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Wearable Art Textiles Jackets and Coats 2021

Wearable Art is my main theme for the year. This is my first blog post of the year 2021. Why on the 11th January 2021 you might well ask; truth is I forgot to do it last Monday 🙂

Wearable art is such a fun past-time and can mean so many things. For me it is about creating unique wearable items.

Yes, well it is lockdown, but I don’t see why that should mean life is at a standstill. Keeping busy is a great way to get through. So I shall use this first blog post of the year 2021 to tell you what I have been up to so far and what you can expect in 2021.

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hand stitched wearable art

Clearout

It is always good to have a jolly good clearout and mine has been largely a computer one. Yes I regularly have a turf out and discover files that I had completely forgotten about. It also gives me an opportunity to find things that need completing. Remember to regularly back up your work too, you don’t want to lose it.

Roses

In this way I discovered the roses file. In fact there were three. What’s in those I thought. There is only one way to find out and that’s to open them. Then I remembered that one file was for a book on roses and I had done over 100 photos and then just forgotten about the whole thing.

So I am pleased to say that I have now cropped and sized over 500 photos and I am still going. I also created a book cover as you can see below. This kind of exercise gives me the chance to reduce the number of images I keep as large files so it has a purpose in that sense. Of course, the real object is to share the photos with you and give readers of the book the opportunity to just adore roses (they are so adorable) and to paint them or use them for textiles. Of course, it stands as a largely pictorial gardening book too.

Roses book cover
Roses Book Cover

Wearable Art

Which brings me nicely on to the next topic and what to expect in 2021. I have already created almost two wearable art quilted jackets. They are both created with patchwork, with a lot of hand stitching. The next one will be using some of my images and be more arty. So I am very excited about wearable art, stay tuned. There will be an accompanying book on Wearable Art.

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hand stitched jacket

This is a major undertaking to look at clothing and fashion throughout the ages and create wearable art, patterns and resources for style and more. I have started with the medieval period. I find period dress very fascinating. If you have a penchant for traditional dress following the link for the ebook on Tunisia.

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Traditional Dress of Tunisia

Textile Inspirations

Of course, I am still providing plenty of inspiration in my current series, working on The Egyptians, having launched Prehistoric and Mesopotamia last year.

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Textile Inspirations Prehistoric
Textile Inspirations
Textile Inspirations Mesopotamia

All the ebooks can be found here

Time to get back to work.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021.

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Last blog post of the year 2020

Last blog post of the year 2020. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me this year. S-A-L-E.

My containers are full of things to sell in this hugely productive year. It is hard enough to work in a vacuum as a sole trader. Harder still thanks to Covid 19 that has robbed us all of travel and exploration. Being a very self reliant, self motivated person, I can cope with being alone and illness has often meant that I could not travel. However, when you work so hard, it is so difficult when few respond to your work or even know about you. Instagram has been a big help on that score. At least more people have seen my work this year than probably ever before. The survival instinct is strong. I want to continue to be an independent artist.

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Painted lutradur

I guess I just need to perfect the art of living on next to nothing. Oh wait, I have been for the past ten years. Unfortunately my business is impacted by Brexit as I have the choice to either register for VAT in an EU country or not to sell to the 27 countries in the EU. It’s going to be a small world, a shrinking market. This is your chance to diminish my stack of goods ready for sale, so that I can launch into 2021. N.B. Order by 31st December 2020 if you are in the EU.

Craft and Textile Supplies Big Discounts

The following products are reduced to the price I paid for them wholesale, just to claw back the money and investment. If you want a smaller quantity than a metre, I am willing to discuss. These are great for innovative and experimental textiles, but rather boring on the photography side, so I have included a picture of what you can make instead. Clicking on the product name takes you straight to the product page on my website. If you are interested in a mixed selection of A4 sheets, let me know.

Evolon Soft 4.95 per metre,

Lutradur 100, 5.50 per metre

Lutradur 30, 3.50 per metre

Zeelon Medium, 4.50 per metre

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spunbonded fabrics and dyeing

Fabrics for dyeing

Silk/viscose velvet for dyeing or devore 23 pounds per metre

Cotton velvet for dyeing 23 pounds per metre

Adhesives for applique or painting

Bondaweb – cheapest on the web to my knowledge 3.95 per metre

Hand dyed Fabrics For Textiles or Quilting

Hand dyed cotton scrim individually priced

Hand dyed cottons individually priced

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hand dyed fabrics

Quilts For Sale

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quilts for sale

From small art quilts to large throws, we have the perfect quilt for you. Prices start at 30 pounds.

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Bird quilt

That’s it for the last blog post of the year 2020. Happy New Year everyone.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt

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eCourses Great Xmas Gifts For All Creative Artists

eCourses Great Xmas Gifts For Artists, Textile Arts, Photographers, Quilters. On everyone’s lips at this time of year is ‘What do you want for Christmas’. On everyone’s mind is ‘What can I get?’ for loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but I have always preferred to buy and receive gifts that last more than the day. eCourses make the perfect gift because they can be used time and time again whether a cheap tutorial or short ecourse, or a full blown one year eCourse. They are gifts with aded value. The gift of learning. We offer one of the largest choices of online ecourses.

eCourses Great Xmas Gifts

24 eCourses

24 online ecourses are on offer. They can all be found here where you can explore all eCourses Great Xmas Gifts. I am going to highlight just a few. Each eCourse is distance learning, but you do have the option to join a dedicated fb page and I am always on hand as your tutor. My eCourse are like C&G courses, but they are written from scratch by me. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher with a Post graduate Certificate in Education. elearning is such fun.

QUILTING eCourses from Beginners up

You can learn to quilt, learn advanced techniques and learn to design a quilt all from the comfort of your own home. You can also learn Modern Quilting.

My most popular quilting eCourse is https://karenplatt.co.uk/product/ecourse-design-in-quilting-and-patchwork/

I also have a wonderful Colour eCourse suitable for all artists but specific to quilting and textiles that takes you beyond the usual reliance on the Colour Wheel with all its faults.

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There are shorter eCourses such as Fabric Design and Transform Your Photos Into Art Quilts. One of my most popular is my tutorial on Cathedral Windows quilting.

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fabric design

Finally there are technique tutorials for quilting that start at just 10 gbp.

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TEXTILES AND PHOTOSHOP eCourses

I have written a number of Textiles eCourses, mainly concentrating on using Photoshop, but also on inspiration and mark making.

The second most successful eCourse is one which looks at techniques and ideas for textile artists who want to get to grips with Photoshop. It is the first eCourse I wrote. Photoshop For Textiles

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Photoshop for textiles

This was followed by more techniques in Photo Techniques For Quilters.

Hand Embroidery Creative Stitch is another elearning opportunity for anyone in love with contemporary hand stitch.

Art and Textile eCourses

Some of the eCourses are suitable for Artists too such as Kaleidoscopes that can be used as an art form, or to print and use in textiles. There is also an Art Inspiration Monthly eCourse.

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Kaleidoscope

There will no doubt be more eCourses next year. I am about to launch the latest eBook Textile Inspirations Mesopotamia, the second ebook of the series, so check back tomorrow.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Perfect Xmas Gift eBooks That Last A Lifetime

Perfect Xmas Gift eBooks will fill that stocking, making a great gift that lasts much longer than the holiday season. The ebooks are yours for a lifetime and can be used by you whenever you like, just like a normal printed book.

Whilst there are many who love to flick through a printed book, there is no doubt that an ebook can help the environment as it does not use trees, nor the enormous amount of water to make paper. Other advantages are that ebooks are searchable and portable.

Architecture inspiration ebooks

Give an eBook This Xmas

I know I would think any book the perfect Xmas gift. You can enjoy the fabulous photos, the information time and time again. My ebooks are just like my printed books – not the awful format used by so many, but like a real book.

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Inspiration travel ebooks by Karen Platt

Enjoy Faraway Places, Inspiration and Textiles

I now have 50 ebooks to choose from for the perfect Xmas gift and you can see them all here

For the cost of two cups of coffee, you can learn or find inspiration. Whether you love textiles, photography, travel, architecture or gardening, we have the perfect Xmas gift for you. Many of the ebooks also contain my unique artwork.

I am going to highlight just a few, but remember to click on the link above to see all 50 ebooks.

My two most popular ebooks in the past month have been on Tunisia. Traditional Dress of Tunisia and Woven Textiles of Tunisia, but do not forget the ebooks about my journeys to Tunisia too. If you love to travel, take a look at the series of travel ebooks – Madeira, Marseille, Lisbon and the UK. There is bound to be one to suit you or a friend.

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Traditional Dress of Tunisia ebook by Karen Platt
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Woven Textiles of Tunisia by Karen Platt
Inspiration Travel ebooks
Sahara by Karen Platt

Other popular ebooks include my Themes series providing inspiration for artists of all kinds. These include Rust, Lichen and Flaking Paint. They include enough unique images to keep you going for years and are an excellent resource.

Inspiration Rust
Inspiration Rust for all artists

Don’t forget the gardening ebooks. As a gardener, I wrote The Seed Search and Black Magic and Purple Passion, both went into multiple editions. The gardening ebooks include wonderful photos providing ideas for planting and colour. Besides books on black plants, there are ones on seasonal colour and the incredible purple flowers ebook.

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Gardening ebooks Karen Platt

Availability

All the ebooks are available 24/7 from the website on the link above, taking the stress out of Xmas shopping. They are a manual download and if it is a large file, I use WeTransfer.

Forgotten a gift? No problem, we can deliver to the recipient’s email on Christmas morning (Greenwich Meantime), so that it does not look like you forgot. How neat is that? Order now and send a message with your recipient’s email and when you would like the ebook delivered if it is not straight away. We aim to please.

Hop onto the website and make a purchase now.

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Gardening ebooks Karen Platt

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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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.

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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.

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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