A Stitch in Time

Wood Antler & Bloom: knitwear made to inspire.

Rachel Hinch - December 2019

A Stitch in Time

Wood Antler & Bloom: knitwear made to inspire.

Rachel Hinch - December 2019

-Photography by Justin Tsucalas

Tiffany Banks taught herself how to knit using a clearance sale starter kit that she bought when she was a freshman at Delaware State. It was a creative outlet—knitting would distract her from the homesickness she felt after leaving her beloved Baltimore for a college dorm. But eventually, the hobby became something much more.

Once they saw her hand-knit cardigans, Banks’ family and friends started to request their own. She was designing pieces that weren’t being offered at any stores—knitwear that incorporated elements of bohemian style but was still sophisticated and modern. Eventually, she began selling to customers here and there, finally launching Wood Antler & Bloom in January 2018.

Creating her own knitwear gave Banks a crash course in design. “I never was really good at following patterns,” she says. “I would start out, and it’d end up not looking like the picture.”

She began creating her own patterns, using her metal knitting needles to manipulate basic shapes into intricately woven clothing—items that ranged from tank tops and cardigans to handbags and hair scrunchies—writing down notes as she went.

“My items are something you need to experience: See them, feel how soft they are, and how they look on,” she says. Knitting became a way for Banks to express herself. Wood and antler were the materials the original knitting needles were carved from, but “bloom” added a personal meaning. “When you wear one of my knits, I hope you come into the fullest expression and beauty of yourself.”





You May Also Like


Style & Shopping

Signature Scents

How to find the perfume that is subtly and distinctly you.

Charmed Life

Valentine's Day: What to Wear, Where

Our local shopping guide for any amorous event.

Style & Shopping

How to Rock The Maximalist Fashion Trend

This spring, we're all about the more is more philosophy.



-Photography by Justin Tsucalas

Connect With Us

Most Read


What Will Druid Hill Park Look Like in Two Years?: As Druid Lake Reservoir overhaul continues, city leaders consider activation options.

Maryland Hoops, and Everyone Else, Stomachs A Sudden End to Their Seasons: Plus, an update on Trey Mancini’s health and Joe Flacco shows for Marshal Yanda’s retirement party

Local Boutiques Offer Deals and Online Shopping Amid Coronavirus Outbreak: Opening and closing updates from the retail scene.

Baltimore Restaurants Cope With Indefinite Closures: Chefs introduce curbside takeout and delivery while weighing options for staff.

With Emptying Venues, Local Music Community Faces Uncertainty: There are still ways to support local artists during the coronavirus outbreak.