Tuesday, March 4, 2014

More harlequin experimenting....


Hello!
What are you up to today? I have been having a bit of a restless week, I am having trouble settling at  any one task, I am doing little bits of things and then moving onto something else, not a very productive way to be!  I think I am trying to achieve too much in too short a time and so am not really getting on with anything properly!! Oh well, I guess I will just keep muddling through my days, and hopefully this restless mood will pass.

Anyhoo, onto other more enjoyable crafty matters, I thought you might like to see what I have been playing around with as a side line to my bigger autumn blanket.  I am experimenting to find a way to create a diamond blanket that has all different coloured diamonds using the tapestry crochet technique, instead of rows of the same colour like my last couple of blankets.  I still really love the rows of colours, but would like to have a go at a more patchworked effect with individual colours for the diamonds.  I know I could just crochet lots of diamonds and sew them together, ( I am doing that for another blanket) but I like the nice thick fabric that the tapestry technique creates and also it would be fully reversible instead of having a right and wrong side.  I am sure this has been down before, but I enjoy figuring things out for myself!


So these rectangles are where I'm at.  Each one is a made up of two colours, and when I sew them together I will get a multi coloured diamond pattern! 

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I am liking how geometric they are looking, I think you could make an interesting blanket just by combining random colours and sewing them together in rows.  Lots of potential with this I think!


 But this is what I am going for at the moment, see how I am getting nice big diamonds from the four rectangles when they are placed in this pattern? I'm happy with that!

I have to be careful that I do the colours in the right spots to make this work, but if I do a colour layout on diamond graph paper I should be sweet.

So you see lovely readers, my love affair with all things harlequin goes on!! :)

We will see how this turns out once they are all sewn up......


Doing any experimenting over at your place?

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PS. A big hello to all the new people reading this blog, and thank you for all the lovely comments you guys leave me, I really appreciate them.  Everyone is so supportive, encouraging and kind in this creative blogging community!! xxx  I am making a big effort to become a better bloggy 
citizen ( I have been slack for too long) and to reply to comments you leave here, so if you leave a comment maybe check back in a day or so and I will hopefully have replied to you!  
I have only been doing this for a little while, as I realise I  should really make more effort to communicate other than just my posts, which I kind of see as open letters to you all!
Anyway, it could all fizzle out in a week, but I will try not to be 
overwhelmed and to stay on top of things!

I have something nice for you all coming up soon, I hope you like it!

Have a great day!
Talk soon,  J xx


31 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Love how you embrace these challenges and create something new and beautiful. Looking forward to seeing where this experimentation leads. :)

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    1. Thanks Christina, it will be interesting to see how it turns out. Thank for visiting! Have great day, J xx

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  2. Good morning Jules,
    Loving all your experimenting, such a clever idea and I'm looking forward to seeing the end result.
    Also... love, love, love your new header because its so YOU , with all your lovely unique makes, gorgeous !
    Have a good week,
    Kate x

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    1. Thanks Kate, glad you like the header, I don't know why I don't change it around more often! Have a lovely day, J xx

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  3. I would plan myself crazy with these diamonds! As you say, might be great to just do them randomly. But then, so would the diamond layout.

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    1. Hi Stel, yes, there are lots of possibilities with these! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day, J xx

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  4. I really like this idea Jules!!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  5. Loving these diamonds Jules, it's going to look amazing whichever way you go about it........ It would do my head trying to figure it all out and drawings graphs etc. but you've certainly got the knack.
    I've eco printing today, I did a workshop and had so much fun. I steamed 2 bundles of leaves and fabric before I went to bed, intending to unwrap them in the morning and see the results, but here I am at 2 minutes past midnight. I couldn't sleep so I got up and unwrapped them and am very happy with what I found.......
    Hope you manage to get over the restlessness, I know exactly how that feels, thankfully it will pass.
    Hope we get a good drop of rain today.....

    Claire X
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    1. Hi Claire, Eco printing sounds intriguing! I know how you feel not being able to wait to see results in the morning! :)
      You can send some rain down our way too, it's been so dry lately...... lovely to hear from you , have a great day! J xx

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  6. Your attention to detail is brilliant. Something would be waiting to catch me out.of that I have no doubt. I have been thinking about you lately as I have been making some of your treasures for my local charity shop. So your kindness is going around and around.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I'm glad to share the crochet love :) Have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by, J xx

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  7. I love the harlequin squares and that you can make diamonds with them. Very creative. :)

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  8. It looks great, I can't wait to see the finished thing!

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  9. Looks fab,think will be amazing. I am new to your blog,loving it as saw you in simply crochet. Good luck with it x

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    1. Thanks weered, and welcome aboard! :) J xx

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  10. I'm loving the diamonds and think I will most definitely but this on my list of to do items! Maybe not a blanket but pot holders or trivets! I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it.

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    1. Hi Betts725, pot holders are a great idea, I might try making one myself! Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day, J xx

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  11. Love this look. Thanks for sharing. The colors are terrific too!
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/02/cath-kidstongreengate-inspired-bakeware.html

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    1. Thanks Sheila, have a great day, J xx

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  12. Hi Jules, I have arrived here via Meetmeatmikes. I have had a bit of a look around and just wanted to let you know that I love your crochet. It is beautiful and you have inspired me to have a go at tapestry crochet. Is there any good books that you could recommend? Keep up the great work. I am hoping to set up a blog soon too.

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  13. so pretty! I love to see what you do and hope to emulate someday! You have a great blog and you do a great job! Thanks!

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  14. Oh! I really like that! Clever you. I could see them as kites too, in a baby blanket. Look forward to the finished piece. Oh yes, experimenting going on here, but not of the wooly kind. I've been walking around on the kitchen counter tops. lol No, not loopy ...yet . ;) My cabinets have space above them to display things on. While spring cleaning up there, the idea struck, maybe something as a background, and since I dabble in allsorts of crafts, I pull out the tin punch tools and set to work, with flashing, after studying on a repeating pattern, and since it will be some length, something simple. So I've been hammering all day.lol

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  15. I love your harlequin creations. This one is going to be over-the-top. By the way I love your blog too. Hugs, Tamara

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  16. Can't wait to see this finished, such lovely colours and your other harlequin blankets are stunning. Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Jane x

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  17. I wish I could just pop over and rearrange diamonds with you all day! Love the tapestry technique, it is just so tactile...congrats on your Simply Crochet article, it's fantastic! Chrissie x

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  18. It is so creative and beautiful... i love the different colours of diamonds in the arrangement.

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  19. I have now been on your blog over 2 hours! My head is spinning with all the beautiful work you do. I love it all, I really do. I made the Stripey Blanket for my daughter a while back. She wanted it lined, which I did with fabric in one of the colors in the blanket. She loved it & I loved working with all the colors & different stitches. Now she wants the Kitty Cat to match her blanket. I've got everything together & am looking forward to making it, soon as I finish an Easter basket I'm doing for my Grandaughter. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration. Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Sandra, you've made my day! Happy hooking! xxxx

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