Knitting from Fair Isle – Mati Ventrillon

27,95

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Knitting from Fair Isle – Mati Ventrillon

27,95

‘There are a few new [Fair Isle or Shetland lace] knitting books … but this is the first one to come out this season and has set the bar high.’ – Shiny New Books Mati Ventrillon’s inspiration comes from the technique of creating patterns with multiple colours that was first used by the women of Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands, more than two centuries ago. Her designs, which have featured on the Chanel catwalk, are inspired by tradition but use her own modern interpretation of colour and pattern arrangement. The book includes fisherman jumpers with high, crew and slash necks, a poncho, neck warmer, cowl and long scarf, fingerless gloves and hand and wrist warmers, as well as the traditional fisherman’s hats known as keps. The patterns demonstrate how to experiment with colour and play with backgrounds. They are accompanied by expert tips on yarns and finishing. Inspirational photography provides a window into life on this most remote of Scottish islands.

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Knitting from Fair Isle is Mati’s first book!

September 2011: the Fair Isle Crafts Co-operative was dissolved after 30 years’ trading, but Mati Ventrillon’s passion for knitting and her determination drove her to launch the Fair Isle Knitwear website. She then applied for the 2012 Crafted UK business mentoring programme in an attempt to fulfil her dreams of a ‘made in Fair Isle label’.

From this came Mati’s appearance on a ‘fashion flag’ above Oxford Street, as part of the Great campaign celebrating The Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics.

Mati’s ‘Woollie Horse’ was also used as prop for the Great campaign photography. Wood and brass Woollie Horse jumper boards, now iconic and coveted by collectors such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, were first made by Tulloch of Shetland in the 1920s to dry Fair Isle knitwear without stretching. Fate meant that Mati’s ‘Woollie’ belonged to her husband decades before they met; he was the globetrotting child of diplomatic service parents and the Woollie Horse saw the world with him.

As he and Mati’s shared journey continued, ‘Woollie’s’ use as a prop for the Great campaign photography symbolised the completion of an inevitable circle and suggested the possibility of transforming genuine made-in-Fair-Isle knitwear into the Mati Ventrillon brand.

Inspired by tradition and crafted for life: the Mati Ventrillon brand aligns authentic Fair Isle knitwear traditions with Mati’s life journey and gives the brand its unique identity.
for more information check out Mati’s website
 Instagram: @fairisle_knitwear

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