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I’ve been working on an exciting and hush-hush design project for the last year and I’m now finally able to reveal it!  When the owner of Chandler 4 Corners (who has known me since Mountain Ladies & Ewe days) decided to add a knit pillow collection to his already wildly successful hand-hooked wool pillow business, we got to talking. Although I don’t know much about the home furnishings business, I do know a thing or two about knitting and how to get things made, so our collaboration was a no-brainer.

Chandler 4 Corners’ pillows designed by Laura Megroz are well known for their folk artsy motifs of bears and moose and Labrador retrievers. My knit designs would need to complement Laura’s, yet not duplicate her themes.

The first step in the process was to craft the story and to define the collection’s themes and look. Designing pillows both nostalgic and fresh would be paramount to its success. My creative juices really started flowing during a hut-to-hut ski trip in the Alps.

It was then that I decided to focus on alpine-inspired designs influenced by the traditional motifs and colors of vintage ski sweaters, and to incorporate patterns true to mountain traditions into the pillows. It would be a coup if they were equally at home in a hand-hewn chalet AND a light-filled Scandinavian-modern mountain retreat.

I usually start my design process with storyboards – images and colors that spark my creativity and give credibility to my ideas. Storyboards are a good tool for allowing clients to get a visual look at what’s inside my head. The storyboards below are from my first presentation to Chandler 4 Corners and give you a peak at the design process.


The Chalet Collection was introduced last week at AmericasMart Gift, Rug, and Home Show in Atlanta. Next stop: the New York International Gift Show August 17-21. Look for future blog posts highlighting The Chalet Collection. In the meantime you may follow Poppy Gall Design Studio on facebook by clicking here.

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It’s hunting season again, the time of year when hunters and non-hunters alike don garish day-glo orange apparel with hopes of not being mistaken for a buck or a bear.

A couple of thoughtful yarn bombers in Wilson, Wyoming adorned this lovely elk, just in time for hunting season.

Enjoy your weekend! To see more yarn bombing click here.

Photo courtesy Allison Levy.

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Knitting has been proven to take your mind off things and to lower stress levels, just ask any knitter. So if you’re a bride-to-be this June (or the mother-of-the-bride-to-be) take your knitting with you and knit a few rows when you feel the need to de-stress a bit. Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida is pictured here as a nervous bride on her wedding day in the 1961 romantic comedy film Come September.

Come September was directed by Robert Mulligan, starring Rock Hudson, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin and was set in Italy.

Enjoy your weekend!

Photo: Leo Fuchs

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