20 November 2014

Colour Collaborative: November


As I mentioned in the last Colour Collaborative post, I see November as very much an orange month and the theme of 'leaf' certainly fits in with that.  The picture above is very 'November' to me, rusty coloured leaves and low yellow sun in the sky.

Then look at the beautiful, rich colours in the picture below, wonderful, vibrant orange but with golden yellow, bright and ruby reds too.  I love all the different shades these leaves make.

Photo used with kind permission of Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy

 Photo Credit: Leaf Leaves by Jon Sullivan

But I wanted to move away from my original orangey thoughts, as I talked about those last time in the Colour Collaborative post for October: Halloween.  This leaf picture above gives a totally different palette.  I love the warm honey yellow and sticky browns against that dark, musty old green.  What a fabulous contrast.  I like that it has those dark shades in there, very appropriate for November where the plants are starting to blacken and die back.

But then, as things get darker and colder outside, we search for ways to lighten and warm the inside.  This picture below seems like almost the next step on from the one above.  A more extreme man-made version.  This is a leaf on leaf effect, gold leaf onto nature's leaves.  What a bold contrast that makes.  Warm, glowing gold and deep velvet black.  Wow!

Photo Credit:  Gold der Mazedonier by tilo 2005

Photo Credit: Johannes Jansson

Then to end with one final contrast, I'm going from black to white.

There is something about November evenings, I've found these past couple of weeks, that make me want to turn the leaves of a book.  Snuggled in bed, cozy and absorbed in the story, it's a simple and comforting pleasure.  A tenuous link I suppose?  I hope you'll let me get away with it though because I really wanted to show you how many colours of off-white these white pages make.  I'm normally a bit of a colour obsessed sort, as you know, but I find this mixture of almost whites most appealing.

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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.

S x


19 November 2014

Granny Chic Set is Out

The cat is out of the bag, or more accurately, the magazine is in the shops.  Another of my secretive endeavours has been released into the world via the brand new #Crochet magazine, which means I get to share it here with you too.

This was a fun little project to do because it had a 'granny' theme and I don't need to tell you what a fan of the glorious granny I am.  This time the plan was to design a kitchen set of granny inspired goodies.  So, we have egg cozies, coasters, a cute little bobble edged trim, a tea cozy and of course, some wonderful granny bunting.

I love the richness of the red, which gives a nice cozy warmth to this little collection.  Just right for the hunkering down feel that you get at this time of year.  Well, not all of us of course, I know some of you will be enjoying lighter, brighter days about now but here in old Blighty the hunkering is definitely on the increase.

I love how they have styled the set, it looks very retro chic, I love it and it makes me want to make another of those tea cozies too.

You can find all the patterns in the magazine, which will be in the shops now.
(Issue 2 is the one you want)

Or you can buy #Crochet magazine online here, and as an added bonus, it appears to be available worldwide.

S x


18 November 2014

Pasting it Pretty

There are times when a bit of slap dash crafting is exactly what you want and making over these little Ikea drawers with paper and glue fits exactly into that category.

These particular drawers were firmly in the hands of my Little Miss though, as they were destined to house knick knacks in her room.  Although I was more than happy for her to be in charge of the project, there are times when a child's enthusiasm to get started can led them to rush into a mad session of hap-hazard gluing, painting, over sticking and re-painting.  Fun to be sure but it does give mixed results, aesthetically speaking.  As this was to be on display in her room, hopefully for a while to come, I felt compelled to 'stick my oar in' before she got started.

Luckily, now she is a little older, she is willing to chat over her ideas with me and a loose plan of action was formed.  All her own ideas I hasten to add, but by talking it over and telling me what she wanted to do and how it should look, she got it all straight in her own mind.  Which I thought would do much reduce the chance of the 'random paint colours added in at the last moment and everything turning in a big murky mess' factor!

I was happily in the role of 'Artist's Assistant', passing paint colours, cutting papers into squares and topping up the glue pot.  She enjoys these little creative things so much and it's so sweet to see her confidence in her own ideas growing and for her to be able to direct me, rather than the other way round.

We make quite the little team now and after a while she asked me to help stick some papers to the sides, due to sheer size of the thing and not only was it really fun to do but it was lovely to be sitting there, chatting and working away together side by side. 

 It's a very moreish craft, decoupage.  Sticking those paper squares on in a pleasingly random way was most relaxing.  I find myself looking around the place, looking for something else to attack with the glue pot!

S x


11 November 2014

Painted Roses Blanket in Stylecraft

Wow, you guys!

Thank you so much for such a wonderful reception to my new pattern for this Painted Roses Blanket.  You've really knocked my socks off I have to say.  So many fantastic, kind comments and so many of you giving my pattern a go and planning your own blankets.  (Thank you again!)  It's so much fun to hear of your ideas for colour schemes, who is going to include the black, who isn't and who the end result will be for.  I love the planning and starting stage - it's so exciting.

We've been chatting about yarn choices over on the Cherry Heart Ravelry Group, Cozy Corner.  To get the colours that I wanted for this pattern I used some Stylecraft DK colours and to get that beautiful Duck Egg blue colour, I also added in some Jarol Heritage DK.

❀ FInding Jarol Heritage DK...

For those of you having trouble tracking down the Jarol Heritage DK, I thought I'd share where I got mine.  I ordered online from Wool 4 Less and they do ship internationally, so that's good news if you live outside the UK.

❀ Making the Blanket in Stylecraft...

The other question that came up was which Stylecraft colours would best replace the Jarol shades, for those of you who already have a good stash of Stylecraft, or just prefer to stick to one brand.

So, here's a list of the closest Stylecraft DK colours, if you wish to make substitutions:

Jarol Heritage DK = Stylecraft Special DK
Gold = Gold (1709)
Duck Egg = Sherbert (1034)
Skye = Cloud Blue (1019)
Lime = Meadow (1065) or Lime (1712)

The gold is a very close match, the Skye and Cloud Blue are fairly close too.  There isn't really a duck egg blue in the Stylecraft Special, so the  Sherbert is the next best thing.  It's quite a bit brighter, but I think it still works really well.

The only thing to decide on the is the green.  The Meadow is darker and more muted than the colour I used.  The Stylecraft Lime is a closer shade to the Jarol Lime, but slightly more yellow-ish.  I personally prefer the Meadow, I think the more muted shade of the Meadow balances out the brighter Sherbert.

But these things are very much in the eye of the beholder and although it's hard to show exact shades in computer colours, I thought I'd try and help you in making your own choice.

So here's the different shades of yarn for you to compare for yourself...

The top row is all the Stylecraft colours, using Meadow as the green.

The bottom row is also all Stylecraft, but this time the Lime is the green.

The middle row is the mix of Stylecraft and Jarol colours that I used for the original pattern.

And here's the same colours made up into squares...

I hope that helps you decide what you'd like to do.

Oh and if haven't got a copy of the pattern but would like one, here's the original Painted Roses Blanket post.
(Pattern links at the bottom of the post.)

S x


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