many sources that I have encountered on my travels. I made a start with my new sketchbook. I am hoping this will lead to several things:

the new quilts

an ebook of patterns

an ecourse of techniques

a series of Zoom interactive quilting lessons

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Designing quilts in a sketchbook

Quilt BOM

You can still sign up for the BOM until the end of the week.

That’s all for now. It has been a hectic week of sewing. More next week.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020