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An exploration of art history through modern hand knits. By using silhouettes from previous eras we can learn to flatter our bodies.

UPDATE

I am entirely blown away. At the point I write this I'm a little more than $500 away from my stated Kickstarter goal, 18 hours after going live with my project. Thank you!

Your enthusiasm has galvanized me to work harder and smarter on this book so I can make ALL of you proud!

After I've reached the goal I will CONTINUE to raise funds to cover all of the expenses involved in finishing, photographing, editing & printing the book.

GOAL REACHED doesn't mean the fundraising automatically ends.  Please pass along the link to the Kickstarter project to anyone you know who might be interested.  My actual goal is actually about half of the total amount required for printing, photography, licensing, etc.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

We think of fashion as changing, evolving, but it's not often that we actually consider the CONSTRUCTION of garments as an evolutionary process.

Current garments flatter our modern sense of beauty, but in reality women come in many shapes and sizes, some of which look best in non-modern cuts of clothing.

Amalie Shrawl, Inspiration
Alexandra Amalie von Bayern (1826-1875)
by Joseph Karl Stieler (1781–1858)

By using shaping and draping techniques from a previous periods married with modern knitting and pattern writing techniques, I've created a collection of hand knit garments that reflect a historic feeling without being "costumey"

I've drawn my inspiration from artworks throughout history; paintings, statues and funeral effigies.  I'm hoping that this will be the first in a series of books that explore how different methods of cutting and patterning garments can flatter different body types.

WHAT'S IN THE BOOK?

This book will include 20 patterns based on images from art history including cardigans, pullovers and accessories written for all level of knitters.  Full charts & written instructions will accompany each pattern.

Gripsholm Jacket, Finished

Some designs adhere closely to the original inspiration, some will stray a bit, while keeping the general integrity of the source material.

Gripsholm Jacket, Inspiration
The Gripsholm Portrait,
though to be Elizabeth I of England
Artist Unknown, c 1563

WHY I NEED YOU

I'm publishing this in conjunction with Cooperative Press, and they're amazing!  But there are extra expenses surrounding this project, specifically the big three are:

  • Licensing fees to use museum images
  • Color printing costs
  • Travel fees for background research & photography

No matter WHAT you can give, I am VERY grateful!  I intend to make this book available in three formats:

  • Conventional, color printed soft cover book
  • ebook
  • individual, downloadable pdf pattern files

I've included these formats in the rewards section, and in some cases by committing to fund this project you may even get a bit of a price break - isn't that nice!?

THANK YOU

Thank you for funding this project, or for even considering it!  Please pass along the URL to this project, I'd love to get it SO completely funded that History on 2 Needles will become the first in a series!  YOU can make this possible!!

Tissot Jacket, In Progress

Tisso Jacket, Inspiration
Portrait of Miss L. L.1864James Tissot (1836-1902)

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    CAVE PAINTER: One PDF file of ANY pattern from the completed book, History on Two Needles. You choose the pattern, I'll send the pdf file to you when the book is complete!

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    VIKING CARVER: Two autographed copies of the printed book History on Two Needles when published + an ebook copy (additional shipping of $10 per book for non North America addresses) + any 2 individual patterns from the book + full membership in ANY of my online classes (www.knittingheretic.com)

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    ROMAN SCULPTOR: 4 autographed copies of History On Two Needles sent to anyone you like, up to 4 different addresses (additional $10 per book shipping for non North America addresses) plus 4 ebooks.

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    BYZANTINE ARCHITECT: A kit to make any single garment in the book, your choice (if the original yarn is not available or if the color is not suitable for you, a substitution will be provided. You can request a yarn/color of your choice, and IF POSSIBLE I will honor your request) PLUS one autographed copy of the printed book History on Two Needles when published + an ebook copy (additional shipping of $10 per book for non North America addresses)

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    ISLAMIC MOSAIC ARTIST: You get to name a pattern! I'll offer you a selection of patterns which remain to be named, you can pick the name (AND receive a special thank you in the book!) Plus I'll throw in 4 autographed copies of History On Two Needles sent to anyone you like, up to 4 different addresses (additional $10 per book shipping for non North America addresses) plus 4 ebooks.

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    GOTHIC ARCHITECT: You get to name a pattern AND I'll dedicate the book to a person of your choice (in addition to my own personal dedication!) I'll offer you a selection of patterns which remain to be named, you can pick the name (AND receive a special thank you in the book!) You'll also receive 4 autographed copies of History On Two Needles sent to anyone you like, up to 4 different addresses (additional $10 per book shipping for non North America addresses) plus 4 ebooks.

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    TUDOR MILLINER: I'll fly anywhere in the continental US and teach a six hour class of your choice to a group of up to 20 folks, including an ebook copy of History on Two Needles for each class member. You can choose whatever pattern you'd like me to highlight in the class, I'll teach a variety of techniques to help your group master/mistress your chosen design from the book. Plus you'll receive 4 autographed copies of History On Two Needles sent to anyone you like, up to 4 different addresses (additional $10 per book shipping for non North America addresses) plus 4 ebooks.

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    RENAISSANCE PAINTER & INVENTOR: You're the Michaelangelo, the DaVinci, the Sofonisba Anguissola of my heart! $10K? Seriously? Well, for THIS kind of money I will fly you and a friend to England* where I will meet you for a wonderful tour of London Museums & yarn shops, Canterbury Cathedral and historic Bath for a one-week ALL expenses paid, never-to-be-forgotten week of sightseeing, knitting, fashion history discussion and, if you're up for it, some hilarity and imbibing! Plus you'll receive 4 autographed copies of History On Two Needles sent to anyone you like, up to 4 different addresses (additional $10 per book shipping for non North America addresses) plus 4 ebooks. *If you want, an alternative destination can be determined - but I'll warn you that I'm MUCH better making arrangements in English speaking countries!

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