A chat with the young knitwear creative who will compete for the podium with 9 other talents at the competition organized by the brand under whose aegis all the initiatives of the Consorzio Promozione Finali - CPF fall

Successful result for Viola Schmidt who, combined with Filatura di Tollegno, is among the 10 finalists of the 2024 edition of the Feel The Yarn Contest.
A vocation, that of Viola for knitwear, which goes beyond passion and has been perfected by specific studies… Absolutely, even if the true passion was revealed during her graduate studies in Fashion Design at the Hochschule Reutlingen, where, for the first time , I was able to work with the Stoll knitting machine which fascinated me, revealing to me the infinite possibilities, the technical challenges and the complexity of industrial knitting. But not only that: what caught my attention and stimulated me was also the possibility of combining textile design with that more linked to fashion, experimenting with different techniques, finesses and, above all, different yarns. A process that stimulates my creativity and I am excited by the unexpected aspects of knitting.

It is therefore inevitable to participate in the Contest. Why did you decide to take part? I decided to participate in the competition because knitwear design is my passion and the contest represents the perfect challenge. I also think that the idea of allowing students to work with different spinning mills is extremely valid for increasing our skills and coming into direct contact with the main players in the world of yarns.

Which Tollegno 1900 yarns did you use for your project and why did you choose them? From the Tollegno 1900 collection I chose Sultano 2/48, Delice 2/30, Wild 2/12. They are all made from natural fibres, which I think are the most sustainable to work with. I also opted for the combination of merino wool and silk for the high-quality feel and look mediated by the yarns, which have proven to be particularly suitable for producing various techniques on the industrial flatbed knitting machine. The selection I made was very complicated, because the yarns in the collection were truly all of extreme value.

Can you tell us about the project you created for the Contest with Tollegno 1900 yarns? The “Closer Distance” project aims to explore the intersection between humanity and technology, capturing the contradictory world we live in today: analogue, yet digital. In a society that is socially connected like never before, we have never felt more distant. While technology allows us to easily stay in touch with our loved ones even from a distance, it also simultaneously has the ability to distance us from the present moment. Inspired by the interplay between warm and cold light, smooth and organic surfaces, the perfect and the seemingly imperfect, the project uses materials and knitting techniques that reflect these elements.

Let’s now project ourselves into the future: what do you expect from yours? In the future, I hope to develop knitwear patterns that inspire people to appreciate the textile environment and, in parallel, to help inspire interest in a culture of reuse in which waste is banned.

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