Hello, everyone! It’s the last day of February, and it’s a beautiful sunny day here in Oregon!
I wanted to wrap up the Rise Up Collection, now that all of the patterns have been added. The entire collection is available as one e-book, including each designer’s inspiration, on Ravelry and on Payhip. Each design is now also available as a stand-alone pattern through each of the designer’s various shops.
Before I add in the pictures, here is the story of my inspiration for my design:
The Rise Up Collection began with a challenge. This group of designers would draw from the same inspiration: a set of Pantone colors titled “Rise Up” and a group of stitches voted upon by us. The challenge appealed to me in a couple of ways. Personally, what would I come up with? And it would be really fun to see how everyone would interpret the same inspiration differently.
The Pantone Rise Up colors were delineated into four color stories: Makeshift, Vibrant Rebellion, Eclectic Folk, and Raw Craft. The two that spoke to me most were Vibrant Rebellion and Eclectic Folk. Vibrant Rebellion mainly in the use of bold color and “a license for self-expression.” Eclectic Folk in its emphasis on “crafted and eclectic” and in its revisiting of the Peace and Love Movement.
I was very little during the Peace and Love Movement. Most of it went right over my head, although I do retain vague images from the news. What I do remember much more clearly is the fashion – and some favorite pieces of clothing. There was a skirt with miles and miles of gathers made from the most gorgeous, bright shades of orange. And a maxi dress in purple and white. And the happiest color of all was a bright, hot pink.
These bright colors, along with the stitch pattern Abstract Diamonds, drove the inspiration for me. I added an original colorwork design, the large flower motif – my “license for self-expression” – and the Garden Cowl emerged.
Here are the seven designs comprising the Rise Up Collection:
Garden Cowl by me
Vacillate from Ruth Brasch Design
Phoenix Cosy from Jill Wolcott Knits
The collection comes in both English and Spanish, and it was translated by Marcela Chang. The hard work behind the scenes of compiling the collection and making it available for sale were done by Laura Patterson (Fiber Dreams) and Jill Wolcott. My thanks to all of them and to all of the designers for their participation in creating these lovely designs! Thanks to all of you for your support for the collection and for our design work.
Thank you for reading, and I hope that you all have a lovely week!!