Happy Friday, friends! It's time for Remix Friday, a celebration of innovative pattern alterations made by everyday crocheters. I've been holding on to this project for a while, so I'm really excited to share it with you! Today's featured object is a beautiful intersection of crochet and art. Liz had such a glorious idea and made such excellent color choices. Here's the story of her stunning Klimt Babette Blanket.
My real name is Liz - on Ravelry I'm Harrysmum and I'm Sew What? on
Flickr. I'm a bit of a textile craft tart - I sew, knit and crochet but
my latest passion is quilting. I work full time in a high school and
have two children who do all the usual after-school activities so
crochet is an ideal way to use my waiting time usefully!
The Original Pattern
Babette Blanket by Kathy Merrick
I fell in love with Kathy Merrick's
Babette Blanket, I loved it's random appearance, which was a clever
combination of different sized squares. I'd only just learned to crochet
so had to teach myself how to make Grannie Squares before I went on to
learn how to make the Babette squares.
When I first saw the Babette blanket I was reminded of Klimt's "The
Kiss" painting. I took the children to see an exhibition of his work at
the Tate in Liverpool and was inspired by his use of colour and
texture, especially the rich golden tones. It was easy to see how The
Kiss could be captured in the Babette pattern, so I set to with a handful
of gold wool and the all important black! I didn't have the technical
skill to create the floral roundels in the painting but realised that
splashes of colour would capture the essence just as well!
I designed each section with coloured pencils and graph paper, so not
quite organic but I couldn't have planned it all from the start!
Crochet is... Versatile, colourful, fun
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How absolutely inspiring! This blanket is the true essence of Remix Friday. Liz selected a good pattern, saw the potential for a custom creation, and then blended the pattern with her own dream to create a truly unique masterpiece. Wow! I just love it. Thank you so much for sharing this splendid finished object with us today, Liz!