Saturday, 1 October 2011

Patchwork yearnings

Do you know what I've not done for a while? Patchwork. I feel the inclination welling deep within, I really do. I feel it bubbling and sizzling and welling up. I shall casually flick through my Kaffe Fassett books tonight and see if I feel inspired by any shapes. Mooncalf left me a link ages ago to this blanket by the Purl Bee (I mean, don't anyone feel nervous or anything, but I never forget a comment) and I'm wondering if I want to do some kind of grey + BRIGHT! modern geometric patchwork thing. I've got some grey Liberty print hanging about, actually. And I'm sure I could find a couple of bright contrast colours. Hmm, off to think. In the meantime, what comes to your mind immediately when you think patchwork? Quilts? Cushions? Lovely hippy clothes? Of course not.
If you can't hide it, make it a feature
Dustbins. Here in Cambridge we have a thriving subculture of dustbin art. It's because our houses are very, very small, and our Council's recycling ambitions are very, very large, so we all have three enormous dustbins which we have to fit in somewhere in our tiny gardens. Someone down our street has painted a very realistic cat on theirs an I often see stripes and flowers and things like that. I sometimes look at those stickers with flowers on you can buy online but then I look at the prices and decide they are not my top priority.
Sadly the contrast means you can't see next door's attractive drainpipe
And the sunset looked pretty earlier. This is the view from what we laughingly call the study. One day I want to make some setting sun mittens. In the meantime I'm trying to get better at my stranding and learn intarsia (have you seen these intarsia designs? I love them. Look for the sheepy mittens) and researching sunset colours. It may take a while.

8 comments:

Vivianne said...

Quilts. Lovely photo of the sunset. Den sounds snugger than study ...

Denise said...

I've been looking at quilting blogs and my fabric lately. Which according to my blog, I did this last year.

I have NOT forgotten your fabric. You should be getting a surprise in a few weeks if the postal is more prompt with you than it was with me. *grin*

Marushka C. said...

Sometimes I think about transforming quilt designs into colorwork knitting. (and vice versa)

Susie said...

More a hole than a den. Cross stitch designs would translate well into quilting or colourwork knitting (but not teddies holding balloons).

Denise, that is beyond kind and you do NOT have to! You have got enough on without sending stuff to me!

Ms C @ HappyElastic said...

I love the patchwork effect bin. Mine has got some stickers of nauseatingly twee kittens I picked up from the local bargain shop for 20p. It was either that or puppies.

Susie said...

I would love nauseatingly twee kittens or puppies and will go and look in Poundland.

Scrollwork said...

What is "twee"? (the non-Brit asks). The first time I encountered the word was on regretsy, and I thought it was insider code. Apparently not?

hanna said...

Hi, ich suche Patchworkstoffe als Designerstoffe. Habt Ihr einen Tipp wo man so Stoffe Meterware findet?