A new book by Andrea Jurgrau is out, featuring a collection of lovely lace inspired by knits of the past. More than patterns, she takes the time to guide the reader through her design process; explaining how she interprets an antique pattern into something new, different, and oh-so-lovely.
New Vintage Lace is available now from Interweave, and features shawls, scarves, wraps, and hats that Andrea designed based on original lace doily patterns.
A nurse and wonderful lace designer, Andrea has a structured way of working that I find inspiring. The book is beautiful, and the projects timeless. I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea as I explored the pages of her book.
Read through the interview, and then find out how you can win your very own copy of New Vintage Lace!
[KW]: If you could have a retreat weekend with 3 knitters/fiber artists (living or dead), who would you invite, and what about their work inspires you to learn more from them?
[AJ]: Only three? That is tough. Elizabeth Zimmermann would be right up there. How about Herbert Neibling? Maybe Marianne Kinzel? But I would also love to chat with Hazel Carter and Evelyn Clark. EZ was the knitting author I first found as a teenager and I loved her approached. No spoon feeding. Knitting is for thinking people. She taught me that there are no rules knitters have to follow. I would love to chat with Mr. Neibling about his design process and charting. But if I think more about it I could continue on with the list of knitters I want to meet!
[KW]: How do you store/catalog your vintage patterns?
[AJ]: I keep them in binders on a shelf, but have started to scan them and have many stored on my computer/CDs now. I have them in folders by style and or probable designer.
[KW]: Any plans for another book?
[AJ]: Indeed. I already have more than half of the pieces knit and out with test knitter! Say no more!
[KW]: Is there a "purl of wisdom" that you'd like to share with other knitter/crocheters out there?
[AJ]: I like to remind people that knitting is a pleasure. I knit as the "zen" in my otherwise hectic and often emotionally draining professional life as a healthcare provider. Knitting is about the process for me. I also spin yarn, for the same pleasure. Try not to get hung up on the product and live more in the process. It works for me!
All photos courtesy Interweave Knits.
I have a copy of New Vintage Lace to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, simply post a comment on this post by midnight, July 1, 2014. I'll do a drawing on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 to announce the winner!
Thank you to everyone who posted a comment about Andrea's book! There were 10 comments before the deadline for the drawing, and the random number generator chose #8 as the winner!
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