Saturday, 4 April 2015

Yellow


I've wanted to work with some curves in English paper piecing for so long now, and last month, I finally launched into designing something where I could use them and I'm finding these flowers so incredibly joyful to make! They were inspired by some new bed linen.

A few months ago, after over a decade of having completely plain white bed linen, I suddenly craved some colour, quite unexpectedly, triggered by walking past some cushions and throws in John Lewis (which makes me think it is probably not safe for my bank balance to walk past things in future). I've never owned any of these curious bolster cushions before and chose them purely for the colour and then was delighted to find that there's a practical reason for their existence - they are so comfy and supportive to rest against when reading or sewing!

I've read so many research studies over the years saying that changing things - whether it's the route you take to work or the order that you get dressed in - is good for the synapses in the brain and I now feel convinced that a complete change of bed linen colour every decade is the same. Every time I walk into the room I feel surprised and delighted by the splashes of egg-yolky yellowness*, doubly so on realising that my book cover matched the bed linen!



Our bedroom is very plain, even with the newly acquired spatterings of egg yolk and I decided that I wanted to create something in a similar palette to hang on the wall. The duvet cover has a few panels of interlocking flowers embroidered onto it, which you can see below - so I decided to base my design on this.


It hasn't really ended up being the same, but it's definitely a nod to the original inspiration.


I'm planning on releasing this as a pattern, just as soon as I've finished sewing it together myself (which is proving to be very slow, not because the piecing is overly time consuming, but just because I've been working really long hours over the last month), but the Easter holidays have already offered up some time for sociable hand-sewing while watching this wonderful film (no knowledge/love of golf required - it's just wonderful in its own right) with our children and then catching up on the televised election questions and debates in the evening.


Finally,  I feel curiously compelled to talk about emoticons as there are 300 new emoji soon to be released with iOS 8.3 (that's the iPhone operating system, but I'm guessing similar are available on other devices?) and I feel bizarrely excited by this! I was very late in embracing emoticons, mainly for slightly snooty reasons of feeling that they didn't look pleasingly designed and also because whenever I saw those garish yellow faces (pictured below - alarmingly similar in colour to my current sewing project!), it just made me think of the 1980s acid house smiley face and I couldn't quite work out what its relevance was in 2014. And then there's the whole thing of why use a picture when there are so many wonderful words. But regular exposure therapy and stuffing yourself into 140 characters on Twitter on a regular basis changes that slightly. I now love how much a simple picture can convey and there's a whole new satisfaction to be gained in trying to communicate an entire message solely through the use of pictures in a text - it's like a game of Pictionary being thrown into your day at random times.


I would say that I am now a relatively enthusiastic user of them when texting, most especially with my daughter, husband and sister (I have also found that sending my husband a picture of a single smiling poo with no accompanying words after a disagreement is actually far more effective than an apology for quickly restoring equilibrium - pictured above). However, I do have all sorts of inexplicable self-imposed rules for appropriate usage of emoticons stored in my head. I read yesterday that they're likely to become more widely used by businesses in the coming years, which feels like an odd thing. What do you think of emoticons? (nb. I've found that calling them 'emoticons' rather than 'emoji' in front of a young person may elicit much snorted laughter and scoffing. There is nothing like having a teenager in your life to make you feel very, very old). I think they're possibly very much like Marmite (emoticons, not teenagers).

And if you're wondering why a smiling poo exists in the emoji keyboard, I read yesterday that a pile of poo is considered good luck in Japan and that at the time that Apple created the first set of emojis they were trying to break into the Asian marketplace.

Florence x

* Colour link memory: when I was about ten, my aunt bought me an umbrella in exactly this colour and I always remember her saying that she enjoyed the thought of people watching an egg yolk scuttling along the road from an upstairs window. As an adult, I am on the QV** for a sighting of a moving egg yolk out in the street, but am yet to see one. I'd quite like to.

**I know shamefully little French beyond GCSE level, but being 'on the QV' is one of my favourite family expressions for being hyper vigilant at all times, taken from the French words 'qui vive' which translates literally as 'who lives', but which essentially means to be on the lookout and question 'Who goes there?', I think it may be a relatively common term in English language now, but I personally hadn't heard it until my sister jokingly said it in conversation several years ago when posing for a photo where she was peering out at something suspiciously and announced to me that she was on the QV.

21 comments:

  1. So with you on the 'e-thingys ' hated them at first associated them with the awful 'lol' now having discovered them on my new phone having fun with them! hoorah for new ones as I have yet to find a sewing mchine one?
    bestest daisy j x

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  2. I had to embrace emoticons this year when my dad started to use them! He always puts two guinea pigs and a rabbit at the end of his texts becuase those are the pets we have! If I'm having a bad day and he gets wind if it I sometimes end up with just two guinea pigs and a rabbit to cheer me up! X

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    1. I love wordless support like that - what a sweet thing for him to do.

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  3. That's beautiful! I love the colour.

    Is it harder to do pattern piecing with curves, and do you need a different technique? I've only ever done it with straight-line shapes.

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    1. I'm planning to do a post about it at some point soon! x

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  4. How are you enjoying that book? Would you recommend it?

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    1. Yes, I would - it's a lovely collection (I have a few stories left to read as I tend to save it now to take along to my son's swimming lessons when I want something shorter to read).

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  5. I love the colour of your latest EPP its a great shade of yellow not too zesty ! If asked I would say that I'm not that keen on yellow, but thinking about it each of my 3 daughters bedrooms are yellow, such happy rooms ( my son has green, my favourite colour) I'm sure your new EPP is going to be beautiful like all of your previous ones !
    I would love to make a cushion from your new pattern once you release it , but I'm not sure I've recovered from making my double bed size drunkards path quilt yet :)
    Have a great Easter x

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  8. I adore reading your blog - thankyou so much for taking the time to share your passion. I am looking forward to doing some EPP and with curves too !
    I thought that you might like to know that in France (where I live) the simple expression to wish somebody luck is to say 'Merde' and I'm sure your GCSE French can figure that one out !

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    1. Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing that!

      And thank you also for your kind words about my blog. x

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  9. My husband refuses to use emojis, out and out refuses. I feel bad for him. I agree, there is something very pleasureful about sending a little smiley poop (I like to add a gust of wind behind him for a little extra flare!)

    You've got me almost convinced to try EPP with your stunning new pattern. Of course I realize I'd have to start with something simple but I really want to skip all that and make this lovely yellow one!

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    1. My husband refused until relatively recently, but they pull you in! (He also refuses Facebook/Twitter - many of my friend's husbands seem the same on this).

      You definitely should try it - it's a quick learning curve! x

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  10. Love the colour and design. I have fun redoing a room, my family laugh at me and say 'here she goes again'. At present I am building seats for the garden out of pallets. Then I am going to make the cushion pad using some of Susie Watson Design fabric, I love the look and feel of her fabric. Just need to get them screwed together and painted. What's fun is that the actual seat is all free, so satisfied

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  11. I've just discovered emoji too
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    1. This doesn't show up properly on my computer screen - but it did on my phone - I love it!

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  12. Love that little yellow work!!! gorgeous. I have three boys who would do anything to avoid actual writing of words... I'd delete the emoji from their phone if I could, take me ages to decipher what they're trying to say when two words would do just fine! (but I secretly love them!)

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  13. Wow. Good work - that's worked really well. Love the yellow curved patchwork!

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Florence x

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