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Joeli Kitchen Designer Bootcamp



At the beginning of October Joeli set up an online free course that is open to anyone to join.

It is an incredible opportunity for anyone who would like to be able to design their own pattern.  It can be anything you want and with her guidance each week she shows you through the process.




With the aid of an app that I had not previously used called Periscope Joeli posts a live video that you can asks questions, whilst she is broadcasting then the link stays live for 24 hours for viewers to watch.



In the initial week Joeli encourages us to Swatch and get some ideas flowing with yarn choices, needle gauge, stitch definition that we would like to use.

For me personally I have approached this Bootcamp in a different way and delved back into my past knowledge when I studied Knitwear Design at De Montfort University.

I tend to start off with an initial inspiration which this time for me was the yarn I will be using.

I have used Triskelion Yarn on many of my own projects and have a love of the colours that Caerthan produces.  His eye for colour and the blends that he uses are just amazing.

The colour I am using is called Freo.  It is a blend of 50% Blue Faced Leicester and 50% Baby Suri Alpaca.


My next plan was to start thinking of inspiration.  As we are now in full throws of Autumn here I decided to turn to the countryside whilst walking the dogs for ideas.

From just one walk I collected this amazing abundance of beautiful coloured and different shaped leaves, so this was a good starting point.



I then got out my trusty sketchbook and have started to draw out ideas and with the help of Pinterest which I use a great deal for many different reasons, be it personal storing of family images, to getting inspiration, or keeping a record of designers work I follow.  I find it such a great tool to access.



So I shall be busy now starting with my swatching and seeing what develops.





























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