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Photoshoot at Burwash Manor

This year we were delighted our annual photoshoot were to take place at the charming Burwash Manor. Burwash Manor is a lovely working farm with a small selection of cute boutiques and restaurants. As always we were keeping fingers crossed for decent weather as the shoot would be taking place on the fields and outside areas of the farm. As with every year so far in Purl’s 6 year history we were not disappointed. The sun was shining and the temperature was lovely for the first week of September. Perfect for alpaca knitwear…

The team arrived at the Manor by 9.30 and hair and make up got started right away! Charlotte has worked with us once before on the Woodlands collection, so you will all know she does great work! This collection needed a very different look, so we had a chat about it before she got going.

Natalia, the model, arrived feeling very cold. I assured her that spending the day wearing alpaca in the sunshine, that would not last very long! By the end of the day she was not cold anymore!

We have worked with Tiffany for the last 5 collections now, and she knows what we want! It makes it very easy to get the right images on the day. She also knows Kari-Helene’s taste very well and managed to find us some amazing props on the farm such as this fabulous wagon!

At Burwash Manor there is an amazing florist called Manor Florist. The lovely Dawn was so helpful during the day and her team created two beautiful pieces for our shoot. One was a midsummer style wreath and the other a decoration for a bowler hat. Both looked absolutely stunning and complemented the look of the collection perfectly!

Before the shoot one of Kari-Helene’s biggest problems was finding a nice underskirt/petticoat to go underneath the leaf dress. The dress has an incredibly large skirt and looks fabulous when worn with something underneath to show of the leaves. Last minute she got a tip about Vivien of Holloway, a fabulous vintage inspired store just around the corner from where she lives. They very kindly lent out a black petticoat for the shoot and the result was perfect!

The photos in this blog post are all Kari-Helene’s snapshots of the day and although they are pretty, they are nothing compared to photographer Tiffany Mumford’s amazing photos. You’ll have to wait a little longer before they are released, but it’s only weeks away! Patterns and kits will all be ready for Alexandra Palace in October.

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