Category Archives: Colours

It has been a grey summer

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It has been a long time, hasn’t it. And the picture above gives away a little bit of the reason why. I made this cardigan this summer and it is grey and made with a very straightforward, quite easy pattern ( Drops Design – Weekend Walk). Grey and straightforward aren’t exactly keywords to usually describe my work, but this is all I could manage. A lot has happened, and it wasn’t all good. A good thing was, that our youngest son moved out to go and live on his own. I never imagined this was going to be so hard to me ( yes, the nest is getting empty). Something else was that my father passed away after being ill for a very long time. Saying goodbye just took too long and that was a horrific period as well for him as for the family. I’m sure he’s at peace now and it is good to see my mom is working very hard to make her life worthwhile again.

So, after all these months, I’m trying to go back to where I was and slowly I’ll get there. All I can show now, is a little sneak peek of what I’m working on. (there is evern some colour!)

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Groetjes, Dorien

Going on a trip to Central and South America

Before I’ll tell you about anything happening over here, I want to apologize for not responding to your lovely comments on my last post. I’ve read all of them with pleasure, and it is so nice to see that I’m not at all the last person reading paper books. In fact, telling me you have ordered a book case of 3.5 meters makes me a little bit envious!

But back to now. Since my last post we’ve had a very stubborn and obstinate guest. He (of course it’s a HE) took over our home and family, and didn’t want to leave. Mr. Flu! What a nasty guest he has been. But, with leaving a little bit of rubbish behind, he finally has left the house.

I’ve used this opportunity to go through a few of my most beautiful books.

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Both are by Catherine Legrand, who has an eye for textiles and costumes from over the world. The pictures are wonderful with lots of detail.

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Looking at these pictures, my eye was drawn to especially the fabrics and colours from Central and South America. And on pinterest I found a lot more.

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Mosaic of Pictures from Pinterest textiles

Looking at all of this, I wondered if I could do something with it. Weaving is not something I do; I like a bit of embroidery, but not too much. But, I do love knitting, so I thought it might be an idea to translate the colours and motifs into something knitted.

I’ve come up with a few  small patterns so far.

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Lots of ideas, which take a lot of time for computerwork; not really my forte. So I’m going to start with making samples, to see how the colours work, and to get a final idea of what I want to make with it.  To do this, I need yarn. Of course.

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Beautiful Shetland Wool in the most wonderful colours. I’ve tried to find at least 4 shades of every colour.

I’ll keep you posted!

Groetjes, Dorien

Guess what? Coloured circles again!

Hello, how nice of you to stop by in my little corner of blogland. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day around here. The sun is shining abundantly, and temperature is going up fast. I had a scarf around my neck, walking with Fleur just now, but that was already to warm. So maybe, finally Spring will find its way.

My back is almost back to normal, although I’m still a bit cautious with what I do.

In my last post I showed you the piece with squares I made. I added one more row and attached both sides to make kind of a cylinder.

Made some extra rows:

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Can you already guess what it’s becoming? Maybe the next picture will help!

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Okay, here it  is!

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Another bag of course. I’m just so fond of bags, that I keep making them.

The size is perfect for going to the market, but it’s also great as a library bag, or a project bag.

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The pattern is in my shop

Have a great weekend!

Groetjes, Dorien

Bubbles

Hello! Totally unexpected, I didn’t blog for almost two weeks. Last week the boys had spring-break and went of on a camp. So that gave my husband and me the opportunity to paint the living room. This was something we already wanted to do when we moved into this house; 7 years ago!
Funny thing was that the painting itself wasn’t that much work, but moving out all the books and the furniture, that was just a lot of work. But it was worth it.

This week I started sewing on all the circles I made.

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Although there are more than 80 circles, I did it in less then 3 days. Because I prepared the circles like I described in my last post, it was quite easy to applique them.

The quilting is free motion, with a kind of curls in the white space. They are not made exactly the same, and maybe even a bit wonky, but I like the way it brings the quilt to live.

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Fingers crossed that my Swap-partner likes it.

Groetjes, Dorien

Color Circles

 

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This week I’ve been paper piecing a lot. The mini quilt I’m making so much fun to do, that I even started a second one.

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In both quilts I’m making a kind of color circle, using scraps.

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The first top is quite bold, the second has a much lighter appearance.

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It is so nice to see what you can make with the same colors, the same kind of pattern, but just small differences.

Both tops are waiting for a border, but I can’t decide whether to use only a small binding (probably dark blue), or to make a border in strips, using the main colors in the top. I do know that I want both to have the same finishing. Any ideas?

Groetjes, Dorien

Transitions

 

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Hello! I’m squeezing in a bit of time to make a blog post. Since I started making a cowl, I’m knitting almost all day. It is so much fun to see how it is growing into something I really like. But first I want to show you something else, but a bit the same too.

The picture above is a detail of a scarf I made last month. The pattern is based on an old 18th century embroidery pattern, which I found in the library. I changed it a little bit, in order to make it longer, a bit like a garland. That way it would be perfect for a scarf.

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The squares I added, because the scarf would otherwise become very sweet and romantic, also because of the colours I used. With the triangles with squares on both ends of the scarf, I had the idea it became a bit more contemporary.

The whole scarf is knitted with only two colours of Drops Delight (06 and 14). Because of the colour transitions it looks as if a lot more colours are used.

The same happens with the cowl I’m making. I started with the same embroidery pattern, but since it is for a cowl, which is knitted in the round, a lot more adjustments had to be made. Basically, I had to redesign the whole pattern. Again I’m using two colours of Drops delight(12 and 09).

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It’s obviously not blocked yet, but the way it is turning out is so great. I just can’t put it aside to do whatever else I should do. Now the big challenge comes. The bottom is quite wide, and to make it warm and cosy around the neck, I have to decrease the number of stitches. To do this in pattern, is not too easy, but I want this so much to work out, that I keep sketching and counting and drawing and erasing everything and starting over, just until I get it right.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Dyeing Yarn

Hello! How nice of you to stop by. Yesterday J. got back home from his camp, so the next days I am alone with him. And immediately the first day, we got to do what we both like so much: playing a game. We are the only two members of this family who like to do so, and I must admit, that it made me quite happy, when he asked me to play with him.

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This picture was taken right after we started, so the piles with money on both sides are quite equal. Now we are taking a break, and I’m not brave enough to make a picture now!

This morning, I finally did something I was wanting to do for a very, very long time. It started with this:

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Beautiful, soft Merino soaking in the sink.

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made:

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These jars were put inside a pan with a layer of water in it. I squeezed the water a bit out of the yarn, and put it in the jars.

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All the yarn had to be soaked in the lemonade, and then the water had to be brought to a boil. Fire out, and wait until it has cooled of.

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Then when taking out the yarn, it was clear where all the colour went:

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I gave the yarn a good rinse, and now I have this beautiful coloured skein.

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This is really a lot of fun; it’s clean and quick. Now only the kitchen has this rather sweet smell. Too bad, Kool Aid isn’t available in our country.

Groetjes, Dorien

Making Swatches

I hope you have had a great (long) weekend like we did. With both the boys out, we had a lot of time to be together again. We went to Amsterdam, had a lovely dinner in town, did some reading, watched TV together (we never do!) and enjoyed the quiet very much.

Now it’s all back to normal.

On my table: swatches.

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I am asked to make a pair of skirt guards for a blue/cobalt cargo bike. So I started with this swatch, using bold, bright colours. But I think they are too bold.

Because of the colour of the bike, there was asked for black, blue, yellow, white and brown. So that made the next swatch.

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A lot better, don’t you think? But while I was playing with these colours, I came up with another one, completely out of my comfort zone, but I love it!

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Well, now all I have to do is wait and see if the buyer likes one of these colour combinations.

Groetjes, Dorien

A little bit of Colour Therapy

 

Hello lovely visitors, I hope you are having a great day. Even though the weather in some parts of the world is quite awful. I know I don’t have anything to complain about in that area, but I would loooove to see a little bit of sunshine. It makes the world so much brighter.

Because I just love colours I thought of a little bit of ‘Colour Therapy’. What can you do to make your own world a little bit more colourful? Maybe some bright, colourful, patchwork furniture?

Thinking of that I immediately thought of Squint Limited, a firm based in London UK, specialized in patchwork upholstery. They make even antique sofa’s and chairs look quite modern.

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I just don’t know about this bed,

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Another great firm is Bokja Design, based in Beirut, Lebanon. The way they match fabrics, embroidery and colours is probably something no colour therapist would recommend, but the results are incredible.

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Sometimes they use old Middle Eastern designs, giving them a modern look, using ethnic prints and colours.

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Groetjes, Dorien

9!! My favourite fashion brand

Favourite number 9 is about my favourite fashion brand. It is a brand which carries the most wonderful, colourful clothing, very wearable. It is the Spanish brand Desigual, which has stores all over the world. I discovered it a few years ago in Amsterdam, and ever since, every time I’m there, I just have to go inside the store and enjoy all the colours, fabrics they use, and to have a look at all the different ways they make unusual combinations of fabrics, prints, and the use of embroidery. My favourite items are usually the coats and the bags. I have one of their bags, and I will show you a picture, but I have to warn you, it has been used for a number of years, and it shows.

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Really the perfect bag for me, as it has a lot of pockets, inside and out!
As I said, I also love their coats.  I have been sewing my own clothes since I was about 14 years old. So every time I see something beautiful in a store, I think something like ‘I can do that for a much smaller amount of money’, or, ‘I like it better in a different colour’, or something else like that. So usually I don’t buy anything, forgetting that I just don’t have the time to make everything. And getting ideas over and over again, I usually end up with nothing at all!

But, a coat from Desigual, really inspired me to actually make one for myself. Not an exact copy of course, but using different materials, and different fabrics. I wanted a velvet-like coat , well, I guess since forever, so that was going to be the basic fabric. I added a few other fabrics and colours, did some machine-embroidery, and voila, I had my own coat.

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Now, only favourite number 10 is needed, and for that I want to ask you: “Which or what kind of favourite would you like me to tell about?” Please let me know.

Groetjes, Dorien