Local Fiber Artist: Sheila Halali

February 09, 2018

We're thrilled to be hosting an installation in our window by fiber artist Sheila Halali of Halali Studio!

Sheila Halali

Sheila's 'Mini Hoop Series' was recently on display at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany. Her work is simply stunning!

Sheila Halali

We had an opportunity to ask Sheila a few questions: 

1. How would you describe your work?
I like to think my work is romantically moody. I try to capture a certain energy and mood in each piece, and always throw in some small whimsical touches. 
Sheila Halali
 2. How did you find your way to the Hoop Series? 
I try to find as many ways as possible to use my scrap materials and make a slightly smaller impact on the environment. This Mini Hoop Series came out of one of those moments- I had finished my large pieces for the gallery and was left with tons of small remnants. 
The mini hoops are actually so much fun because they are quick to make, so you don't have to wait forever to see a finished piece like you do with larger works. 
I also love making them because they sell at a much more accessible price point, and open my work up to a wider audience. 
Sheila Halali
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
I've always been quite drawn to words- English was always my favorite class growing up (surprisingly I didn't love art class), and so I think it was kind of a natural form of inspiration when I started my creative journey. I'm constantly inspired by stories- by the human experiences that are so difficult to find words to express. I consider myself a "virtual storyteller" and strive to put those stories and experiences and emotions into a language that anyone can understand. 
Sheila Halali
 4. Is your work mainly with textiles?
Yes- My formal training is in Fashion Design, which is where my love of textiles and fibres emerges. I love the malleability of textiles that is hard to find with other materials- when you learn to drape as a Fashion Designer you learn not to force the fabric to do something it doesn't want to you...you have to listen to how the fabric wants to react, and what it is telling you. 
That being said, I've recently started finding joy in some hard materials. I made a live edge wood table with the help of my boyfriend's dad, which has sparked an interest in wood. I also worked with copper for the first time for this project and am really excited to do so again. 
My work will always be focused in textiles, but I'm really excited to see how I can incorporate and mix new materials in!
Sheila Halali
5. Art or craft?
Both. Neither. I wish there was a word that combined the 2- that acknowledges the art that exists within craftsmanship. I've always struggled with considering myself an artist, since my training is in Fashion Design. I went to art school, and still never felt like an artist. 
There is currently a big movement around the "maker" community, which I find very appealing. Most of the people are Fibre artists, but it includes craftsman, artists, and yes, sometimes even crafters. But they don't discriminate or get hung up on the distinction. It is the most welcoming and friendly community of people around the world- they find their joy in the act of physically making things. This community is where I feel most at home at the moment. 
Sheila Halali
6. What are you currently working on?
I just started a new large weaving- in creams and whites, which is way outside my comfort zone, but I'm trying to push myself this year. 
I am also designing and making a friend's wedding dress, which is probably the most exciting thing for me! I have dreams of one day having my own bridal line- nontraditional, with hand-woven, hand-dyed and painted elements. Something for the artistic brides, which I feel is lacking in the market still. 
Sheila Halali
Stop by and check out Sheila's gorgeous window display.  Click here to see more of Sheila's work.
Instagram: @halali_studio
Custom works available: Please contact Sheila at sheila@halalistudio.com 
Photos courtesy of Halali Studio
Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Designer Spotlight: Jules Lustenader

January 08, 2018

We're thrilled that ImagiKnitter Jules Lustenader has her pattern published in Twist Collective January 2018. Congratulations Jules!

Cabrillo is simply gorgeous!  

Many of you may remember Jules. She worked at the shop a while back and is still knitting away here in San Francisco! 

We had an opportunity to ask Jules a few questions. 

1. How did you learn to knit and how long have you been knitting?
I first learned how to knit from a best friend in high school, but quickly forgot. It wasn't until college when I relearned backstage at a play I was in and I haven't put the needles down since! That was roughly 5 years ago. 
2. When did you get interested in colorwork?
Not sure when or how it started, but when people ask me to imagine "knitting", I always see a classic Fair Isle sweater first. Not sure why, it's just glued there in my head. My first colorwork project was coincidentally my first sweater project and I still wear it every Winter. 
3. When did you start designing?
I started designing knitwear a few months into working at Imagiknit in 2013. Being surrounded by yarn and patterns all day was more than enough inspiration. My first design was a Valentine's Day hat called Hearts on Repeat. It was published on my birthday in 2014 and it's still one of my favorite patterns. (Shout out to Diane for testing it for me!)
4. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Now that I'm not in the yarn store every day, I find inspiration from my yarn stash. It may sound silly, but when I see a skein of beautiful hand-dyed wool, I can't help but picture what it wants to become, even what it needs to be. 
5. What are your favorite things to knit when you are not designing?
I adore sweaters, which is ironic because I live in San Francisco where we hardly need them! When I see a sweater design I love, I have to knit it regardless of how the weather is outside. I also enjoy knitting socks and hats for loved ones. 
6. What do you have in the works for the future? 
My goal for 2018 is to publish a new pattern every month. So far, I have a shawl pattern I designed with a local yarn dyer set to publish in March and another pattern that will be published in Interweave's knitscene magazine this Fall. I also received yarn support from LoveKnitting and Malabrigo for patterns planned for release later this year. It's a tough goal I've set for myself, but all the support I'm receiving from third parties is tremendously helpful. 

We can't wait to see your next published patterns!  

Click here for more designs by Jules (Juliana Lustenader Designs)

Her instagram is @knitbyjules.

Again - congratulations Jules!  You've come a long way in such a short time!

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Spotlight: SF Sheep Shearer Stephany Wilkes

October 18, 2017

Vogue recently published a great article on women sheep shearers, Women of the Wool, and SF local Stephany Wilkes was included! 


Many of you may know Stephany through her classes at the shop or through the Twirl Field Trip.  It's fantastic that Vogue wrote an article about woman shearers and we're thrilled that Stephany was included!

Congratulations Stephany!

Click here for the link to the article.

Photo courtesy of Vogue. 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Sasha Duerr "Natural Color" Book Signing!

August 16, 2017

Join us for a book signing of "Natural Color, Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe" by Sasha Duerr. 

Thursday, September 7

4:30 to 6:30pm


Natural Color

Sasha is known for her work with plant-based dyes. In the beautifully photographed "Natural Color", Sasha explores the full spectrum of seasonal plant dyes, using everyday plants as a color library. 

Natural Color

Sasha leads readers through easy-to-follow recipes for dyeing everything from dresses, scarves and hats to rugs and table runners. It's an inspiring new way to look at fashion and home decor! Come on by, meet Sasha and get your book signed! 

Natural Color

About Sasha Duerr: 

Sasha is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in textiles and fine arts. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge and the Huffington Post. She's worked with Anthropologie, Levi's, Whole Foods and New York Fashion Week, among others. 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Happy Free Slurpee Day!

July 11, 2017

July 11 is National 7-Eleven Day and on this day they gift free slurpees. We have a free Slushee crochet pattern for you, courtesy of Twinkie Chan! 

Twinkie's Slushee Cup Drawstring Bag is super adorable (just like Twinkie!) and is the perfect beach or poolside bag! It's just the right size to hold your phone, keys, sunscreen, lip balm and a little cash.  

You can use any worsted weight yarn such as Uptown Worsted:

 Or Encore Worsted

Cotton yarn such as Fantasy Naturale would work great too! 

Click here for the pattern. Twinkie has detailed instructions with pictures so you'll have this done in no time! Click on the above pictures for the yarn.  


Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Free Pattern Friday, Local Artists