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.