A Touch of Constance

I enjoy a challenge.

Choosing colours for a project isn’t usually a challenge – and I can work with most of them. This project is probably the nearest I have come to a ‘scrap’ project. I have some yarns left over from previous projects and they are taking up space. They are from a mix of manufacturers, but are all double knitting.

There is such a strange mix of yarns and colours, and ones that  that I certainly wouldn’t normally have put together. After due consideration i decided that Granny Squares would mix them up better than rows of pattern. The difficulty, though, was deciding on a colour to co-ordinate. I decided that I didn’t want to go for a neutral – black, grey, cream, white etc – this had to be a colour, but which one? And then I remembered something!

You have probably never heard of Constance Howard. She died in 2000 having made a very big mark on Textile Art in the twentieth century. I was very blessed to have  been able to meet her socially and also to take workshops with her at Masterclass level. She was inspirational.

Maybe I will tell you more about her another time, but as far as this project is concerned she is the inspiration. Her tricks with colour were sensational, but there was one that she used par excellence. Her favourite colour was Turquoise, and she maintained that it was the colour to add when all else failed! So….. for the sake of constancy….  My joining colour is Turquoise!

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