Inspiration For Knitted Lace Shawls: Plant Anatomy

Note: this is the original post that started the whole Plant Anatomy project. It was originally published on June 3, 2015 on my former website jriede.com. I moved the original post here to keep the documentation of the whole project in one place.

Yesterday evening, enjoying a glass of wine while browsing Pinterest, I came across a beautiful illustration of plant anatomy from a book dating back to 1680: Nehemiah Grew, The Anatomy of Plants. (A comprehensive article on the work on Nehemiah Grew can be found here.)

The Making of Plant Anatomy

The image had been pinned from the article BibliOdyssey – Plant Anatomy Charts on the patternbank.com blog. There are more.

The Making of Plant Anatomy

The Making of Plant Anatomy

I’m thinking of creating a series of lace shawls based on these inspirational pictures. What do you think? I imagine knitted lace shawls in earthy shades of greens and browns, worked in natural fibers like Alpaca, Merino or blends. Feel free to have a look on my new board Knitting Lace Inspiration on Pinterest.

The Making of Plant Anatomy

The Making of Plant Anatomy

The Making of Plant Anatomy

The Making of Plant Anatomy

A short Google search reveiled a PDF of the book – it’s in public domain.

The Making of Plant Anatomy

When I came across this picture, I seriously introducing a new shawl shape: stoles with round ends.

The Making of Plant Anatomy

What do you think?

Plant Anatomy Inspiration


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