FiberCamp got a great fifth birthday party this year with a knitwear fashion show from seven amazing local designers. We’ll take this over clowns and unnaturally-brightly-colored cupcakes any day! As crafters, we get to see pictures and patterns for many great designs, but the chance to see the garments in motion and hear the designers talk about them was really special. Before we get into more detail, here’s a list for your reference of the designers, their websites, and their Ravelry names, because we can tell you are about to go on a pattern-buying spree (we know this because, well, we might have bought a few ourselves!):
Julia Farwell-Clay ~ www.juliafarwellclay.com/ ~ juliafc
Amy Christoffers ~ savoryknitting.com/ ~ savoryknitting
Misa Erder ~ craftivore.blogspot.com ~ craftivore
Ellen Mason ~ odacier.blogspot.com ~ odacier
Bristol Ivy ~ blackbirdturning.blogspot.com/ ~ BristolIvy
Thea Colman ~ babycocktails.blogspot.com/ ~ babycocktails
Alison Green ~ www.alisongreenwill.com/ ~ alisonknits
In an upcoming post, Erin will tell you all about Julia Farwell-Clay’s Friday night talk on Cowichan knitting, which covered a lot of fascinating art-historical and anthropological ground as well as enlightening us about design elements of the familiar cozy cardigans. But Julia didn’t leave it at that — no, she managed to teach three classes on Saturday and MC the fashion show. Oh, and show her own designs at the fashion show. No sweat, right? Wow!
Once the show started, we were treated to a dizzying array of designs and design approaches—all very wearable pieces that look fun to knit, and otherwise hard to sum up as a group. There were Amy’s classic modern shapes in various textured fabrics; Misa’s clever colorwork in rich colors, lavished with little details you wouldn’t appreciate unless you were a knitter, and splashed with lines of poetry and intricate geometric designs; Ellen’s subtle rainbow of vintage-inspired cardigans, paired with her own handmade dresses; Bristol’s innovative modern constructions; Julia’s flattering fits and subtle, sparing use of color and texture; Thea’s candy-colored pieces that make jeans instantly dressy; and Alison’s cool, sophisticated tailoring.
Amy Christoffers started the show. Read about her designs in part 2 of “The Handknit Runway”.
Or, go directly to any designer!
Part 2 – Amy Christoffers
Part 3 – Misa Erder
Part 4 – Ellen Mason
Part 5 – Bristol Ivy
Part 6 – Julia Farwell-Clay
Part 7 – Thea Colman
Part 8 – Alison Green