Five Colour Friday 

Five colour Friday is here again, and I think that I have found my most favourite red! 

These colours go so well together – and would make a beautiful blanket. Simply using a simple repeated block would be stunning

But don’t forget that you can make 120 different colour combinations using just these five colours. Details of this can be found here

As for this delicious yarn – it’s by Deramores

Burnt Orange, Fuchsia, Raspberry, Ruby and Wine

Worth going over to have a look especially as they often have very good offers, and always reward purchases.

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Five Colour Friday 

This granny square is a mix of yarns. I’ve chosen some by Cygnet and a few from Scheepjes. All are double knitting.

Cygnet: Barley, Soft Coral and Harvest

Scheepjes: Knokke and Nijmegen

If you wish to indulge you can buy them all from Mrs Snufflebean. You could make a whole blanket with 120 different combinations of 5 colours. There is a list of all the different combinations to help you here.

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First colour sequence finished

I’ve decided to count these rows slightly differently. I have no idea if this will work – it will be too late to change by the time it is finished. Here’s the first colour repeat.

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I think the colours will become more apparent in the next post.

I’m also wondering if I dare take this away on holiday with me….. I have no qualms about doing it – but not sure DH will approve 😉

 

Don’t forget to come and join us in the CrochetC2C group on Ravelry. We are only small – but we like to see what you are making.

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – D is for..

Dyeing!

I love colour. It’s been my pleasure to work with it for over 30 years. I’ve been producing a range of hand threads, fibres and fabrics since I was first introduced to the process in the late 1980s.

Over the years I have developed a number of techinques to produce many mixed colours.

The above are cotton embroidery threads, but I also dye wool, silk and alpaca, which require a different method.

I’m not suggesting you watch the whole thing – but there is even a video of me dyeing here. It shows the first basis of one of my techniques – of course, I have developed it much further for my own use. I sell my threads via my own website and also Etsy, but mostly at shows as I know customers love to handle the goods before purchase 😉

Due to family health problems and the recent death of my mother the shops have been relatively inactive for a while. However, Etsy will have stock before the end of this week.

 

Posted for the April A-Z challenge. All posts for this challenge will relate in some way to my creativity.

You can also find my chatty A-Z creative posts here

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – C is for..

Collage

I enjoy working with paper. It began as a design tool for textiles – but after discovering that it was also a useful base for stitch it has more and more become an integrated part of my work.

Paper is so readily available! It doesn’t need to be expensive. The cover of this book is just plain old painted newspaper.

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I’ve built up the surface on cardboard from a cereal packet – glued it down with Matte Medium and added a protective coating of the same on top. Doodles featured heavily on some of the painted surfaces before being cut or torn and laid dowuse pn. Really simple zigzag stitches were added – more as surface interest than anything else. If you are going to try it – just make sure that any paint or glue is well dried before you start.

I use paper for my daily nine patches too. These might seem a waste of time – but the colour combinations have seen their way into other peices of work, so nothing is wasted.

 

Posted for the April A-Z challenge. The posts on this blog all relate to creativity in some way. ‘Chatty’ A-Z posts are appearing here.

Blogging from A to Z – April Challenge – A is for

Abaca

It has long been my habit of ensuring that I spend at least 15 minutes a day doing something creative. I highly recommend the practice – especially if inspiration seems to have disappeared. The object is to do something.

One of my favourite materials is Abaca Tissue. This plant based tissue has some lovely properties.

Firstly – it takes colour very well, and a variety of results can be created using either water colour or dye.

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Patterns are sometimes a surprise – but whether light or dark they are always useable.

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Once dry they take on a new personality. Cut or torn into strips they can be layered into landscapes and more.

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This versatile material can also be used as a basis for stitch – but more about that another day.

I’ll also be posting for this challenge at ChittleChattle.com – completely different subjects.

Lots more blog posts in this series can be found by following this link – or the one in the sidebar.