haute-couture designs

Thursday, July 19, 2007


this is a special project of mine, i sketched the line i wanted to get and i got exactly "IT". i wanted the sleeves and the bottom to start off with a zigzag hem, then hug the arms...
i wanted an interesting floral lace too, what i added to it is the collar while knitting, it hit me that it may be just the thing for it but wanted to see if i had enough yarn.
what i learned from this project is the "kitchener" stitching to assemble both parts of the sleeves. i also learned that my math calculations were good, haha, that this was a huge project that i'd have to sell for what it is worth, not less or it's not worth selling. comments?

quand je fais des projets entierement personnels voici ce que ca donne. je voulais ne me mettre aucune contrainte, ni de temps ni de technique.
regardez bien le point, ne vous rappelle-t-il pas des chardons?!
mon premier tableau en peinture a l'huile figurait des chardons et des bleuets, j'aimerais refaire ce pull en couleur "bleuet". avis aux amateurs.



Blogger Rositta said...

That is a fabulous pattern, can you every sell handknits for what they are really worth?...ciao

7/20/07, 1:44 AM  
Blogger Zaz said...

awww, thank you so much rositta, how did you know i had put up new stuff? i am seeing a professional who's telling me to keep track of my knitting hours and calculating them... it does make one see the hours spent and how poorly we get payed and how much we are worth. i am also curruntly looking for handknitters as well as looking for "usines" who will machine-knit for me... (different way of designing).

7/20/07, 3:02 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

I know when everyone posts that I keep track of through Bloglines. I used to run into the problem of pricing my pottery and thought I was fair. Then the local potters told me I was undercharging. So, I started charging $15 bucks an hour and material, it kind of worked out. Mostly I did it for the love of potting...ciao

7/20/07, 3:07 AM  
Blogger Zaz said...

hm, bloglines, i should look for that one, i was looking for a way to "be notified" or through which people could be notified when i added something here. thank you for the hint.
that's about right, the "woman" said i should at least charge 15 euros/hour + expenses, etc...

7/20/07, 3:14 AM  
Anonymous samia said...

Hey Zaz,

that's a lovely cardigan. I'm from your "paris tricot" group. Haven't read much from you lately. I guess you've been too busy knitting! I didn't know you had a blog, I shall come and visit it regularly. You can visit mine and Juliette's if you like
It's very boring at the moment but hey, it's the holidays!
Happy knitting in Paris

7/20/07, 10:47 AM  
Blogger Zaz said...

hello samia, oh wow someone from paris-tricot! guess what, as i am always sketching my own patterns and doing the maths i delay coming to the meetings to another time. i seldom have any mindless knitting to make and i feel a bit awkward towards the group for not coming to the meetings. yes you got it, i am very busy at the moment, you will see my post for the group.
nice to read you here, i will make sure to visit both your blogs you and juliette's. hey i just remembered something! are you the ones that want to sell your own designs in kits? i took your test cause i know how important it is to have the opinion of others when starting a business.
i loved your photo at the louvre, hehe.
cool! maybe we can meet after...

7/20/07, 4:24 PM  
Blogger Cecile said...

Hi Joyce!

I'm so glad you posted this. I had lost your blog address. I don't know how that could happen, but it did.

That green sweater is fabulous! It really is hard to charge what a hand-made item is really worth. And it's hard to keep track of the hours spent on something like that. Good luck with your endeavors.

I do have a blog now, becuase I joined the tour de france challenge. I have been working on a Norwegian sweater, which is a bit of a challenge for me.

Have a great holiday both in Normandy and Bittany!

7/20/07, 4:58 PM  
Blogger Zaz said...

hello cecile,

first congrats on your blog, i will be happy to see your advancements. how on earth did you get into the tour de france? are you not in the USA?
thank you for liking my new baby, it's just my second lace ever, i look at the first one that i did almost five months ago and i think: wow! haha, it's the one here called skulls and bones i think, it's bonbon pink.
i am working on an exhibition at the moment and leaving right now to get skeins :)

7/20/07, 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Ma Dalton said...

Hello Zaz
Donc à mon tour de te visiter... Ta compo perso faut largement le détour... c'est très beau, pas trop trop compliqué et c'est une belle idée...
If I pratice french language, I could also read in english (yeah!) .. See you later, keep in touch, I write you on your personnal mail ... soon.

7/20/07, 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Ma Dalton said...

ps : je veux dire pas trop compliqué à réaliser, parce qu'à créer, c'est autre chose !

7/20/07, 6:16 PM  
Blogger Cecile said...

I should have said the tour de france knit-along challenge. Add knitter posted about it on the paris tricot site. I checked it our and it looked like fun. I picked a challenging project for me so am in the "polka-dot jersey" group.

7/21/07, 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Samia said...

Hey Zaz,

I personally only went to a paris tricot meeting once. The whole knitting on a tiny chair in shaded lighting is not my thing. I haven't been to the pain quotidien, so maybe that's better. Might check it out at the end of august as i'll be working just around the corner. We could meet then, if you're in paris? And yes, we are the ones who are going to be selling knitting kits, and thanks for taking the survey, we've had some very useful feedback. Can't wait to see your next invention!

7/21/07, 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Veronique said...

Très original ton pull chardon. J'aimerai bien voir une photo du pull porté. Quelle laine as tu utilisée ?
Je me suis inscrite récemment au groupe Paris-tricot. Peut être aurons nous l'occasion de voir ta création en "vrai" un jeudi soir...
Bonnes vacances en Bretagne et happy knitting !

7/22/07, 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

C'est vraiment magnifique, je ne suis pas à ce niveau, dommange.


7/23/07, 11:12 AM  
Blogger Zaz said...

bonjour ma dalton,
merci pout ton gentil mot, ce n'est pas complique non plus pour la creation, j'ai juste regarde mon crayon faire sans corriger les proportions.

i have an exhibition by semptember so i will be knitting probably till then like a mad woman, haha. thank you for your kind words, i really wish to see you as soon as i am finished with all this.
i really loved sylvie's red top and left a comment. you're welcome about the survey, i sometimes make some here but the best so far is one i made "live".
i need good light too but especially concentration, i am still learning to knit as weird as it may sound. i like to construct in my head like a piece of architecture, how things assemble together, to tackle other ways...
would love to see you.

to cecile,
i must have missed the add knitter's post, will google soon.
good job on your intarsia!

cette fois-ci j'avais pris une laine italienne a loisirs et creation il y un an, coup de foudre. c'est un fil meche, je ne m'en suis pas lasse a la fin comme parfois.
j'essaierai de prendre des photos a mon retour de vacances.

merci, j'esperais voir du tricot dans ton site, a quand un blog tricot pour voir ce que tu fais? ne serais-tu pas dure avec toi-meme?
en tout cas bravo pour ton site marchand, comment te fais-tu connaitre?

7/23/07, 3:44 PM  
Anonymous kat said...

Quelle merveille ! C'est pas demain que je serai capable de faire un tel pull !!

7/23/07, 3:45 PM  
Blogger Zaz said...

merci kat, j'adore ce que tu fais, on pourrait peut-etre se voir et echanger?!

7/23/07, 4:17 PM  
Anonymous samia said...

Is your exhibition about knitting? If so, I'd love to see it.
What are you curretnly working on? Can we see pictures? Personally I've been fighting over this hat/cap. Will be putting some pictures up on the blog. It seems I can't quite find the right shape for it. But you know what they say, practise makes perfect...

7/25/07, 10:58 AM  
Blogger Zaz said...

hello samia, yes i will have knits this time too. i will have scarves, some sweaters, maybe hats and jewelry too.
if you want, we could talk about your hat and exhibition mre extensively, do email me.

7/25/07, 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salut Joyce Je suis de retour de vacances et je fais uyn tour sur ton blog, magnifique ce pull chardon ,une vraie ouevre d'art ce qui me fait dire que tu es vraiment douée. Désolée de ne pas avoir été là pour répondre aux questionnaire. Bonns avacnaces à vous 2 and enjoy Britain
Kty the chris collegue

7/27/07, 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my favorite item. It resembles nature in a geometrical way. Beautiful!

8/14/07, 7:39 PM  
Blogger Tany said...

Zaz, this is fantastic! Chardon is beautiful, I love it! You are very talented! Thank you for your visit! I'm also very happy to meet you and I'll be visiting you often!

10/26/07, 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can i buy this? how? where? how much?

10/30/07, 5:30 PM  
Blogger Zaz said...

yes you can buy it. it's an original design of mine and it a "piece unique". you are welcome to email me at e31to33[AT]yahoo[dot]com about the details.

10/30/07, 6:04 PM  
Blogger Dessy said...

Hey Zaz, this piece is beautiful. Can you post a pic of it modelled? I am curious how the sleeves look like on a real person.

11/27/07, 7:55 PM  
Blogger Dessy said...

Hey Zaz,
Thank you for your comment on the cardi. Glad you like it. It was a stashbuster project for me, but I am happy with it. I have recently discovered your blog and have been loving reading and browsing it. The chardon is very pretty. So feminine (it definiteley has this french flair to it). I like the sleeves and am curious to see them pictured on a model - how they fit. I think it is a great idea to use lace pattern with bulky yarn. I have always been fascinated with asymetrical and wrap-around like patterns. Your choice of color is great too. Yes, I am on Fitted Knits KAL and that is where I also found the link to your blog. Nice to meet you. :-)

11/28/07, 12:22 AM  

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