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Virginia is a Blue Mountains based artisan who creates unique pieces of wearable art using a vintage domestic knitting machine in her home studio in Katoomba. She draws her designs, often inspired by the beautiful flora of the Australian bush, and digitally edits them before sending to her machine, one of the earliest Brother machines equipped with a tiny (32kB) computer to control needle selection for patterning. The process of knitting one scarf involves knitting 1800 rows, with the wool colour being changed every 2 rows.

Many of her scarves have a gradual colour change along the length – this is achieved by pre-knitting a “blank”, hand-dyeing the gradient, then rewinding the wool back onto a cone for knitting. After knitting, each piece is finished by hand, the end stitches grafted together with needle and wool under a magnifying glass for accuracy. They are then washed to “full” the fibres, hung to dry with weights attached to set the stitches and shape (“block”) the scarf, and completed with a steam pressing.

Virginia uses mostly Australian-grown extra fine merino or a sustainable cotton/cashmere blend to create her pieces, much of it having been purchased from other makers and manufacturers who have ceased production.

She also produces luxurious fingerless mittens from alpaca and her own hand-dyed fine merino.

Virginia’s Japanese-made knitting machines are over 30 years old and have been lovingly restored and maintained by her so they can continue to create beautiful textiles for many years to come.

Scarf orders with existing designs and different colours are welcome. Please contact her through any of the following social media platforms or email virginiaburrowdesign@gmail.com

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Virginia’s online store (Etsy)

 

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