Iris Bishop Collections
Iris Bishop Patterns
A recent addition to Iris's portfolio are these individual patterns. They are derived from patterns that have been published in knitting magazines or from workshops for which she is so famous. Each design has a knitting technique incorporated within it that you will find most useful in many other projects.
Art of Painting. Have you ever created designs for your knitting machine where you wanted to add more color to the fabric than the machine generally allows? Methods of introducing more colors like intarsia and double jacquard are ver effective, but can be very time consuming or affect the "drape" and texture of knitted fabric. The use of fabric paint permits the addition of color and decoration while keeping the original texture of the fabric in tact. After using some of the designs and techniques in this book, you will have a good working basis from which to experiment with new ideas and products.
Around the World. The inspiration for this collection of Fair Isle designs is the variety of ethnic cultures "Around the World" who have developed a unique style of decoration, particularly in the field of textiles. Iris has looked at their traditional motifs and patterns as a starting point, then developed them in her own style. Many of the designs are borders which are very versatile, as they can be used to decorate a plain garment or combined to create rich Fair Isle fabrics. As with all of Iris's Fair Isle designs, there are short floats on the reverse side of the fabric.
Animal Textures. The variety of fascinating textures and weights of fabric that can be produced on a basic knitting machine will amaze you. For this collection, Iris has used a standard gauge, single bed machine with a stitch repeat of 24 stitches. Some textures like the "fake fur" fabric do not look knitted, at first sight. Others like the "tiger texture" coat look expensive, but are not available from expensive stores. Included are plenty of practical notes with each fabric which will hopefully inspire you to experiment with these designs, using this book as a workshop experience rather than just another collection of designs.
Animation. This collection for Electronic knitting machines is available in either Brother 940 or DesignaKnit format disk and contains 9 beautiful and subtle designs derived from the animal kingdom including Tigers, Leopards, Zebras, etc.
Autumn-Winter. Every season brings forth new images and themes which are then interpreted by each designer in their own style. Iris takes 4 themes (Textural, Oriental, Medieval, and Scandinavian) in this collection and creates a selection of fabric designs which she hopes you will find useful and inspiring.
Countryside Celebration. This collection of designs inspired by the countryside includes elements of the countryside such as flowers, woodland streams and wildlife as well as some architectural features found in the landscape like churches, windmills, etc. For each month of the year there is a complete pictorial design, but within each one there are borders and motifs like butterflies, foxes and flowers which can be used separately.
Inspiration Through the Ages. As a designer, Iris often finds inspiration when visiting museums or historical sites, observing the wonderful crafts and motifs from past generations. This collection of designs has developed from sketches made during such visits, reflecting motifs from her favorite periods of art history.
Spring-Summer. Iris has selected 3 themes (Ecology, Lace, Nostalgia) from the season's fashion stories, creating 3 Fair Isle patterns for each one. Designed for 24 st. punchcard and electronic machines.
Sports and Pastimes. An important part of the craft of machine knitting is in creating garments, by request, for family, friends and customers. This collection of sports and pastimes was designed as a useful reference book for requests on these subjects. The book was inspired by knitters who sent in suggestions following Iris's articles in Machine Knitting Monthly magazine.
Woodland Collection. This book is a collection of some of Iris's favorite subjects from her local countryside. She has created a landscape design for each month of the year, plus a variety of associated border patterns which can be used in their own right. All of her designs start life as sketches and she enjoys the challenge of retaining as much detail within the designs as possible to create a realistic and professional finish. In response to requests from knitters who have used her previous design collections she has included some garment patterns in his book. These are some of her "basic shapes" which can be used with any of the designs in this book, or her other design collections.
40 Stitch Special. It is a great pleasure to present this collection of designs especially for Passap machines. Iris has taken some of the most popular designs from her own publications, magazine articles etc., and reworked them for 40 sts, plus some completely new ideas. The four themes she has worked on are decorative patterns, floral designs, animal designs and sports and hobbies.
Scallop-Edged Top. This is one of her favorite garment shapes, as it is an elegant, simple top that suits most of her fabric designs. Teamed with one of her skirts below, it creates an instant "suit" The technique for knitting scallop edges that do not stretch or go out of shape can be adapted for many other uses. This can be knitted on any standard gauge, single bed machine, without a ribber.
Mock-Rib Skirt. This absolutely classic skirt is extremely easy and quick to knit on any standard gauge, single bed machine. The ribbed effect is created by mixing thin and thick yarns, making a fabric that drapes well. The skirt works well in any length from "mini" to "maxi" and is very comfortable to wear.
Mock-Pleat Skirt. This distinctive, elegant skirt combines the "knitweave" technique with stripes of varying yarn thickness' to create a soft drape. Because of the knitweave technique the skirt will not "drop" and no finishing is required to the bottom edge. The skirt is knitted on a single bed machine only, no ribber is required.
Knitweave Skirt. This classic skirt can be knit in a variety of weights, depending on the yarn used, from Summer to Winter weight. Knitweave skirts have the advantages of being a smooth fabric that drapes well, no finishing is required on the bottom edge, and the skirt cannot "drop" because the weaving yarn prevents it.
Double-Bed Classics. Pleated skirts are so popular because they coordinate so well with other garments to create an attractive image. Iris has changed her method of knitting the "classic pleated skirt" over the years, resulting in a skirt that is knitted in straight pieces, but shapes automatically into the waistband, without excess bulk around the hipline. Because all the shaping is done in the knitting, there is very little finishing necessary and the pleats are permanent.
Iris Bishop Disks
Iris Bishop Price List
All individual patterns are priced at $9.75.