Review and Giveaway: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie

There’s no one else designing at the artful calibre of Alice Starmore. She’s been designing knitting patterns and written books for decades and yet every time a new one comes out I’m amazed at how she manages to completely top the previous one. Remember her Colourwork charts, her Tudor Roses, and her Aran knitting books? So you can guess I was very interested to learn that she had a brand new book full of incredible designs based from Scottish fables, called Glamourie.

Glamourie is filled with wearable art, and divided into two main sections – the first is filled with stories of Scottish legends by Alice’s daughter, Jade Starmore, who also took all the stunning photographs. Alice has designed intricate, incredible costumes that go with the fables, one-of-a-kind pieces that I look forward to oohing and aaahing over in a museum one day, they are that detailed, that incredible.

Below, from left to right: Costumes for The Hare, The Selkie, and The Calleach.

But let’s be real- there is a limited audience for knitted costumes. Which is why the book features photographs of the stunning costumes, but the pattern section features more wearable takes that are inspired by the costumes. For example, The Raven:

I doubt many of you are in need of a fully hooded Raven dress, but the poncho version has much more wearable drama. There are also patterns for a cardigan version, as well – you can customize the amount of ‘feathers’ you want, and can even leave them off entirely. I love the shaping at the sleeve cuffs, personally. There is a limit to the images I can share with you guys in this post (so many incredible details in the patterns, I have to be really careful not to accidentally show any part of the pattern pages online!), so I recommend you check out the cardigan versions on their original site.

There are 9 fables in the book, and 9 corresponding costumes which you can see here, but there are 13 patterns in the book – The Hare story has a pattern for both a cardigan and a hat, and many of the others have variations in the patterns that can give them entirely different looks. I particularly like the Damselfly cardigan (below) and the Otter pullover and its variations (one of which is shown below), as well as the Selkie cardigan, which I can imagine would look amazing in a million different colour combinations and gradient yarns.

This book is ideal for designers looking to incorporate more details into their knits to help them stand out, as well as anyone who thinks that knitting is ALWAYS a wearable art, and should be celebrated as such. I’ve had this book for a few weeks now, and I’m constantly going back to it, turning the pages and getting lost in the stories and details of this fantastic knitted universe that Alice and Jade Starmore have created. If there was a quintessential knitting coffee table book, this is it.

Dover Publications has very kindly offered a coupon code for 20% off a copy of Glamourie – follow the link and use code WRBT at checkout! If you have a birthday coming up, maybe send this link to someone who needs a gift idea for you? *wink wink*.

And they have generously offered to giveaway one copy to Knitted Bliss readers!

Click here to view this promotion.

Entry for the giveaway will close on Saturday, March 10th at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 12th!

**This is a sponsored post from Dover Publications. All opinions are entirely my own.

15 comments

  1. Melissa Littlefield   •  

    Thanks for the review and giveaway, Julie. I have always enjoyed Alice’s books as inspirations–this one seems particularly perfect in that respect. I love seeing the costume inspirations and the ore down-to-earth interpretations next to each other. It’s interesting to think about how this kind of principle could be applied more broadly in design and life! I hope all is well with you!

  2. Nicole Acuna   •  

    These patterns are so unique and gorgeous! They truly are works of art that would add so much beauty and creativity into my knitting. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Linda Rumsey   •  

    What a beautiful book and patterns. Tudor Roses is an all time favourite of mine and this looks just as good!

  4. Karma   •  

    I love Alice Starmore’s work and these pieces look stunning! Wish I could design like that! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  5. Shannon Yeaton   •  

    Alice Starmore’s books are always so inspiring and this one doesn’t disappoint! Thanks for a great review and giveaway!

  6. Jeannie Gray   •  

    Alice Starmore’s designs are always SO amazing! Thanks so much for the opportunity of winning a copy of her book.

  7. Kim   •  

    I’m still fairly new on the knitting scene, most of my knowledge limited to what I see on Ravelry, so seeing knitted costumes is a new experience for me. These are so gorgeous and I love the addition of storytelling and basing those designs off of fables. I see the Tudor Roses book has a similar concept! As a lover of stories, I think I may have to get both of these books just for that alone. Thank you for introducing me to another side of knitting!

  8. These are so, so gorgeous! I can’t imagine knitting that well (or the amount of time some of them would take) — but I’d love to try!

  9. Theresa   •  

    Looks like a great book!

  10. Snow   •  

    I’m constantly amazed at the creativity of knitters. Who would have thought two wee stitches could become these amazing works of art?

  11. Mary Jo   •  

    what a beautiful book of inspiring patterns

  12. Ruth Ann   •  

    Could there me a better coupling of my love for knitting and Celtic heritage? Love the folklore behind the inspired designs.

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