Friday, July 4, 2014

Remix Friday: Klimt Babette Blanket

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.

The Crocheter
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

The Story
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.

The Remix
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!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing my Babette Sara! Hope it inspires others to have a go!

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    1. Thank YOU for letting me share it! It certainly inspires me.

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