The Amazing Shirley Paden

"New York Noir" Grey jacket by Shirley Paden, Vogue Knitting Winter 2007

You may know Shirley Paden from her designs which are a regular feature in Vogue Knitting & Interweave Knits or you may know Shirley Paden from her exclusive Design Masterclass which is currently taught at her New York studio (and now Knit Nation along with a Colourwork Masterclass for Fair Isle & Intarsia).

Either way, you should definitely check out her new book Knitwear Design Workshop which Shirley recently published as a partner to her Design Masterclass.  The 344 page spiral bound graduate-level reference book takes you through the design process, from conception to execution t0 finishing with clear succinct instructions, charts, sketches, diagrams and mathematical conversion formulas for all the steps in between. If you want to learn how to put a garment together with the skill of a couturier, this book will show you how. Using five basic body silhouettes as the design architecture (Classic, Drop-Shoulder, Double Taper, Single-Taper & Reverse-Taper), the book then guides you through adding the design elements – armhole shaping, sleeves, necklines and collars plus stitch pattern and yarn – to create a custom fit garment.

Shirley Paden's awesome book Knitwear Design Workshop

I managed to relieve a friend of 5 skeins off Dream in Color Classy in Petal Shower…. I have a spring cardigan in mind… something casual yet classy. Am looking forward to experimenting and learning from Shirley’s book.

Dream in Color Petal Shower

Oh and I keep meaning to show you these sheep! These were displayed in the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour during Design Week.  They are sculptures made with 20,000 rolled up pages from old books.

Happy Easter!


One thought on “The Amazing Shirley Paden

  1. Love the website’s new look : very crisp and fresh.
    And the sheep are just adorable : wool and book, what coud beat that ? maybe some nice drink and cake on top of that ? :0)
    Happy Easter !

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