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Shophouse Tee by yamagara

Shophouse Tee by yamagara

Today we're sharing our conversation with designer yamagara (Bernice). She designed a fresh summer sweater for Issue 24 inspired by the traditional architecture of shophouses in Singapore. Hearing about Bernice's happy memories of growing up in a shophouse makes us feel like just casting on this design will bring some extra joy along with it. amirisu: What, if any, challenges did you encounter during the design process? yamagara: The facades of traditional shophouses in Singapore are rather ornate and colourful. In the initial stage of designing, I found myself making sketches of many different ideas, including colourwork, and liking them all. The challenge in this situation...

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Lulu by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

Lulu by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

The Lulu shawl featured in Issue 24 has a frilly border but still maintains a casual feel appropriate for everyday. We're checking in with designer Romi to learn more about this design and its careful balance of sweet and cool, as well as a little bit about her favorite place where she grew up and her first encounters with making. She even tells us a little bit about the tradition of hand and arm tattoos among Croatian women, so keep reading to the end! amirisu: What, if any, challenges did you encounter during the design process?Romi: I based my design on my...

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Umibata by Tokuko Ochiai

Umibata by Tokuko Ochiai

Today we're sharing our interview with Tokuko about her design for Issue 24, Umibata ("Seaside"). When you picture the ocean, what kind of scenery comes to mind? The subtle narrowing stripes of Tokuko's vest design were inspired by childhood memories of the ocean around her hometown. We hope it will rekindle some of your own seaside memories! amirisu: What challenges did you encounter during the design process?Tokuko: With the theme of “Heritage” I knew I wanted to make something inspired by Nagasaki, my where I was born, and I chose the sea as my concept. But I knit a lot of swatches and hesitated to finalize the design...

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Scallops and Blooms by Dianna Walla

Scallops and Blooms by Dianna Walla

The Issue 24 KAL has begun! Have you joined in yet? The KAL will run until August 25, so be sure to tag your WIPs and finished projects from Issue 24 with the tag #amirisu24kal over on Instagram to join the fun! Today we're talking with designer Dianna Walla, whose work we just can't get enough of! In fact we've had the honor of featuring her designs in each of the last 3 issues. For Issue 24, she created a shawl that incorporates both crochet and embroidery, the combination makes for an understated yet retro look that goes with everything. amirisu: What challenges did...

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