Episode 005: Holli Yeoh on Designing and Collaborating for Tempest


Holli Yeoh

Holli Yeoh

Many of you guys know that last fall, we collaborated with a local Vancouver designer, Holli Yeoh, to put together a book called Tempest. It’s 11 patterns that include garments as well as smaller accessories like cowls, hats, mitts, and a blanket. This was our first time doing anything like this before — for both Holli and us at SweetGeorgia. We have published individual patterns with other designers before, but this is the first time we did it in a printed book format. Holli approached me about doing a book like this maybe a month before Russell was born and somehow I thought it would a totally easy thing to produce a book during my so called maternity leave. Little did I know how much work it was going to be! Holli did all the swatching and designing of the pieces, we collaborated together on theme and color palette, sending ideas back and forth. And later I worked out all the design and layout of the actual book. And both Holli’s husband Rod and I helped with photography for the book. Holli and I shot tutorial videos for many of the techniques used in the book too and you can find those videos on the website we set up for the book, at tempestknit.com.

It was an incredible learning experience and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Holli. She is a very thoughtful and intentional knitwear designer with incredible skill and knowledge around finishing your knits. Her work is professional, through and through. Since this month Holli and I are releasing all the patterns from Tempest as individual patterns on Ravelry, I thought it would be a nice idea to introduce you guys to Holli and get to know her a bit better as I have over the past couple of years.

Haven from Tempest, knit in SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine, modeled by Greta Cornejo

Haven from Tempest, knit in SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine, modeled by Greta Cornejo

Woven Knuckles, designed by Holli Yeoh

Woven Knuckles, designed by Holli Yeoh

Links and Things

You can find Holli at:

Tempest Giveaway

BTW, one Tempest pattern will be released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout August until they are all available. Or, enter our giveaway to win an e-book copy of the entire Tempest collection! The Tempest e-book will be delivered to the winner via Ravelry. To enter, listen to the episode to find out the secret phrase then visit the giveaway page to enter. Good luck!

Thanks for Listening!

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Thank you so much to Holli for joining me this episode. Until next time!

Music Credits

The Young and Beautiful – by Ivory Hours
Still Small Voice – by Tossing Copper (on NoiseTrade)

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