Indie June: Ambah O’Brien
Designer of amazing knitwear and accessories, Ambah O’Brien has a lot to share about style, fashion, and the challenge of designing something new and exciting.
What is your favourite thing to design?
Shawls, hands down! There are just so many possibilities and I wear them all the time.
Thank you everyone, the test is now full 💚 A peek at my new design and to let you know I have posted a test call for this over in my Ravelry group. The Nereid Shawl featuring gorgeous yarn from @lafeefil including the stunning green/grey gradient I was obsessing about for so long, beautifully speckled, teamed with a speckled neutral. #ambahobrien #lafeefilyarn #chromacollection2016
How would you describe your style?
I design contemporary knitwear patterns, with a nod to retro and geometric design.
When designing a shawl, how do you decide what shape to go with?
To begin, I love tapered ends, it suits the way I like to wear a shawl, so most often a triangular or bias wrap are the shapes I’ll go with. I love to experiment with construction and explore a range of shapes beyond these. Sometimes the idea will just pop into my head, other times a result of sketching out thoughts will bring me to a shape.
What are your starting points for designing a shawl?
That varies greatly from wanting to incorporate particular yarn or colours into a design, to beginning with a shape or concept and designing from there.
And bound off! This has been a bit epic, with the re-knit occurring half way through. I can’t wait to see this blocked and in its final glory. Right now it’s a cloud of the most lovely grey – gorgeous silk merino lace yarn from @amelia_put I’m pretty excited about the next shawl I have planned, cast on tomorrow- there was going to be a hat next, but I can’t get this shawl out of my head, so shawl it is! #newdesign #ambahobrien #papiputyarn #knitting
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What is the hardest part of designing a shawl?
Being certain that it will work! Sometimes I finish a design and only then know that I need to rip it out and start again, even though it is hard to do at the time, I am always more satisfied with the end result.
Can one ever have enough shawls?
Do you have any tips for wearing a shawl?
I like to wear mine more like a scarf, with the point/centre at the front and the ends wrapped around and either dangled in front or ties – hence my desire for tapered ends. I also like to wear it draped around my neck and the ends dangling in front, not wrapped.
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Last updated: July 26th, 2016.