Our theme for 2019 will be Maria Sibylla Merian’s Garden Flowers. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator. She was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. She painted from life, published her own books of embroidery patterns and scientific studies, and travelled with her daughter to South America […]
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A mystery package the last week of May-June, July-Aug, Sept-Oct, Dec-Jan, 2019 & Feb 2020. Yarn, book, paintings, patterns, and more. Yarn indie dyed by Donna Druchunas.
You’ll receive: A MYSTERY package every other month A skein of yarn hand-dyed by Donna in a special colorway. An original watercolor painting by me, designer Donna. A knitting notion or tool to use on your project. Occasionally a printed illustrated booklet. A Victorian pattern for a knitted flower. An illustrated story about a woman […]
‘Lost’ book of exquisite scientific drawings rediscovered after 190 years. Decades of searching uncovered the brilliantly illustrated plants and detailed notes made by a U.S. woman living in Cuba in the 1800s. An article about the work of Anne Wollstonecraft, who created volumes of detailed botany illustrations in 19th-century Cuba. Rediscovered after almost 200 years, […]
Working on all of the booklets at once, with stories that span her life. Here are topics I’ve thought of so far. Her life is dense and rich like the jungles she visited in South America. Also, I’m playing with colorway ideas for our next two packages!
Victorian knitting patterns were often mysteries, since there were no diagrams or photos in many of the books. The flower book I have is one of those. This is the only image in the book: Here’s our pattern, in all its dense, textual beauty: I charted the flower petal from our pattern. You start by […]
That flower pattern is confusing isn’t it? Here is some info about Victorian knitting patterns. Next week, after you have time to play with this a bit, I’ll post a modern version of the instructions. Measurements & Sizing Patterns will be in inches because they were written before the metric system came into use. The […]