Tulip Colours and Crochet Lace

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I wanted to create a delicate and feminine appearance by overlaying crochet over the stitched snippets of fabrics.  I am thinking of incorporating these ideas into clothing made from upcycled fabrics, but I am not sure yet how to do that – I will need to experiment!

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Here I used a brighter colour scheme and less stitching, I love the use of chiffons and organzas because of their ‘dreamy’, ‘floaty’ qualities.

Lourdes x

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Tulip Colour and Stitching

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Very often I take photos of something interesting that I intend to use in my work sometime in the future.  However for a change I thought that I would use the colours from the tulips I photographed a few days ago straight away and incorporate them into my current work

As can be seen from the above photo, there are several potential colour schemes to develop.  The finished result is affected by the quantity of a colour used, the effect each of the colours have on each other as well as the actual colours used themselves.  The following colour studies show some of the possible colour schemes that can be derived from the initial subject matter.

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Here I have focussed on purples, blues and a subtle trace of green.  The transparent fabrics used allows new colours to emerge as the layers combine.  Lots of stitches also help to create colour as they combine optically with the colour of the background fabric they are sewn on, the effect being much like the colour mixing properties of a Pointillist painting.

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Here the colour scheme has been kept simpler and purer, by using lots of white with blue and purple.

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In the above photos, the more subtle colours of the tulips have been emphasised and as these are contrasting, they effect is more dramatic.

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Again the more unexpected colours found in the petals have been given centre stage, creating a more striking colour scheme.  I particularly like this combination, I think that it has a dreamy quality.

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In this sample I experimented with some of the paler hues in the flowers.

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My favourite sample where lots of fabric scraps have been stitched together, creating quite a subtle colour scheme with an ethereal feel.

Hope you have enjoyed reading my blog!

Lourdes x

My Garden

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This is my very overgrown jungle of a garden! I thought I would write a little about it as it provides me with lots of inspiration for textiles.  It has been largely neglected during the last few years as I didn’t have the energy or motivation to deal with it, however this year I have found that my interest has returned and I hope that during the course of this summer I will tidy it up.

I believe that the external world reflects your internal world and I like to think that one’s garden could act as a mirror to one’s spirit.  I think that to grow things, to nurture them and to provide all the necessary conditions for plants to flourish, could indeed help your inner life to grow and prosper too.  A garden at the very least, offers a beautiful and inspiring metaphor for life.

I was speaking to my mother on the phone about gardening and looking out at my green tangle of a backyard, I realised that although it is certainly verdant, there is a lack of bright colour.  I then decided that I really need to plant some flowers that will splash some brightness and celebration on to this predominantly green canvas.  I am thinking of towering plants like delphiniums, hollyhock, foxgloves and lupins as well as smaller flowering plants such as cornflowers and tiny lobelias.

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My first attempt to add some colour was buying this little sunflower, which already has cheered things up with it’s presence on the patio.

I am feeling excited by these ideas of planting things and I don’t really know how I ever lost interest in the first place!  Of course a big part of it is that there will be more source material for textiles experimentation and that is always great fun!

Lourdes x

More Tulips

imageI bought these purple tulips mainly to see how they would dry and I wasn’t disappointed in their performance! I like the delicate colour scheme very much and the inclusion of complementary colours, purple and yellow brings a vibrancy.

The papery texture is also pleasing and as the petals have shrunk they have been pulled into tiny ripples.

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Infact they are quite similar to little watercolour paintings.  I find that the subtle characteristics are often the most inspiring.

When translating some of these qualities into textile design, I would look at ways in which I could recreate the colour scheme.  I find that dyed silk and merino fibres as used in feltmaking are really good for providing organic and sensitive colour palettes.  Also fabric paint could be used to recreate the colours, particularly silk paints and silk habutai would be an ideal fabric to work with as it is similar in weight and translucency to the tulip petals.

Thanks for visiting!

Lourdes x