It’s a Shawl Thing…
Based in East Grinstead, designer-maker Arianna Tremayne knits fabulous shawls for the discerning under the banner Love Lace Designs. ingénu/e magazine caught up with Arianna to tell us about herself and her work.
“I am an artisan who hand knits timeless luxury accessories with a modern twist. I love the interplay between colour and texture and the endless possibilities available in handknitting. Although I like to try out different yarns, I always come back to the woolly, tweedy pure wools made in Britain.
I have a passion for style and beauty and I strive to incorporate this within my products. I am most happy when the wearer of one of my shawls looks and feels beautiful, gets complimented or attracts positive attention. The colours I use usually change with the seasons, but I love to work with strong clear shades to spice up an outfit. This is especially true in winter, when the light fades early and the skies are grey.”
How did you come to start making shawls?
“I was born into an artistic family and had an interest in fashion from an early age. I also have always been crafty, and tried my hand at many different things: from embroidery to sewing, from macramé knotting to watercolour painting, from upholstering to restoring furniture, I did it all. In the mid 80’s I worked in a yarn shop where I started knitting (and selling) my own jumpers, created a fashion show with one of my friends, and couldn’t put down the needles. I stopped knitting, however, when my employment at this shop came to an end.
“I picked up the needles again in 2008 – to knit a pair of Fair Isle socks for my dad – and my interest started to evolve from there. The Internet provided a rich source of information, YouTube videos for different stitches and techniques were available and from watching and learning I developed a passion for lace knitting and the traditional shawls of Shetland and Estonia. I found knitting the perfect outlet for my creativity.”
Do you work to a pre-set pattern or do you make your own pattern – and if so, what inspires or influences you?
“I work from patterns as well as make up my own designs. I usually have an image in mind of what I would like to create and if a pattern for it is available, I adapt it to suit my style. If not, I make one up.
The ever-changing colours of nature inspire me as much as the heirloom lace knitting history of Estonia and the Shetland Isles and also the quirky fashion of Tokyo’s Harajuku area. I try to create something that incorporates classic as well as quirky elements.”
Where can people find more examples of your work and how can they buy a shawl?
“I have a shop on Etsy, Love Lace Design, where I offer a selection of in-stock items. I can be contacted via the Etsy convo system for any customised orders, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lovelacedesign/ I can also be found at my dedicated page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ariannasknitsanddesigns/ I will have a pop-up stall as part of the Etsy Made Local Christmas Market at Drapers Yard in Chichester from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December. I will also have a stall at the Saint Hill Christmas Market, East Grinstead RH19 4JY, on the 9th of December.”