I was absolutely thrilled and flattered to be one of a group of hand knit designers asked by Gawthorpe Hall to create accessories inspired by their wonderful textile collection put together by the wonderful Miss Rachel B. Kay-Shuttleworth.
I thought I would take this opportunity to tell all my lovely blog readers a bit more about Gawthorpe Hall (over the next few blog posts), Miss Rachel herself and the process I went through to create my three accessories for the collection.
Gawthorpe Hall – our brief!
I meet a lot of lovely people at my shop. I love talking about yarns, colours, anything creative. I love seeing what they do with the yarn and patterns they buy. I love that there are an infinite amount of possibilities of what just one hank of yarn can become.
One of the lovely ladies that came into my shop was telling me about her job at Gawthorpe Hall, a National Trust property just over the border in Lancashire with the largest and most extensive textiles collection in Europe collected by Miss Rachel B. Kay-Shuttleworth. It sounded amazing and I said I’d love to see this collection one day, which I did but didn’t think anymore of it and got back to my knitting.
So it was very exciting when the Director of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection emailed me with an amazing opportunity: to design an accessory pattern inspired by the collection. Their idea was to ask a group of designers to bring their unique creative minds to the collection and create a pattern to bring the textile collection alive and carry on Miss Rachel’s legacy.
So the challenge was on!
(well, I say that but it isn’t really challenge when you love what you do, the challenge for me was to design just *one* accessory….)