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Saturday, July 19, 2014

knitting as art

The other morning I was adjusting a small wall quilt the other day and I started thinking about how much I love to be able to display my sewing. A lot of my sewing is practical and by nature is out and used daily (pillow cases, kitchen towels, quilts, etc). That got me thinking about my knitting.

Sure, I am regularly found with a scarf, shawl or cowl around my neck. This is a great way to display my knitting, but what about the rest of it? The pieces that are not in current rotation? The shawls that have lace panels are beautiful and a lot of work and I wanted a way to display them as art pieces, so that I can continually be inspired by what I've done. 

After realizing a "shawl wall" wasn't very practical if I wanted to be able to wear anything from the display, I decided to try a quilt ladder, only this one would hold knitting projects.**

I used this tutorial because it seemed affordable, simple and matched some of the furniture styles in our house already. I can also disassemble it if needed. Mine is about 5 feet tall and then it leans about 4-6 inches from the wall. I haven't decided if I want to paint it or stain it but for now we're enjoying the natural wood tones. After arranging things over and over again I realized that i've never knit anything in yellow! I love a deep golden, mustard tone of yellow so that will be next on my list. Not pictured is my lavender/pinkish Romney Kerchief but even so, it is easy to see that I favor blues and greens in my knitting! 

I'm also picturing a few draw pulls on the sides for cowls and hats as they don't drape as easily over the rungs of the ladder. Maybe something like these:

source: 1/2/3/4/5

**side note: i brought the ladder outside to photograph as the lighting is far superior. Also, I can show off my plants that I've managed to keep alive!

1 comment:

Juliann in WA said...

Well done and those little handle pulls will be fun!