Posts tagged ‘patterns’

April 4, 2011

I Made It Monday::Roundup

by heatherkp

Here’s a little round up of some great patterns I’ve made for my pal Betz White.  She began offering her Make New or Make Do Patterns last year and I’ve gladly done a few pattern tests for her. These first couple were done last fall.

Whimsical Woodland Sewing Set

Isabella Tote front and Back

For the Isabella tote I decided to Make New and Make Do by using a recycled pillow case for one side and a new textured coordinating fabric for the other.

Now for this past weeks projects.  Here is a detail of some embroidery I did to accent a fabric I used on this bag.  I love taking bold patterns and embellishing them!

I made this little bunny puppet for a baby shower gift based upon this pattern by Elizabeth Abernathy.  It’s made from recycled and felted sweaters.  I’m thinking of making some mittens based upon this idea for this upcoming winter.

And finally I made this little bee hat (also for a shower gift) based upon a really simple pattern in the book Stitch ‘N Bitch.

 

What have you been making this spring?

 

 

 

February 14, 2011

Motif Monday::Tiles and Doors

by heatherkp

This Monday and next I will share with you a few details I caught in photo’s that are great inspiration for pattern motifs or other artwork.  Everywhere I looked in Provence I found small details, key holes, letter boxes, decorative tiles, ironwork and even decorative door knobs that remain an inspiration for me.  Because there is so much history and the architecture is so much older than most of what we have in America there was inspiration on almost every building.

French Tile patternsFrench Doors and ironworks

It was a pleasure to see such a broad range of period styles from medieval to art deco and more simple country provincial decorative details.  I love that these details are cherished and taken care of rather than replaced.  As we walked and toured each town I was always the last one straggling behind trying to capture these details and burn them into my memory.

January 18, 2011

Trend Tuesday::Pinwheels

by heatherkp

Here is another fun trend I’ve seen popping up all over.  With it’s historic roots in quilt patterns and the fun paper pinwheels that kids play with this design motif is so cheerful.

Pinwheels (click on image for links)

There are so many variations on this motif (like the Chevron’s) and there is probably a style of pinwheel that would make almost everyone happy.  It’s geometric and linear, can be more about form or linework or color depending on how it is rendered.  Not to mention the 3 dimensional versatility that can be used in many materials such as paper, fabric and other materials used for building (plastic composites, metals etc).

 

Pinwheels (click on image for links)

Have you ever made a paper pinwheel?  Don’t you love the childlike spirit invoked by this little motif?

January 18, 2011

Trend::Tuesday::Chevrons

by heatherkp

They are all over the place on everything from grand mom’s vintage throws to wood flooring, paper goods, textiles, rugs, jewelry and wall coverings.

Chevrons, Zig Zags & Flame Stitch (click the image for sources)

I think that the versatility of the chevron is what makes it such a satisfying pattern that never goes out of style.  Weather it is a bold graphic chevron, a subltle knit pattern or a simple line work impression it can be so effectively used in such different ways.

Chevrons, Zig Zags & Flame Stitch (click the image for sources)

I love a well placed Chevron (or Zig Zag or Flame Stitch), how about you?

Do you prefer the bold two color look like black and white or do you like more subtle or multi-color chevron rainbow effects?

January 15, 2011

Sashiko::Saturday

by heatherkp

Samples of some beautiful Sashiko textiles.  Click the photo to go to my Pinterest board and find sources for each image.  Enjoy your weekend!