Blog Tour: From Folly Cove

Today I’m hosting a stop on the From Folly Cove blog tour for  Julia Farwell-Clay new collection for Classic Elite.  There’s all the news you need to know about From Folly Cove is here on Julia’s blog.
What I love about Julia’s designs, is a traditional sensibility meshed seamlessly with well thought out details that make her pieces inherently wearable and comfortable while making you feel like you’ve created a special piece for your wardrobe.
One of the things I am most curious about is where designers find their inspiration, and how they carry that inspiration forward through the design process.  I asked Julia to talk about the Kenyon Dress in From Folly Cove and to share what drew her to create this  piece.
Kenyon is inspired by Folly Cove designer Louise Kenyon’s most popular pattern is called Home Port.
Kenyon 1
Compare this to the dress and you can see the connection. I took my cues here from the horizontals, and used gansey like textures (although I don’t think any of them qualify as actual gansey patterns, in order from the bottom up, diamonds, checkerboards, a slip stitch smocking stitch, and the top row is interlocking hearts).  The stripes used to outline each section are also nautical in their design inspiration. They come from french striped sailor shirts, called Marinières.
Kenyon 2
Another special detail is the lace hem of this dress, which echoes both the nautical theme and the texture from the bodice. I think it also gives the dress a playful feel, reminding me of waves rolling into the beach.
Kenyon 3
Today’s prize is for the Kenyon Dress.  Leave a comment on this post, telling us which pattern in Julia’s new collection you would like to knit most and why, and we will use a random number generator to award one of you a free copy of the pattern. Deadline for comments is Thursday February 5 at 5 pm Eastern.
Meanwhile, the whole collection is 10% off on Ravelry all week, so enter the code FFC10 at checkout for your 10% discount on any purchase of one or more of the collection’s patterns,  or even the whole ebook!
Tomorrow, the blog tour continues with Talitha Kuomi.  At the end of the week, check into the Classic Elite Blog for a chance to win yarn for the project of your choice from the book.

 

Comments

  1. While I like all of the patterns in the collection, I’m immediately drawn to Kenyon. I would to a CF version and do a sweater version.

  2. First thing I did was clicked through to see what Folly Cove was. Looking at the thumbnails on Ravelry I was struck by several of the pieces (hello, Meteori Shawl!).

    But the Kenyon Dress was the one that most attracted me (I’m still on the hunt for stripy sweaters!). I didn’t enlarge it, so I didn’t see the detail until I returned here – now it’s definitely on my list.

    I would shorten it to sweater length, but keep the ruffly trim. And I might use all one colour or a monochromatic shading for the stripes. Love the bands of subtle texture!

  3. sharonstewart@alum.mit.edu says:

    I love this dress! I took a look at the other Folly Cove patterns, they’re wonderful. Especially the Annisquam Beret. I love things with reverse stockinette ridges. Woot!
    I liived in Massachusetts in the 70’s &80’s, had never heard of the Folly Cove group til now. Love learning new things!!

  4. neneni70@yahoo.com says:

    Great details on this dress! And, of course, I live the little pops of color. You could have fun with those! 🙂

  5. I love Hetty’s Garden Coat. It is fresh, yet classic, and will stand the test of time. The Kenyon Dress is wonderful for the same reasons, and could be made to look very casual or super dressy. Kudos to Julia for a wonderful collection.

  6. Wow!! What a pretty dress! I like that is is seemingly simple – but a closer look reveals intricate details. It looks eminently wearable.

  7. What a lovely collection, right now I can think of at least 5 patterns off the bat that I would love to make. First one would be the Natti pullover, it’s just beautiful.

  8. stacy collingham says:

    This dress is wonderful. Still leaning towards the Burton Hills jacket as my favorite but by the time I get to knit it, it might be too warm in spring. The dress on the other hand…

  9. Stardancer says:

    I think my favorite is the Meteori shawl, but this dress is really cute. I especially like the lace at the hem.

  10. I love Julia’s patterns!! I’m torn between the Kenyon Dress and the Curtis Skirt. I don’t know which I want to knit more!!

  11. Oooh! Lanesville Pullover the waist details is so unique. So many colour options ….

  12. These are beautiful. I love the Cape Anne Stole.

  13. I really love that dress!!! I have seen a lot of nice patterns in the collection, but that dress might be my favorite.

  14. I am quite torn between the Kenyon dress and Lanesville pullover. I think I have to go with the latter, though. Sport-weight garments just look so lovely, and the pretty waist stripe and bow really call to me. I also love the shoulders, and can’t articulate why…

  15. Sam Price says:

    I love the detail on the Lanesville Pullover!

  16. Lanesville pullover for me too. I really want to win this collection bc I am a great admirer of Virginia Lee Burton.

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