Category Archives: knitwear

Crochet Is Here To Stay!

As trends come and go, and ebb and flow, we often see the resurgence of Crochet in fashion. It is often the ‘go-to’ technique when designers are inspired by such periods as the luxe Victorian Era, the hippie-chic ’60s, or their own resort getaways to the islands. Crochet’s beauty is timeless and it is always exciting to see how the fashion industry finds ways to make it new again.

Crochet’s history is both mysterious and modern, being a much newer handcraft than it’s close cousins, Lacework and Knitting. And although many different countries and cultures claim Crochet as their own, it is safe to say the influence of these various craftspeople over the past few centuries has made an indelible mark on the evolution of this intricate medium.

Research suggests that crochet probably developed most directly from Chinese needlework, a very ancient form of embroidery known in Turkey, India, Persia and North Africa, which reached Europe in the 1700s and was referred to as “tambouring,” from the French “tambour” or drum. In this technique, a background fabric is stretched taut on a frame. The working thread is held underneath the fabric. A needle with a hook is inserted downward and a loop of the working thread drawn up through the fabric. With the loop still on the hook, the hook is then inserted a little farther along and another loop of the working thread is drawn up and worked through the first loop to form a chain stitch. The tambour hooks were as thin as sewing needles, so the work must have been accomplished with very fine thread.

At the end of the 18th century, tambour evolved into what the French called “crochet in the air,” when the background fabric was discarded and the stitch worked on its own.

Crochet began turning up in Europe in the early 1800s and was given a tremendous boost by Mlle. Riego de la Branchardiere, who was best known for her ability to take old-style needle and bobbin lace designs and turn them into crochet patterns that could easily be duplicated. She published many pattern books so that millions of women could begin to copy her designs. Mlle. Riego also claimed to have invented “lace-like” crochet,” today called Irish crochet.

In early centuries, man – and it was the job of the men – created his handwork for practical purposes. Hunters and fishermen created knotted strands of woven fibers, cords or strips of cloth to trap animals and snare fish or birds. Other uses included knotted game bags, fishing nets and open- worked cooking utensils.

Handwork was expanded to include personal decoration for special occasions such as religious rites, celebrations, marriages or funerals. One might see ceremonial costumes with crochet- like ornamentation and decorative trimmings for arms, ankles and wrists.

Moving forward to Victorian times, crochet patterns became available for flowerpot holders, bird cage covers, baskets for visiting cards, lamp mats and shades, wastepaper baskets, tablecloths, antimacassars (or “antis,” covers to protect chairbacks from the hair oil worn by the men in the mid- 1800s), tobacco pouches, purses, men’s caps and waistcoats, even a rug with footwarmers to be placed under the card table for card players.

From 1900 to 1930 women were also busy crocheting afghans, slumber rugs, traveling rugs, chaise lounge rugs, sleigh rugs, car rugs, cushions, coffee- and teapot cozies and hot-water bottle covers. It was during this time that potholders made their frrst appearance and became a staple of the crocheter’s repertoire.

Now, of course, anything goes. In the 1960s and 1970s crochet took off as a freeform means of expression that can be seen today in three-dimensional sculptures, articles of clothing, or rugs and tapestries that depict abstract and realistic designs and scenes.

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Daisys Are In The Air

Spring is almost here. So that means Blue Candies Daisy Dukes are on their way with bold colors and fresh new designs. Beautifully crafted handmade designs with very subtle and intricate details. Here I am below featured in an old design. Which I must say is still quite cute. But the new designs have greatly improved upon the old designs. So stay tuned new designs coming soon.

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Learn From The Master of Branding Himself

As the keynote speaker at the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, Tom Ford dished out a generous serving of advice to the young designers in the crowd. Here are his top tips for building a brand with your name on it:

1. “Trust your instincts when it comes to design.”

2. “Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. Ever.”

3. “Decide for you if fashion is an art or an artistic business. This will affect how you set up your company.”

4. “If your president or chief executive officer thinks they know the difference between dark burgundy and aubergine, fire them.”

5. “If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.”

6. “We have to have genius creative thoughts precisely four times a year and on exact dates.”

7. “You have a voice that can influence contemporary culture as much or more than anything else.”

8. “Know your ideal client — the dream person you design for, your fantasy muse, so to speak.”

9. “If your brand is to have a strong identity, it must come from you and not from a committee.”

10. “Have a five-year plan, a 10-year plan, even a 20-year plan. And possibly an exit strategy.”

11. “Remember that our customers do not need our clothes.”

12. “Try to remain positive. I struggle with this one too.”

13. “Find a great business partner and don’t let them go. This is absolutely key.”

14. “Be thankful to all those who help you on the way up. You won’t get there without them. Cherish them, and don’t forget them.”

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Scott Schuman on building a personal brand

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Time for your Own Facebook Store!

Do you have a product or fashion line you are trying to sell and don’t know where to begin? What about help with promotion or building a Website for selling that fashion line? Ever heard of Shopify? It’s fantastic! You can have your very own Facebook Store.Everything is done for you all you have to do is upload your product photos. Shopping cart included. I love my store and right now you can get your very own with a 14 day free trial just to see if you like it or not. Get Your Very Own Store Today!

 

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Support The Arts

As you all know I will be ripping the runway in Orlando this November.  I am so excited, just another plateau In helping fulfill my dreams of being a designer.  So Blue Candies is in need of sponsors. I know times are hard for everyone so any donation will do. Even a $1. If you would like sponsorship with marketing packages.  I’m doing the following.

$25 -Gets your Business Card Passed out at the event.

$50 – Gets your business card passed out at the event and promotion as a sponsor and Advertising on all social media and sites that Blue Candies promotes on. Name and Logo on Flyer

$100- Gets your business card passed out at the event, promotion as a sponsor,  advertising on all social media sites that Blue Candies promotes on, name and logo on flyer and a Free Blue Candies T- shirt and flip flops.

Please send any and all donations Via PayPal to bluemodelmanagementcincinnati@gmail.com and please put Orlando Sponsorship in the Memo.

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Released on: June 5 2015, 2:00pm

Press Release Author: Charlene Kimber/BlueCandies

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Industry: Fashion

Blue Candies By Charlene Kimber creator of the Luxury Knitwear Brand Blue Candies is proud to announce the launch of Blue Candies footwear.  Bringing the luxuries of summer to life with its new “Flip Flops” product suite. The new design features knitwear and Blue Candies Signature Daisy Logo.

Charming designs make the footwear products offered by Blue Candies stand out against those of other makers. The release of the “Flip Flops” design will further enhance the fun and lovable existing collection of designer knitwear and apparel.

June 1 2015 marked the launch of “Flip Flops” by Blue Candies through its fan page, http://www.facebook.com/BabeBlueCandies. These warm weather sandals are comfortable, light and boast summertime colors that accentuate them. Offering one, lighthearted designs, and a personal touch and feel to the modern day “Flip Flop”.

Blue Candies is always grabbing the attention of consumers with its brightly colored unique and enjoyable designs. The new “Flip Flops” designs fit right into the collection and give Fashionistas a new way to dress and shop.

About Blue Candies:

Since its launch in 2011, Blue Candies has grown its assortment designs to include everyone’s taste. While offering many patterns and products to suit the interests of many personalities, Blue Candies also offers custom formats in all of its designs. Visit Blue Candies and fall in love with one of the many unique designs!

The Benefits Of Wearing High Heels

It is pretty obvious that wearing a good pair of high heels would  make you look taller. However, this is actually not the only benefit that you can derive from it. Wearing high heels can actually help in making your calves look great, even if they are out of shape. There is no need to choose super high heels for this, since any kind of heel length would do.

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