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Inkling - Kate Davies

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  • By Kate Davies

    An inkling might be regarded as the very beginning of a thought . . .

    After an inspiring residency with the British Council and Applied Arts Scotland, Kate Davies took up inkle weaving and found that the experience of learning a new skill, completely from scratch, profoundly revivified her creative practice.

    Learning how to weave narrow patterned bands on an inkle loom allowed Kate to reflect upon the interconnections between different cultures and practices of making across the global north and south, and also helped her to approach the design process in a new way.

    The fifteen creative and colourful projects in this book are the result of such reflections.

    Alongside eleven patterns for hand-knitting—produced in Kate’s signature clear style, across an inclusive size range—are a selection of simple projects to weave on an inkle loom. This fresh, spirited, and colourful collection reveals the far-reaching creative potential of approaching design with a beginner’s mind and asking oneself, what if? Might you be inspired by some inklings of your own?

    Book includes 11 garment and accessory patterns for hand-knitting in Kate's Milarrochy Tweed yarn, plus 4 drafts for plain and pick-up patterns to weave on an inkle loom.

    Full colour, 108pp. Printed and bound in Glasgow.

    We also stock Ashford Inklette Looms which are perfect for the woven patterns!

  • Paperback:
    108 pages

    Dimensions:
    21 x 21 x 1.3 cm

    Publisher:
    Kate Davies Designs

  • My name is Kate Davies. I live by Scotland’s West Highland Way where I love writing, knitting walking, and swimming in the wonderful landscapes that surround me. I find that each of these activities has a creative and a critical dimension and the best of possible worlds is one in which I productively combine them all.

    Knitting is one of my greatest loves, and in 2010 (when a stroke at the age of 36 ended my academic career)  I began Kate Davies Designs (KDD) creating digital patterns for hand knitters. The business lent me a platform to combine my skills in research, writing and design, and rapidly grew into a small publishing company through which I began to produce my own books. In Colours of Shetland (2012), Yokes (2014), Buachaille: At Home in The Highlands (2015), The Book of Haps (2016), Shetland Oo (2016), Inspired by Islay(2017), Happit (2017), West Highland Way (2018) Shore (2018) and Milarrochy Heids (2018) I bring my passions for historical writing and practical creativity together.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing knitters all over the world enjoying my books and making and wearing my designs.