Fair Isle Beanie Hat-Orange, Pink, Red & Lime
Made by Alison Taylor
Fair Isle Beanie Hat, Picot hem- (Orange, Pink, Red & Lime), Hand-knitted by Alison Taylor. Hand-made in Wales on domestic knitting machines using soft to handle, sustainable yarns.
Approximate size: 24cm x 21cm
Theses beautiful knitwear has intricate patterns in luxurious merino wool with touches of cashmere and alpaca which feel comfortable near to the skin. Colour, pattern and texture are fundamental to Alison Taylor’s design process, combining old school craftsmanship and contemporary design aiming to make statement pieces that have a timeless quality.
About the maker:
Alison Taylor began her career as a knitwear designer back in the 1980’s when she ran her own business and manufactured in Wales and Scotland. Selling all over the world, she cultivated many famous clients and even designed for television. America was her largest market with her customers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman. In the UK she sold to Browns and Liberty London. Alison also designed for Bill Gibb, Tommy Nutter, Ralph Lauren and Burberry. She has most recently returned to her roots and has started to revive her love of wool and knitted textiles.
Her work was included in the 1987 book “The Textiles of Wales’ by Ann Sutton artist, designer and author in history, resource and guide to the traditions and directions of the Textile Industry in Wales. During that period she was asked to design a knitwear collection that complemented Ann Sutton’s fabrics developed and woven in a Welsh mill. Through researching Welsh blankets and making various trips to the National Wool Museum in Drefach Velindre Alison has revisited a knitted response to traditional woven fabrics.