The Mind of a Designer: Julia Farwell-Clay

October 24, 2016

Rule No. 1 Mug

A sturdy diner mug with a message that can get you to the other side of intarsia.



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  • I look forward to column Julia, especially as you explore process of taking your swatches to actual designs and more. Thanks in advance!

  • This autumn I’ve become obsessed with fungi, creeping through nature preserves with camera in hand. I’m thinking something special will come of this. Thanks for framing my inspiration!

  • Hi, Julia. How nice to run into you here!

  • Always a pleasure to “hear” Julia’s voice.

  • The brick picture with the daisies is a revelation!

  • Yeah Julia! Well said. I cannot wait to look over your shoulder as you design.

  • There are no coincidences. I came across a vest from Julia only last week-my first initation to her designs. I bookmarked the vest and then came many of her others. Thank you for more insight!

  • Yay Julia! And Yay Shetland!

  • I love the thought about connecting the environment around you with your knitting, I do this too. xo

  • Wonderful piece. I’m going on the Great Shetland Adventure in July of 2017 and cannot wait. Your reflections make me even more excited about going.

  • Hi Julia,
    Nice start to your column, looking forward to future pieces. Now to decide which project to start: The Niela Cowl or Metronome!

  • So exciting to hear of and see the details of your Shetland adventures; how I would love to do that! Especially exciting to me that you see the patterns in your surroundings and relate it to the peeries and let it inform your creative process! I love that and do it too, all the time. I’m looking forward to your articles and designs–(my Hiro is still one of my favorite sweaters).

  • Hi Julia, nice to see you here, and to read your always interesting posts! knitting in Shetland sounds very different from my experience of 25 years ago…

  • I look forward to your articles and designs this upcoming year. Enjoyed the recent Inspiration!