Here are the pieces in my workshop at DarbaVieta (Riga, Latvia) before they were sent off to New York. Pardon the blurry pics - most of them are taken during late hours. It is my obligation to remind you that all pieces are crocheted not knitted :)
All pieces designed by Leila Shams made by Linda Skuja
If you've been wondering what have I been up to all December long... here it is - I made 7 crochet pieces for Leila Shams Fall/Winter 2014 collection that was shown during New York Fashion Week on 12th of February.
Leila's a great designer and I was really happy to work for her again. Her aesthetic is close to my avant-garde side of style - so applause to her for daring to make it real and wearable.
After sending her the first pieces I received a flattering review from her: "Linda from Eleven Handmade is amazing! I sent her this Fall 14
sketch and got this perfect sample unbelievably fast. I work with giant
factories in China that can't pull that off in months! We met on Etsy - I
hope this is the future of sourcing - designers working with designers".
Happy to see Torquay Jumper as #4 in Inside Crochet editors' favorite designs list!
Photo by Britt Spring
Here's what Claire Montgomerie says about it: "A hit with her first pattern for the magazine, Linda also has a lovely
top for summer in issue 44. This sweater is in the list because it is so
versatile - make it in cotton for summer and wool for winter. The
dropped stitch technique is really original and fun to work. This was
the first sun we ever had on a shoot, believe it or not! The sweater was
perfect wear for a balmy summers day."