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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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Progress and only two weeks into the New Year

Progress is sometimes hard to come by. No matter how hard you try progress can be elusive. This happens in all walks of life and it certainly happens in textiles.

Sometimes it’s that the ideas will not come (never suffer with that one), often it’s not having the right materials and occasionally you are stumped in great need of a technique that you do not know.

Experimenting can help overcome this – trying out different things and thinking outside the box.

This second week of January 2019, I spent launching a brand new, exciting range of snowflake fabrics. There are a total of 16 mix n match fabrics in my new permanent range. I am delighted with these.

I also made great progress with my latest Winter Inspirations quilt at last. I am trying to ignore another idea I have had for a second winter quilt until much later in the year. This one has not followed my initial sketches too closely. I tried out an idea that does not work either, but I have a final design. I am hoping it comes together quickly now and will be added to the website by the end of the month.

I was more than pleased to return to hand quilting this week and a UFO that has been sitting there for a few months. I am hand stitching a patchwork jacket using a running stitch. The wadding is silk and the front is a patchwork of fabrics with a blue lining.

I finished a cardigan and hat and started knitting a cabled waistcoat. I have altered the basic stitch pattern to make it unique to me. I think this really is the last of my Rowan lightweight double knitting wool bought in the 1990s!

Enjoy your creative projects, whatever you are making. See you soon when I will be telling you of my first speaking engagement at a quilt show in April.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019