I am getting very excited about going to see Kaffe Fassett at Toft Alpaca in Dunchurch, Rugby tommorow. Its nearly a 3hr drive for me to get there so I will be leaving pretty early in the morning.
I have a new bag to wear to show my love of colour, its one I have been working on in between other jobs for the last 2 months.
I have mixed together knitting, scumbled crochet and weaving. There are little scraps of vintage fabrics woven into gaps, unusual yarns crocheted onto the surface and some ceramic buttons by Tony’s mum along with a mixture of others.
I have admired Kaffe Fassetts work since the 80’s when I used to do a lot of intarsia knitting.
I love love love all the colours he uses and the way he paints with fabric,yarn and texture.
I’m also looking forward to meeting lots of other colour loving people. Its going to be a fun day…and I have heard even the alpacas are sporting a bit of colour 😉
These pictures have made me want to paint and dye some eggs, I don’t think they’l come out like the ones above but it will be a fun project with Arthur.
The handpainted eggs are believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the household. If you click on the last picture it will take you to some more amazing photographs of the eggs being painted in East Germany.
None of the pictures belong to me and each one is linked to the original source.
So this is what I’ve been up to this morning, making lego from ready to roll icing. You know the packaging that childrens toys (cars etc) are wrapped to in the box the black bits with the holes in, perfect for pressing into the icing and making the bumps for the lego. That may make no sense at all but I know what I’m talking about 😉
Now all I have to do is make the Birthday cake (not so good at that bit) and write Arthurs name in lego.
After making my crochet cushion my head was buzzing with ideas for using all the colourful textured stitches. I thought they would work well as funky gloves. So I decided to make some for Arthur as a test, he chose the colours and where he wanted the stitches.
Arthur loved the fact you could draw a design and in a few hours it became real. ( I say a few hours it actually took 2 days which was a day to long for him to wait hee hee) He’s not taken them off since he got them.
Yesterday we spent the morning in the garden which was fab, and actually dug the 2 small veg patches ready for putting new seeds in. Then spent the afternoon designing together.
We were designing Tea cosies, I love the one with the flowers sticking up out of the cosie, I will be experimenting with all of these ideas. Amazing for a 7 year old to have that sense of design and colour.
I am experimenting with colour and stitches again with this design and writing everything down as I go.
I can’t wait to see this finished, I am sure it will take quite a bit of tweeking before I produce it as a pattern.
You know how much I love colour and crochet, well this is a really fun project! I have been testing out lots of new stitches from a vintage crochet book I have. I have then played around with the stitches and come up with my own versions. My new favorite stitch is the bubble stitch. I have so many design ideas for these stitches that I actually can’t sleep!
I’m making more flowers to be made into hair bobbles, thinking of lovely spring colours and Easter eggs. Willing the cold grey days to hurry up and go away 😉
These were crocheted with 2 balls of yarn, cream DK and a multicoloured 4 ply.