Natural Pompoms
Manmade Pompoms

SBY Scarf

SBY's design of this luxurious wrap or scarf offers unique packs featuring colour palettes inspired by artists such as Monet, Frida Kahlo, Franz Marc, Mark Rothko, and Swansea Artist Valerie Ganz, yarn used - Rowan Kid Silk Haze and Fine Lace.

Launching this design by Swansea Bay Yarns!

When I embarked on, what I’ve come to call my Tequila Sunrise Scarf – I just wanted to play with the hot shades in Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze then decided to throw in the zing of the Tangerine Fine Lace and, as I'm really happy with result, I wanted to share it with you.

Since then I’ve been working on a range of different combinations – initially inspired by the work of artist, Frida Kahlo, and revisiting her paintings made me want to take the idea a step further and put together colourways formed by specific artworks. Frida Kahlo is pretty much a household name now, but when I first came across her in the 1980’s at an exhibition of the Day of the Dead (a time when Mexicans remember and honour their deceased loved ones, not a morbid occasion at all) I was fascinated by her vibrant use of colour, the well documented pain and passion of her life all starkly told by her remarkable self-portraits.

Another artist that played a small but pivotal role in my younger life was the German artist - Franz Marc – I had come across a postcard of Tiger in the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts in London), bought it and used it as a bookmark for many years – even glancing at it on a tube ride made me smile, I just loved it.

I am adding further choices of colourways by artists that have enhanced my life (although I don't pretend to be any sort of connoisseur!) as a palette for this luxurious, sensuous scarf/stole/wrap!

*A copy of the guidelines on how to construct this piece is included in the pack. Can be knitted on 6mm/6.5mm/7mm needles.

Buttons and how to attach a Pompom to a hat

Each pompom comes with a Tapestry Needle and button to secure the pompom.

The button supplied as part of the pack comes from a South African button company that aims to bring work and new skills to the women of that region. Due to a unique manufacturing process, the buttons are both machine washable and dry cleanable. Each button is carefully hand crafted from a unique mixture of ceramic and stoneware clay and hand painted with an assortment of glazes. The use of natural materials as opposed to plastic, has proven itself to be extremely popular within an increasingly environmentally conscious market.