Jane’s World: an exciting April

There are plenty of things I’m looking forward to in April. I am in the process of designing my Crochet Club project for 2014 and have decided to try to use some stitches that are new to me. Its very easy to go back to the same stitches and colour combinations over and over again when designing a new project, so I think it is important for me to have a bit of a brush up on my techniques and learn something new. There are suddenly lots of patterns out there that use crocodile stitch. This is a very time consuming and yarn hungry stitch, but I think it would look lovely worked within a piece or as an edging so I’m going to make this the first thing I tackle.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend a talk given by Kaffe Fassett at the Stitchtopia event a few weeks ago. I have seen Kaffe a few times over the years and always find his talks really inspirational, so it was lovely to be able to see him in his element once again. Whether you are a knitter, a patch worker or a crocheter (or all 3) I think you can’t ignore just how inspirational this guy is when it comes to colour.

Colour is a very personal thing – choosing the shades for a project is one of my favorite things – I love sitting with a mass of yarn by my feet, picking and choosing those colours that I feel are best suited to the purpose of my project. I will always choose bright shades over pastels and I love to pair unlikely colour combinations together to see just what can happen. Accent colours are really important – there is nothing better than a shot of lime green, fushia pink or bright orange in amongst a navy and purple palette for example, add in an aqua blue shade and you’ve got an instantly beautiful palette to play with.

Kaffe’s designs may not be to everyone’s taste, I have heard people say they are too bright, too garish and too difficult to make, but even if you cant imagine yourself wearing one of his knit designs, or making one of his quilts, I would be surprised if you were unable to find even the tiniest element within every single one of his designs that wasn’t an inspiration in terms of colour combination.Kaffe has just won the Turner Prize for colour and a new exhibition of his work is being held at the Fashion and Textile Museum Bermondsey London. I cant wait to go!

I love April in the garden when everything is getting ready to bud and blossom and the forth-coming year looks bright and sunny. It is a time when I make it my mission to sort out my garden. Most years I start with all the best intentions, but then my interest wanes in the summer time when my plants are wilting and dying due to lack of proper care and attention and I realize that I really don’t have an ounce of ‘greenfingeredness’ within me!

To avoid the disappointment of a garden full of flowers which have failed to grow, or have wilted due to my poor care and attention, I am planning to make some tissue paper flower orbs. They are so easy to make and I think they will look great hung up across the back of the Summer House to add some instant colour. Find out how to make them here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KLZ_4sXk2Epaper