An exciting new project for Kate Davies Designs
Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting Kate, and husband Tom, in my studio in West Kilbride.
Kate Davies is a world-renowned knitwear designer, writer and avid promoter of Scottish wool and textiles and the people who work in the industry.
Kate's meticulous research into the history of knitting and textiles, combined with her passion for the Scottish highlands and islands, leads to the most marvellous knitwear designs with a heady mix of traditional technique infused with contemporary colour and style.
Here are a few images of the ever-so stylish Kate modelling her work in some of Scotland's most scenic landscapes. (Click the images to find out more)
I was first introduced to Kate and her work through my good friends and fellow Craft Town makers Ange (weftblown) and Lilith (oldmaidenaunt), both of whom are professionally involved in the world of wool and knitting.
Being a fan of Kate's, it was a great surprise when she got in touch to ask me to be a part of her latest project, Inspired by Islay.
Inspired by Islay is both a subscription club containing 12 of Kate's original knitting patterns and a book which will be published in the Spring of this year.
Islay, the “Queen of the Hebrides” is one of the most beautiful and beloved of Scotland’s Western Isles. Drawing on the island’s intriguing combination of Gaelic and Nordic cultural influences, and taking inspiration from Islay's distinctive Hebridean landscape, Kate Davies has created a collection of twelve stunning new designs in her own Buachaille yarn. Taking you on a journey around this unique island, Inspired by Islay also contains essays, interviews, and beautiful photography, offering a wealth of inspiration for knitter and general reader alike.
I look forward to sharing more about the work when it is finally complete, in the meantime take a look at Kate's recent blog in which she (very eloquently) describes her studio visit.