Blog: Loop Tricks
Posted on - 17/07/2013
Don’t get confused with Intarsia and Jacquard ~ both are special in their own way, but get mixed up by many.
Here is a Bessie May Jacket Design ~ is it worked in Intarsia or Jacquard, and more importantly do you care, apart from the fact that the block pattern creates a defined jacket that has almost animal magnetism, which was the aim.
What is your guess ~ well it is Jacquard. Clues are it has geometric or stylised natural forms, and is double thickness as the yarns are carried from beginning to end, and woven in as appropriate.
How is this different to Intarsia ~ well think of a knitted feature, such as a picture of a flower. Intarsia is used for working large blocks of colour, often on a plain background. Quite often there are several colours in a row, and each colour is a separate length of yarn, just like when doing coloured embroidery. None of the colours are carried across the row, as they are in this geometric Jacquard design.
Both methods are important to master, as they are great for adding colours, blocking, picture features, and you will never struggle again with tension if you can master a Jacquard or Intarsia design without creating a tight fabric, but one that has natural drape, then gold stars all round, and the world of knit is your oyster ~ so to speak.
Posted on - 23/05/2013
All has come together today in the Bessie May Design Studio, as we push ahead with Autumn Winter Designing, which seems perfect on a windy, rainy day in May?
The Knit Tip from our day is that using precious accessories to finish off a garment, can make something classic, into something classic and beautiful, as well as simply special.
The vintage style poppers we have used on a chunky winter jacket finish the design off perfectly, being not just practical, but also stunning.
Smiles again today.
Posted on - 12/02/2013
It will soon be Valentines Day, and an opportunity to show that special person that you care, and what a better way than making them a keepsake.
As hearts are synonymous, we have put together a few Heart Crochet ideas we have sought out for inspiration, that would be perfect for that small gift.
It doesn’t even have to be for your partner, how about a best friend, sister, mum or auntie. I have plans to create for my daughters, as well, and will share some pics when all done.
As crochet is such an amazing free style art, then really I can’t say what will be created, but they will all be different that is for sure, and relevant for each person.
At the same time we have put together a ‘Bessie May Heart Collection‘, of our Bessie May pink and red shade yarns, that are just perfect for creating something special.
If you add BMHEART in the ‘Apply Coupon’ field in the cart, you will receive a 15% discount on this special collection until the end of 14 February, so you can create right up to the last minute.
Hearts from us & How To’s by some clever people:
Yarns: Bessie May Heart Collection
Small Heart Chains: at Sewing Daisies
Heart Necklace & Hanging Lace Heart: at Solo Crochet
Crochet Heart Blanket: you can always buy it: at Lili et nene
Posted on - 07/01/2013
Just a quick hello to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and hoping you had an amazing Christmas, and holiday celebrations.
We are all back at the Bessie May Studio, and received over Christmas some lovely pictures of creations made by Michele, who is a knit and colour addict just like us.
Michele has kindling allowed us to share her sample she has made using Bessie May Smitsy, in Rhubarb and Custard Colours – so lovely. Also look at the amazing cushion – we all want one.
Posted on - 19/12/2012
Ok – update on the Christmas Project Count Down at the Bessie May Studio.
Late, late, late, night last night, pushing ahead with the Heritage Flower Crochet Throw – no memory of even when the light was actually turned off.
However, all is good – design is moving forward. Three different flower types designed, but maybe going to only use two of these.
Fabric chosen and ordered, just in case it is needed – feel a fabric framing is going to be a good option, but time will tell.
Time to share a couple of pics of work in progress, and on with the creation.
Posted on - 17/10/2012
Oh so pretty – Caroline Griffiths has created this amazingly Pretty Leaf Wreath, after visiting our stand at the Knit and Stitch Show, using Bessie May Grace, our Mohair and Silk, in the soft shade of mist.
Can you believe this is knitted – delicate leaves made with cotton and linen alternatively, blended with Bessie May Grace, as Caroline wanted to create using different yarn blends.
Thanks to Caroline for sharing her beautiful work, which she created immediately she got home from the show, which is so impressive, we hadn’t even unpacked after the show, and her lovely picture arrived.
Posted on - 13/07/2012
Feel the Yarn – the young designer competition displayed for all exhibitors and visitors at Pitti Filati for judging – illustrating amazing skill, ideas and true competitiveness.
Students from some of the top textile courses at institutions across the world were selected to put together up to three designs for all of those attending the show to choose their preferred designs/designer to win the honour of being top talent!
Many wonderful designs and skills displayed, but eventually after much consideration we at Bessie May chose Kyoko Tejima’s designs, because the thumbprint designs were just amazing, and the quality of the finished garments were just done with such care, creating delicate grace and the most amazing attention to detailing.
Posted on - 13/07/2012
There was so much to see at the Renaissance Exhibition at Pitti Filati last week. The exhibition commenced with a wall of machine knit technique square samples created in the perfect yarns from each of the Pitti Filati exhibitors.
It was great to see the different yarns and design techniques that built up the wall display of ‘Renaissance’. Also to see all the yarn junkies touching, stroking, and cooing over all of the different samplers – likes bees to honey….!
Captured a few of the samplers for sharing, although pictures unfortunately can’t be touched, and squeezed, so you will have to use your imagination…!
ENJOY the colours, yarns and different creative techniques!
Posted on - 27/06/2012
Designing continues at the Bessie May Studio, and currently a big hit is lace and texture, in bright green of Bessie May Lychee Shade.
Samples moving on well with emphasis on spaces being as important as stitches, as with spider webs – take a look and see what you think! Some beading included along the way…
Exciting – knitted sideways, nice lines emerge.
Now design kicks in to next stage – creating a garment that brings everything together…. The best bit…..
Posted on - 18/06/2012
At the Bessie May Studio we are building Pocket Patterns – which will do exactly what they are called -’fit in your pocket’, for all those knitting on the move, or wanting to experiment with as many styles of knitting as possible and built their repertoire, and at the same time create a lovely keep sake or gift!
Pop those needles in your pocket where ever you may be going, on the bus, on the train, going to work, and learn a couple of new stitch techniques, or methods, and always have something at hand to do, that you know you WILL COMPLETE!
Great idea for testing yarns, styles and learning what you really enjoy doing – whether crochet or knit. Also keep photos and stitch information and your library of ideas and inspiration will always be at hand.
Here is our first Pocket Pattern – lovely Nettle Wrist Warmers, created using just a single ball of Bessie May Nettle, so soft, natural, with the knowledge of something different, with Nettle Fibre (un dyed) and Organic Wool. Inspired by having 6 pretty recycled buttons that have been saved forever for that perfect project!
Here you will learn a couple of very useful stitch patterns:
Bramble Stitch, which again does as it says, creates little bramble berries as you build up the four rows of pattern stitch work
Cable, in a simple way, with the cable stitch worked right at the edge, you see the cables growing and framing the edge of the wrist warmer as you go.
If you are nervous of trying cable, this is a lovely project to attempt, as you will see how simple it can really be, and you will see it is worth working with three needles to get the lovely cables in your fabric.
Pattern is downloadable here:
Enjoy, let us know how you get on, and please share pictures of your lovely finished Pocket Pattern Project, so we can post it to inspire others!