Meet extreme knitter Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion

date:24.11.2012 by:Victoria Baker,

Meet extreme knitter Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion

on XXX, by Victoria Baker, text and photos via Templeandwebster

 

Jacqui Fink is the founder of Little Dandelion, and the creator of the beautiful knitted textiles you might have spotted recently in Vogue Living, Home Beautiful or Real Living. She knits each of the amazing blankets & throws from Australian & New Zealand wool in its natural colours, using the most enormous knitting needles you’ve ever seen, and also crafts more delicate throws from European linen. They’re all unique pieces to treasure for a lifetime, and they make for great photos! Enjoy this record of Jacqui’s week, and if you’d like to see more, check out her blog or follow her on Instagram @jacquifink.

 

According to Jacqui...

One of my great loves is texture. It’s a major driving force of my business. I see my work as a celebration of beautiful, raw materials and the techniques I use play onto the unique properties of wool and linen. The resulting texture is so captivating that it transforms a simple throw, or blanket, into a work of art. I might be kidding myself here, but in any event, it makes me decidedly happy and I am constantly trying to capture the beauty of the texture through Instagram. LOVE Instagram.

We are a family of five plus three four legged friends. Needless to say it is a busy and noisy household. My husband and I consider our Jack Russell Hugo to be our first born. He is fourteen this year and is only now starting to slow down. He has been a lovely, if not somewhat mad, companion. Chutney, our ragdoll cat, is our first cat as a family and I must admit we never expected to love him so much. Once the little people leave for school of a morning, these two take up their positions on the lounge, never far away from each other, and keep me company throughout the day. Love.

 

 

This is one of my latest custom orders: a smoky, grey throw with a candy pink trim. I have a number of beautiful natural colours on hand to use for the body of the throws. I then edge the throw with a chunky felted yarn to add a pop of colour. I make sure to work very closely with clients to ensure they get a colour combination that is suitable for their homes. I devote a lot of time, energy and love when creating my pieces, so it is very important to me they go to a loving and understanding home. I am always overwhelmed by the kind and generous responses of those who end up with one of my creations. It is immensely gratifying to know that, in a small way, I am bringing joy and comfort to the lives of others.

 

 

I love to experiment and this soft vessel is my latest design foray. It is made from cotton rope and each vessel uses up a minimum of 100 metres. The vessels have a beautiful sculptural quality to them and are very handy for storing all of my Little Dandelion detritus. They are not so kind on the fingernails though.

I’ve been collaborating with Pepa Martin and Karen Davis from Shibori for the past two months now. Together, we are creating beautiful hand-knitted throws, which are also hand-dyed in stunning colour ways. To be able to hang out with likeminded creative souls, like Pepa and Karen, is very nourishing and it’s a wonder we get anything done. The three of us do enjoy a little, crazy business in amongst our bursts of creativity.

 

This is one of our fabulous creations. I am a fool for indigo and it was my search for the perfect colour that led me to Shibori’s doorstep. Pepa and Karen worked meticulously to create this graduation of colour. It is no mean feat as my throws are quite a handful. There are over 50 hours of work in one of these throws and each is unique. Only four are in existence, but we have many beautiful creations in the pipeline. This particular indigo throw is now in the hands of the lovely Lucy Feagins of The Design Files. The throw will make its first appearance at The Design Files Open House from Thursday the 29th of November to Sunday the 2nd of December. You lucky Melbournites!

I grew up on the border of NSW and Qld so the pull of the water is incredibly strong. All is not right in my world if I am not near water. We have lived here for two years now and I have never been happier. We live in an old 1940’s P&O style home which has housed only four families. It is a simple solid home with a very happy vibe. We have also been blessed with some very special neighbours. They are part of our extended family and we tend to fret without regular contact. I think our moving here can be put down to serendipity.

 

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