Kaffe ventured into the world of colorful yarn on a visit to a Scottish wool mill with fashion designer Bill Gibb. Inspired by the colors in the landscape, Kaffe was thrilled to find the same colors in yarns. He bought 20 colors of Shetland wool and some knitting needles, and on the train back to London a fellow passenger taught him how to knit. His first design appeared as a full page spread in Vogue Knitting magazine.
Since 1981, Kaffe has worked closely with Rowan Yarns in Yorkshire, whose insight into fashion and color perfectly complements Kaffe's skill. Together, they have produced ambitious designer patterns to inspire hand knitters all over the world. He contributes to the bi-annual Rowan magazine, which is marketed worldwide. A large part of Kaffe's output is now an expanding range of fabric prints for the patchwork market along with the Indian stripes fabric and shot cotton fabric range distributed worldwide by Rowan fabrics.
In 2013, Kaffe was awarded the Turner Medal, presented by the Color Group (Great Britain) to a distinguished artist or art historian to honor Britain's greatest colorist. Kaffe also has authored numerous patchwork and quilting books.
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Fall 2015 Vine - Emerald PWGP151.EMERA
FB3DSGP.NIGHT Fall 2018 - 20pc 6in Design Strip - Night
PWBM037.CONTR - Mad Plaid - Contrast
PWBM037.STONE Mad Plaid - Stone Fall 2017
PWBM043.CONTR - Zig Zag - Contrast
PWBM053.ROSEX Jumble - Rose
PWGP170.MULTI Diamond Stripe - Multi
PWPJ041.CONTR Japanese Chrysanthemum - Contrast
PWPJ084.GREEN Philip Jacobs - Spring 2017 - Horse Chestnut - Green
PWPJ089.GREEN Spring 2017 Tulip Extrvgnz Green
PWPJ089.MULTI Philip Jacobs - Spring 2017 - Tulip Extravaganza Multi
PWPJ090.LAVEN Spring 2018 - Baroque Floral - Lavender