Thursday, 25 April 2013
Monday, 22 April 2013
Very summery I think, maybe they were grown in greenhouses.
Colour coding made it all so much quicker and simpler to read.
Or you can look at images for her wares as she designs lovely knitwear?
Now let's get back to CROCHET and the divine sunflower lariat:
My ideas from this are that I want to play with silk embroidery threads and fine cotton or linen embroidery threads and work 2 or 3 d flowers and butterflies with a hook finer than a 1.5 mm.
Ideally the flowers will be slight 3 d such as roses and blue bells, tulips, daffodils or orchids....
And the butterflies will have folded 3d wings not just be flat 2 d ones?
miniature nature inspired crochet would be a whole new departure for me!
I have already started to play with PUPPETS cotton thread size 10 from Coats, bought at the yarn shop in Bridport and a 1.5mm hook and some seed beads from the craft shop in Bridport.
Photos to follow... I didn;t have my flower crochet books with me of course so I had to make it up as I went along which was not great.
Still as one who usually NEVER ventures below a hook size 3.5mm as absolute minimum and is much more used to 4mm/4.5 or 5mm and bigger this was a new departure for me.
And then I want to explore beaded and decorative edges using beads and the puppets yarns as well as I have this book:
and this could adapt some of the edges on plain cotton dance dresses or shrugs and cardigan-jackets worn to Balls and dances for me.
DIRECTION # 5:
INSPIRED COLOURWORK and again using much finer yarns so you can get more colourwork into a piece like a shawl or scarf.
This came about by me watching the great British SEWING BEE on BBC catch up i-player YESTERDAY while adding to that red angora sleeve and suddenly I was gripped with a vision of a really glorious scarf!!!
It was Anne, a lady I hugley admire, a lady of 81 who has the most amazing skills in fitting, sewing and tailoring and who used my own fave Linton Tweed fabric for a style of jacket- jewel neck, short but shapely -that again I always just LOVE.
My skill level is nowhere near hers however and recently I have suffered a massive loss in my confidence in sewing. I do have Linton Tweed fabrics in my attic stash....
I digress: at the end they were in a cafe and she wore this scarf and it was crocheted!!!
And, by the by, when I am totally white- haired I too plan to wear my hair JUST like that, in a chignon, the perfect CHIC granny style.
Now look see:
So THEN what? Well Direction 5 is COLOURWORK and in particular with FINER yarns!!!
I then googled SOPHIE DIGARD as I have been a fan of her work for years and years but I have seen that the above scarf is NOT a Sophie Digard design after all.
Still DO have a look using google images or the link below and GASP in AMAZEMENT at the fabuolous colour work and designs from the Sophie Digard Studios:
This is a FEAST for the eyes and the imagination and had me very excited indeed.
Heart fluttering, breathing fast ans shallow, ooooh when can I have a go, where do I get some fine linens, wool or silks in those subtle but delicious colours?
please note Sophie DESIGNS, she has them made up in Madagascar and orders the dyed colours from sources to her own specifications.... And if you look really really closely on-line you can see stranded work where totally differing strands of colour are combined to a stunning effect.
More of this later.
First - AFTER EPIDEMIOLOGY revision- I can go search for some tapestry wool which is stranded finely so I can have a go, but what hook shall I use?
Go on here follows the link: ENJOY!
SUMMARY OF -NEW- CROCHET DIRECTIONS pour moi:
2. Aran crochet including accessories and household items
3. 3d Thread crochet for jewellery and necklaces and so forth, nature inspired.
4. BEADED thread crochet for bands, edges, straps etc.
5. COLOURWORK in finer yarns to use at least 12-15 colours in a piece....Sophie Digard as inspiration.