Brigitte Sieber -
Hand Crocheted Scarf 2021
Dimensions: approx. 15 cm wide – 2 metres long
Care Instructions: warm handwash, squeeze dry in towel, gently pull into shape, place a thick towel over washing line and drape scarf over it to prevent line creases. Steam iron by holding the iron just above the fabric.
Feather and Fan Shawl in Fine Silk and Linen
The shawl is my modern take on a vintage Shetland pattern, known by many names i.e. Feather & Fan, Old Shale and more
By using a very fine silk yarn and combining it with an equally fine linen yarn the wrap is light and beautifully soft. Perfect for a summers’ evening.
Warm handwash, pull into shape and dry flat. Pinning down the points while drying will retain the shape.
Gentle steam iron by holding the iron just above the fabric.
Measurement: 56 cm x 192cm approx.. 22 inch x 75inch approx..
With the pandemic in its 2nd second year, there seems to be very little worth celebrating. Knitting, however, gives me a sense of peace and satisfaction as it allows me to create a fabric and let my thoughts escape away from the pandemic and at the same time achieve an original piece of knitting.
As a person interested in fibre arts for several years, I have spun my own combinations of yarns and fibres, hand dyed my spun yarns and various wools and silks. I have played with various colour techniques such as colour stranding and woven standing (Fair Isle) and intarsia. Now I find myself involved and intrigued by ‘old’ and vintage patterns which normally specify using wool. The scope available by using these vintage stitches seems to be never ending.
I have experimented using silks and linens to break out of the vintage mould. The vintage stitch patterns are classic and can shrug off their stigma of ‘old’ by using a completely fresh approach. I combine and juxtapose the stitch pattern repeats to create a new look for garments and shawls.
Then as a challenge I took on making the knitted version of a mathematical concept - the Moebius. It is actually knitting a seamless 3D object in the round as one piece and is very versatile as a neckpiece, decorative in silk and warm in wool.
My preference is always to search out quality fibres such as natural wools, silks, linen and cotton but I dabble with the contemporary synthetics to see what new qualities they can bring to my work.
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