The last couple of years have seen an increase in popularity for more experimental, chunkier and bigger textiles. Yarns have been developed at least twice the size, which are then stitched or knitted with needles the size of broomsticks, or trapped in a warp making a chunky yet textured weave. This large-scale yarn really emphasises the textile techniques used as well as making your home extremely cosy.
Charlotte Lancelot’s collection for GAN consists of large-scale embroideries. Using the traditional cross-stitch technique, she stitches abstract patterns and pixilated florals, which become visible when viewed from a distance. Her work is available as rugs, poufs and cushions all in 100% felted Wool.
Hand-knitted jumpers inspired Patricia Urquiola’s collection for GAN. She combines woven and knitted techniques using a felted yarn allowing the stretch in the knit to form shapes reminiscent of a cuff or edge of a jumper.
Woven has recently welcomed Melanie Porter’s hand knitted cushions and throws along with her decorative lampshades. Melanie creates her own hand spun and felted yarn which she calls ‘fat bubba’, it features in her own products as well as being available for your own hand knitting. A mixture of stitches are used in Melanie Porter’s work such as the traditional stocking stitch along with a herringbone and bobble stitch to add texture to her work.