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Di Gilpin

The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook by Di Gilpin

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    We are not surprised that this book is topping the charts for best new knitting book! It doesn't disappoint. We LOVE this book!

    THE BOOK
    "In this book we hope to explore some of the latest findings in our search for the Source of the Gansey, including a study of one family’s collection from the North East of Scotland with previously unpublished notes from the knitters going back through the generations.

    "We have also created an incredible archive of the motifs, seeding patterns and fabric designs as a Source for knitters to develop their own patterns and to understand the complexity and beauty of these incredible garments which represent the harmony between the Utilitarian and Art." (Introduction to the Gansey Knitting Source book)

    This is a book you'll refer back to time and again. Think of it more as a workshop-in-a-book, along with tons of stories and inspiration:

     Pictures and charts for 150 different Gansey Stitch patterns

    • 10 Projects designed by Di and Sheila for Contemporary Gansey Knitting

    Accessories and Garments with a modern twist!

     History section with case studies and the latest findings from the Moray Firth Gansey Project and the Knitting the Herring Project with the Scottish Fisheries Museum

    Stories of the Herring Quines or Girls, the origins of some Gansey words and the complex differences in pattern and style traced around the coast line of Britain.

    And here's the link for the beautiful Lalland yarn.

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    To create original and intensely beautiful pieces of hand knit which not only protect us and tell a story, but transport us in the wearing, into a dream time inspired by the ever-changing land and seascapes of Scotland. To have the wearer feel the spirit of the wild free mountains, and islands, wherever they may be.

    My knitwear design studio has its origins in a semi-ruined croft on the Isle of Skye. I had settled there in 1983 with little more than a rucksack containing a tent, wool and knitting needles.

    I have worked with many Yarn companies over the  years and created for Rowan the Rowan Scottish Tweed, which was made at the Harris Tweed mill in Carloway, Isle of Lewis. I wrote a book of designs in this amazing yarn, 'Shorelines" with patterns focused on intarsia, colourwork and gansey knitting.

    From those early beginnings, I have developed an international fashion brand, working with leading designers including Graeme Black, Erdos 1436, Hancock VA, Mark Fast, Topshop Unique, Cabbages & Roses, Sophia Kokosolaki and Nike.  Read more about our Collaborations

    Now based at Comielaw Farm on the Balcaskie Estate we have a beautiful showroom and design studio alongside a work room for classes and a kitchen. 

    We have recruited a great team of skilled home-knitters based across Scotland. There is a core specialist team, who live within a 15-mile radius, to create the one-off pieces and special commissions desired by private clients, fashion designers and the catwalk.

    A single Di Gilpin garment could take us as long as two months to create, hand-knitted in the finest Scottish yarn, inspired by our rich cultural heritage and provenance, making it among the most intricate and show-stopping pieces of couture available anywhere in the world

    For the past few years we have been working in tandem with La Fetiche, a Paris Glasgow Fashion label founded by April Crichton and Orely Forestier.