Handmade limited edition ebony knitting needles by Australian textile designer Nikki Gabriel

You may remember my interview a few months back with incredible Australian textile designer Nikki Gabriel? Nikki makes the most delicate, exquisite knitwear and knitted textiles, and also produces a range of beautiful handspun yarns, and DIY knitting patterns. Her latest project slides effortlessly into this growing collection of bespoke knitting products – stunning limited edition handmade ebony knitting needles!

One of Nikki’s designs, included in The Endless Garment – The New Craft of Machine Knitting exhibition, opening at RMIT tonight!

Oh my. It seems so completely magical to knit on a pair of hand-crafted ebony needles! Click clack, click clack – it’s like something out of the pages of a Grimm’s fairy-tale!

Lucky for us, Nikki has kindly offered one pair of these beautiful needles as a giveaway for Design Files readers! (Yes, that’s right, 2 giveaways in one WEEK!? Hey, who’s counting!?). To be in the running, please leave a comment here before the end of the day (Midnight tonight, Melbourne time). I will randomly draw a winner and announce tomorrow!

Nikki is exhibiting some of her wonderful work in an exhibition which opens tonight at RMIT, entitled The Endless Garment – The New Craft of Machine Knitting. The show is part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program, and features INCREDIBLE work by some super-famous international designers including Issey Miyake and Sandra Backlund (whose work you see below – amazing!)…

The amazing work of Swedish knitwear designer Sandra Backlund – photo Annika Aschberg

More Sandra Backlund magic… photo – Peter Gehrke, Adamsky.

Nikki will be taking artist’s floor talk tomorrow at the gallery, and is also running a hands-on knitting workshop tomorrow afternoon in the RMIT gallery for a small group of enthusiasts! The cost of this workshop includes a tool kit of Nikki’s own bespoke yarns, knitting pattern, and of course a pair of the brand new ebony needles! Places are limited so act fast if you’re keen!

The Endless Garment – The New Craft of Machine Knitting
RMIT Gallery

344 Swanston st


Opens tonight Feb 11th, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Exhibition runs Feb 12th – March 21st 2010

Huge thanks to Nikki for such a lovely giveaway! On your marks, get set, COMMENT! x