Conversations and Interviews

Gudrun Johnston
Hélène Magnusson
Asdis and Linda of Lopi og Band
Tom of Holland
Lynne Barr
Jen Arnall-Culliford
Jean Moss
Christina Strutt (Cabbages and Roses)
Felicity Ford (on designing Layter) and on illustration
Magnus Holborn (Foula Wool)

Publications: some of my publications that you may find of interest:

Yokes: Eleven signature designs with stories of the sweater that changed the shape of modern knitting (2014)

“Sonia Delaunay and Modernism in Fashion” (Editorial feature, Rowan Magazine, 53)
“Circles, steeks, and stitches” (Editorial feature, Rowan Magazine, 54) plus steek tutorial and interview.

Colours of Shetland: Ten Signature Designs Inspired by the Shetland Islands (2012)
Shetland Wool Week, 2012 report in 60 North Magazine (Winter, 2012)
Betty Mouat feature in 60 North Magazine (Autumn, 2012)
Edited issue 2 of Textisles, producing 3 original feature articles for this issue: “The Making of Betty Mouat”, “On Parade: A Decade of American Swimwear,” “Swimsuit Revolution.” This issue also includes a feature by Susan Crawford (“The Rise and Fall of the Handknitted Swimsuit”), and an interview with Griseldis Schmitthuber.
“Shining a New Light on Shetland Lace” (reprint of Rowan editorial feature) in 60 North Magazine, issue 2 (Summer 2012).

Introduction to Knit Real Shetland – flagship book of 15 knitting projects celebrating 65 years of Jamieson & Smith.
“Shetland Lace in a New Light”, feature exploring Shetland Lace as an innovatory – rather than ‘traditional’ textile. Rowan Magazine, no.50 (Autumn/ Winter, 2011)
Textisles Issue 1 (July, 2011). Two features exploring the history of English smocks and frocks, plus an interview with Claire Smith.
“Shetland Fine Lace Project” piece publicising this laudable collaboration between Jamieson and Smith yarns, the Shetland Amenity Trust, and the best lace knitters in the world. The Knitter, issue 30, Spring 2011.
“Make do and Mend” (feature examining the history and representation of darning, mending, and ‘plain work’. Rowan Magazine, no. 49 (Spring, 2011)

“Fish Tales” (examining the links between – and myths about – fishing and knitting) The Knitter (Issue 27, Winter 2010)
“A Brief History of British Socks”, The Knitter (Issue 22, Summer 2010)
“Knitting Outdoors” (feature article about the history of outdoor knitting. Rowan Magazine 47 (Spring, 2010).
“Indigo Moods” (feature article about the history, usage, and unique properties of indigo) The Knitter (issue 15, Spring 2010)

“Making Waves with Cables” (feature about the history and future of cable knitting, including information about the aran sweater myth, and interview with Lynne Barr) The Knitter (Issue 13, December 2009)
“The Fabric of Britain” (feature about New Lanark and Cold Harbour Mills) Rowan Magazine 46 (Autumn, 2009)
“Written in the Landscape” (feature about the wool industry in West Yorkshire, including a walk around Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge) The Knitter (Issue 10, September, 2009)
Feature about Jane Gaugain, the Victorian knitting entrepreneur. See also the Jane Gaugain Edinburgh Walk, Twist Collective, Spring 2009. You can also download a map of the walk (if you need it) here.
Feature exploring the history of tweed in the Scottish Borders (Sew Hip, issue 4, 2009) (text of my original edit).

Feature about quilting, slavery, and the underground railroad. from Textile Perspectives 46 (Winter, 2008).(Reproduced with kind permission of the Quilter’s Guild)
Goodbye, Dolly feature article about the textile / doll art of Tabitha Moses, from Selvedge (March 2008).
Feature about the crochet art of Helle Jorgensen (Yarn Forward, issue 7, 2008)
Photographs only: Jeannette Sloan’s studio (for Yarn Forward, issue 10, 2008).

Textisles Issue 2
is available for £4.95

When purchasing this issue you receive:
* Two original knitting patterns (Betty Mouat Sweater, and the BMC)
* Four original feature articles (Three by Kate Davies, one by Susan Crawford)
* Meet the Maker interview with Griseldis Schmitthuber
* Links to resources, further reading, and video tutorials
. . .all in a single download.

(When you click on the “buy now” button, you will be taken to a page where you can pay securely with your debit card, or by paypal. After this, you can immediately download the PDF file containing your digital magazine and pattern(s)).

Issue 1 (July, 2011) contains: 2 feature essays exploring the history of the English smock; an interview with Claire Smith about working with historic smocks and smocking techniques and the pattern for the smock-frock inspired Warriston sweater.
Textisles Issue 1 is available for £3.95

23 Comments on “writing

  1. What an enjoyable magazine! I especially loved the story on bathing suits. There are a series of pictures on page 31 where the location is listed as unknown, but I believe they may be from Washington, DC. I live right across the river in Virginia, and pass the Washington Monument on my way to work every day…that obelisk in the background of the pictures looks just like it. And I found one of the images on Shorpy (http://www.shorpy.com/node/3311). DC used to have a beach near where the Tidal Basin is today. There are even pictures from the early 1920’s of the “bathing suit police” checking the hem lengths of womens’ suits (http://ghostsofdc.org/2012/01/18/bathing-suit-police-at-the-tidal-basin/). It’s amazing to think we’re less than 100 years removed from those cultural mores. And here in the U.S., it feels like some are trying to get us to veer back towards them.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful contributions to the knitting profession! I look forward to seeing future issues of Textisles.

    • Ha! I got so excited about the pictures I didn’t finish the article, and see you have the bathing suit police in there already — my apologies! Note to self: always double-check everything before hitting send.

  2. I love these magazines! Is it possible to subscribe or to be put on a notify list?.

  3. Wow! What a lot of amazing research. So well-written! So entertaining! Thank you so much for this – I have to agree with other posters that 3.95 is way too little. I’m determined to knit a bathing suit now (right after my Betty Mouat sweater, that is).

    Totally fascinating peek at our heritage.

  4. You have some amazing designs. The colors and unique patterns are just fabulous. My husband and I hiked the WHW and biked the GGW. Wish I would have seen your website before we did this. Summer 2014 will be LEJOG, passing thru Scotland. And hitting the yarn places you mention. Many thanks. Will be buying more for sure.

  5. So much information in each issue. I have both of them and have already re-read some of the articles.

  6. I love your work! All of it. I can’t help to feel glad that I just now discovered you because I can anticipate all the pleasure to come in knitting your designs and reading all the wonderful information you so lovingly share with the world.
    Sincere thanks from Miami, Florida

  7. nice collection of knitting patterns, i got because of you. i want some help from you regarding designing of various knitting patterns.

  8. I know you’ve been super busy this year, but when are you bringing out your next issue of textisles? I wait with baited breath!

  9. Hallo Kate, I bought a print version of Warriston more than a year ago but have only just found out about it’s link to Textisles 1. Could you send me a copy please? My discovery of Textisles 2 online was my introduction to your designs – the Betty Mouat Cowl was my first attempt at cockleshell lace. After a recent Fairisle workshop I was thrilled by Caller Herrin and wear it everyday. Just about to start Catkin. I love the attention to detail of your patterns that helps me to learn new techniques and the history and skills of the women whose expertise I am completely in awe of. Thankyou

  10. Hi kate – decided to buy your “Textiles Issue 2″, but when I came to pay for it, the price had mysteriously increased to £4.95. Is this a mistake ?

  11. please can you tell me where i can buy argyll ambridge chunky knitting wool from as i have a pattern for a jumper which is over 30 years old and i would to knit it again ,but having difficulty finding the yarn or perhaps you could tell me a substitute thank you mrs ward

  12. I wish to buy a book for my wife preferably by telephone , yet your site does not seem to have this facility .Can you please help

  13. Kate I want to purchase the owl sweater plus two other patterns and put through a once off amount with pay pal and I do not see how to add items for purchase. Please let me know if this is possible

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