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What Inspires: Ceramic Art

This week's free pattern, Lyra, is a pair of mittens knit in Berroco Artisan. It features knitted leaves on the top of each hand - a design inspired by imagery that continuously catches my eye as I scroll through Pinterest.Over and over, I have pinned floral ceramic plates that I now know are by the contemporary ceramic artist, Makoto Kagoshima.… Continue reading What Inspires: Ceramic Art

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What Inspires: Georgia O’Keefe

All this week I am on location for photography of our Spring/Summer 2016 collection! The design team and I collaborated on many of the books together, but I was assigned one book using two favorite Berroco yarns to design all on my own. I usually need a story in my head before designing. I turn to… Continue reading What Inspires: Georgia O’Keefe

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What Inspires: Hinckley Boats

When I was a little girl my parents and I lived in Camden, Maine - a small town where the mountains meet the sea. I was a baby when we lived there, so my memories are a mixture of reality, dreams and stories my parents tell me now. One that I especially cherish is about… Continue reading What Inspires: Hinckley Boats

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What Inspires: Quilts of Gee’s Bend

As I try to write this post I have trouble articulating how much the Quilts of Gee's Bend have inspired me. I was first introduced to the beautiful collection of quilts while studying textile design in college. To this day, I start to get butterflies of excitement when I begin to really look at them. The quilts are a… Continue reading What Inspires: Quilts of Gee’s Bend

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What Inspires: Thoughts of Home

Growing up, I moved a lot. With each new place we would unpack the boxes, hang the quilts and paintings on the wall, and make the beds with lots of blankets and pillows. Textiles that my mom made and collected were a huge part of what made a new strange place a home. I love how handmade blankets,… Continue reading What Inspires: Thoughts of Home

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What Inspires: Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea

If someone was to ask me today who my favorite American painters is, I might pause because it is a tough question, but ultimately, I know I would say Andrew Wyeth. Son of the infamous illustrator, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew was raised in a family that encouraged imagination and creativity. He painted for the majority of his… Continue reading What Inspires: Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea

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What Inspires: A Little Bit of Hocus Pocus

Fall is such a magical time of year in New England. The trees fill with color, the streets fill with leaves, the weather has a bit of chill and Halloween creeps up on us. I was always told that Halloween is the one day of the year that spirits of the past walked among us. Easily… Continue reading What Inspires: A Little Bit of Hocus Pocus

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What Inspires: Magical Movies

When I am at a loss for inspiration, a walk, beautiful music or a good movie can pull me back into my creative spirit. One of my favorite albums to listen to when I am feeling like this is the soundtrack to Amélie. A friend gave it to me when I was in college. We would play… Continue reading What Inspires: Magical Movies

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What Inspires: Frida Kahlo de Rivera

Recently, I've been drawn to the color and intensity of Frida Kahlo. As a female artist she is incredibly inspiring. She first began painting during a long and painful recovery from a severe car accident. She would paint in bed, on sketchbooks, her casts and other materials. The majority of her work was self portraits… Continue reading What Inspires: Frida Kahlo de Rivera