TheChicBohemian

The Chic Bohemian Reading, PA 19606

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TheChicBohemian

The Chic Bohemian Reading, PA 19606

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Announcement   Beautiful handknit and handmade garments and beaded jewelry in luscious colorways. Specializing in freefom and modular designs including ponchos, shrugs, scarves, handbags, beaded jewelry, hats and other accessories.

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Last updated on Nov 30, 2018

Beautiful handknit and handmade garments and beaded jewelry in luscious colorways. Specializing in freefom and modular designs including ponchos, shrugs, scarves, handbags, beaded jewelry, hats and other accessories.

Cathleen Stephen

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Cathleen Stephen

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ABOUT ME - Cathleen Stephen

Welcome to my studio and online shop, dedicated to creating beautiful garments, accessories and jewelry in modular and freeform designs. No two items are alike - just like the customers who own them. Items include ponchos, capes, scarves, vests, chokers, bracelets, brooches, earrings, cuffs and bags of many sizes, shapes and colors. Jewelry is designed to complement the garments but also make strong fashion statements on their own. The unusual fiber medleys and rich colors of the knitted items, highlighted with beaded embellishments are what make the garments and items chic and bohemian!

How I Got Started

The Chic Bohemian was established in 2013 by Cathleen Stephen (me!) as an outgrowth of an earlier business ,Knits With a Twist, and is a handcrafted knitwear-jewelry design business specializing in women's fashions. Knitted garments and accessories are created primarily using modular and free form techniques which are echoed in the beaded jewelry. Fibers are often hand-dyed in my studio or by other artisans.

I am a professional knitwear designer having practiced my craft for 30 years with tutelage from such designers as Melissa Leapman and Sally Melville. In 2005, I was honored to receive the People’s Choice Award by The Knitting Guild of America for a modular poncho design that was later featured in the 2005 August-October issue of Cast On magazine. Since then, my designs have been published several times. Over the past five years, my designs have focused on modular and free form techniques, and I am now excited to introduce a collection with designs which, I feel are more cohesive in style and design. The unusual fiber medleys and rich colors highlighted with beaded embellishments are what make the garments or items chic and bohemian (which is also my Czech heritage)!

The Knitwear

Chic Bohemian knitwear designs are rich in texture and color, combining a great range of fibers and elements to create truly one-of-a-kind, high fashion pieces. The combination of free form and modular knitted and beaded elements within a garment or item is a unique and sophisticated approach to fabric construction. Fibers and materials for knitted pieces and jewelry include natural fibers such as wool, alpaca, bamboo, silk, pearls, crystals, silver, gold, glass as well as fine synthetics like rayon and nylon.

The Jewelry

Incorporating beads in my knitting designs is something that I have been doing for 15 years. So, it was a natural progression for me to explore beaded jewelry. A subsequent beading class in bead weaving and foundation stitches had me hooked, and I have been creating jewelry ever since.

Like my knitting designs, the jewelry I create is largely free form in design, primarily beaded embroidery using many sizes of glass seed beads, freshwater pearls, Czech buttons, Swarovski crystals, and dichroic and stone cabochons. The jewelry items reflect the highly textured and colorful nature of the knitwear designs. They are most often chunky and substantial to offset and complement the bulk and texture of the knitted items - or be worn as a statement piece with fiber medleys and rich colors of the knitted items, highlighted with beaded embellishments are what make the garments and items chic and bohemian!

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