Rowan is pleased to announce that Marie Wallin, Rowan’s Head Designer is launching her own website – www.mariewallin.com on Thursday 23rd May 2013. Marie will continue in her role as Head Designer and will still be responsible for all creative aspects of the Rowan magazine and publications, including conception of the collections, designing, art directing and styling the magazine photography shoots and at least one brochure each season. She will also continue to contribute to new yarn development and develop the new colours each season.
Marie says, “Rowan has given me this amazing opportunity to combine my role as Rowan Head Designer with developing my own business ‘Marie Wallin Designs Ltd’. On my website I will be offering creative handknit and crochet workshops from my home village in Leicestershire and in the very near future I will be able to offer exclusive designs for the home, accessories and garments – all in Rowan yarn of course!”
On my website I have a lovely Portfolio page which at the moment shows some of my favourite designs that I have created for Rowan. Click on an image and it will expand to full size with a link to the Rowan website. Some of these images will change each month and in the future some will be replaced by my exclusive designs.
The Pattern page at the moment does not open any patterns, but I’m hoping to offer some new patterns in July. The patterns will be available mainly as paid downloads but I will be offering free patterns from time to time. Just keep looking!
From my website you will also be able to access my blog. I’m really looking forward to being able to give you an insight into my role as Rowan Head Designer as well as my design work and workshops. I also have the great opportunity to talk about everything that inspires and interests me, ranging from craft, art, photography, textiles, textile history, gardening, cooking, my dog Norah, village life and not forgetting knitting and crochet!
I hope you will take the time to visit my website and blog. I’m in the process of updating my Facebook page and I’ve just opened a Twitter and Pinterest account, so you will be able to follow me via these as well. I welcome any feedback and comments regarding my new venture via my blog or by email - just see the Contact page.
MARIE WALLIN CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
I want my creative workshops to inspire you to create something special and to develop your creative hand knit and crochet skills. The workshops will be suitable for average knitters, those wishing to improve their design skills further, as well as confident beginners. Although the projects use different techniques they are mostly created from basic hand knit and crochet stitches and therefore should be achievable by those new to hand knitting and crochet.
Each workshop will be hosted by myself and will be worked around a specific project. The project will be an exclusive design or designs and will be an item to wear, for the home or a decorative piece. I want the workshops to be fun, friendly and creative in the comfortable surroundings of the Village Hall in Marie’s home village of Hoby, Leicestershire.
The first creative workshop is planned for Saturday 22nd June and will be an introduction to 3D knitting. You will be able to make a lovely 3D cushion using Rowan Frost with a choice of two cushion fronts: an origami front or a vertical ripple front, the choice is yours. You will be given the patterns for both cushions and enough yarn to complete one cushion.
“These are exciting times for me and I hope that you will support me in my new venture and in my continuing role as Rowan Head Designer.”