From Folly Cove

When we began thinking about our Viewpoints collaborations, Julia Farwell-Clay came to mind. I have long admired her designs and she is local to our CEY offices - a regular visitor to our factory outlet store. One day, while she was innocently browsing for yarn, I cornered her and asked if she would be interested in doing a collection with CEY and what her concept for such a collection would be. I heard back from her just a few days later and was blown away by the depth and breadth of her inspiration and design ideas. We immediately started talking yarn and deadlines and photography and neither of us has looked back!


Julia’s idea centered around Illustrator Virginia Lee Burton, best known for her children’s books.
books by Virginia Lee Burton
Virginia Lee Burton taught an informal design course to her neighbors in Gloucester Massachusetts in the late 1930s that, over time, grew into a design guild producing beautiful block printed fabrics. Known as the The Folly Cove Designers, their popularity grew and the group remained active until 1970, the year after Virginia Lee Burton’s death. 

Their artwork and incredible block prints are so beautiful and varied, Julia had enough design ideas for several books. We narrowed down the focus and Julia got busy knitting. The Arts and Crafts feel of the Folly Cove Designers blends well with Julia's signature style. The results are timeless, yet have a modern vibe. 
Butterflies, blocked printed fabric by Elizabeth Iarrobino a member of The Folly Cove Designers
Iarrobino Vest and Cowl in Fresco by Julia Farwell-Clay, inspired by Butterflies fabric above
In addition to the Iarrobino cowl and vest, From Folly Cove contains nine more outstanding designs, including a dress, a skirt, and jackets and coats. All designs are available now at your LYS, online as individual pdfs, and as a downloadable ebook. 










20 comments:

  1. Looks like a winner. Is that fabric perchance "block printed", rather than blocked? If so, I'd love to hear more about the process.

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  2. I love the way the printed fabric pattern is translated into a knitted design. It gives me great hopes for this book. Wanting to see more.
    atreidesb on Ravelry

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  3. This book has me fascinated about the Folly's cove fabric, I can't wait to look at the book and see what each knit garment was inspired by!

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  4. The Metiori Shawl is my favorite in the collection -
    the yarn is gorgeous.

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  5. I am really looking forward to the patterns in this book.

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  6. I am really looking forward to the patterns in this book.

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  7. I cast on for Annisquam immediately! But it was so hard to choose. I can't remember the last time I wanted to make every design in a collection!

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  8. Beautiful collection, and I look forward to adding more of Julia's clever techniques and gorgeous detailing to my repetoire. LOVE Hetty's Garden Coat, Annisquam Beret and Meteori Shawl. Kudos!

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  9. Very pretty patterns. The Annisquam Beret is simply lovely.

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  10. So glad that Classic Elite supported this wonderful and unusual collection! I've loved learning more about the Folly Cove project and the designs are terrific. Love the Burton coat in particular!

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  11. Beautiful collection, and I've been having a great time following the blog tour! Thanks to all involvedM

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  12. The designs are wonderful, but I expected that. I am going to make the Burton coat as soon as possible

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  13. The patterns are all wonderful. I can't wait to cast on the Burton coat - it will get a lot of wear!

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  14. After taking the blog tour featuring each design this past week and having the opportunity to give each design a closer look, I would love to cast on the Natti turtleneck .... so cozy and lush. Thank you again for a wonderful new collection of patterns that are classic and classy in every way.

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  15. Love the inspiration and love Julia's designs!

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  16. Love this collection...especially Meteori

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  17. Thanks for supporting Julia's design efforts. This is a great collection!

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  18. Terrific collection of patterns. It is hard to decide where to start because they all look fun to knit and they look very wearable and handsome.

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  19. What a nice collection of patterns! This was a good way to promote them and let us look at each one in depth. They will be fun to make.

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  20. Let's hear it for the Burton Coat! Thanks

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