Tag Archives: colour

Mosaics : a new challenge

10 Feb

I’ve always liked mosaics, the more inventive and colourful the better. I dream of having loads of colourful mosaics in my garden and took a lot of inspiration from my trip to Barcelona back in October.

My trip also made me just get on a book a workshop I had been pondering doing for some time, so the same day I got back from my holiday I booked a workshop with Lily Mosaics & attended a day later!

It was a lovely relaxed day, I loved picking out colours and seeing all the different mosaic bits n bobs on offer to work with. I went with the intention of making a small plaque of an owl/bird, that I might have hung in my bathroom, but then on a whim started creating a bold geometric design on a small tray.

It is quite a time consuming activity, (well it is when you do something far from simple as a beginner), I found it very relaxing cutting and playing around with different pieces. I got most of my larger motifs done in the workshop and then took a few spare bits to continue at home. I had already acquired several mosaic tiles myself and I ended up incorporating several of these into my patterns at home, as my design evolved.

I had originally planned to do a grey background, however a went for a lighter white, as I thought it’d make the colourful tiles standout more and match the already white tray.

I rather like my finish tray and found the grouting less arduous than I expected, though some of the really tiny pieces I used were a pain in the bum (lesson learnt).

mosaic tray - nettynot blog

mosaic tray close up - nettynot blog

I have since covered a simple picture frame, I’m not a huge fan of the finished result, I didn’t think enough about the edge where the tiles meet, but it looks alright in situ and still an improvement on the boring pine (fortunately I’m not too much of a perfectionist)!

I also made a set of Rennie Macintosh inspired coasters for part of my parents Christmas present. I really enjoyed making them. It was one of those rare occasions where the idea in my head worked out exactly as I imagined!

macintosh ungrouted - nettynot blog
macintosh grouted coasters - nettynot blog
The only thing I’ve not figured out, is what’s the best way to seal them, I didn’t want to make the lovely matte tiles shiny, but equally don’t want them to end up tea stained. I gifted them as they are, but keep meaning to do further research, does anyone what any suggestions?


I’m eager to do more now & started collecting ideas on a mosaic & garden board on Pinterest. Just need some warmer drier weather now.

Thanks for reading!



12 Dec

I like all my crafty pursuits to have a purpose, I like to have some thing tangible to show for the time spent creating something, which is one of many reasons why I love knitting. I can appreciate why others colour-in or scrapbook for relaxation, but I’ve always felt it’s not my cup of tea.

That said, many years ago when I went on the Amy Butler colour workshop at the festival of quilts (bought as a 30th birthday gift by my wonderful friends). I found it fascinating to see how her themes develop and they mostly start off with a trip, photos and then collages, from which she picks out colours, which then inform the pallet for her new range. I found her talk inspiring and actually really enjoyed making the collage we created on the day (something that has no real practical use). I have actually framed it and hung it in my spare room (which doubles as my sewing room).

When I was feeling a little uninspired recently, I’ve had a tea leaf of an idea brewing away in brain for a little while and sometimes when I have a vision for something I’m quite apprehensive to get it started in case in turns out terribly. However I found collating a few things, ripped out of old magazines and creating a collage helped with the idea brew further and I’m feeling more confident to see it through.

My collage just focused entirely on colour, I found it very therapeutic and I now have a great colour palette of my own to inform my projects.

This was very therapeutic to do, helped with my creative though processes, and I cleared out a loaf of old magazines too (a whole shelf’s worth)!

One thing leads to many others…

9 Aug

Ever since I did a textiles project at school based on the 60’s & 70’s I’ve been quite taken by the designs and colours of the 60’s in particular. I love the flamboyance, a decade of style over substance, that created many things that had never been seen before.
I have many books on this era and loved flicking through them, you really get a sense of inventiveness, excitement & fun from the decade. This period has influenced me in many small ways from the clothes I wore as a teen, the car I drove and some of the items I now have in my home.

Summer of Love Postcard - Nettynot Blog

My love of the 60’s inspired a birthday trip I took with my Mum for my 21st (12 years ago). We went to Tate Liverpool to see the Summer of Love – Art of the Psychedelic Era exhibition (we drove from Worcester at the time – approx 120 miles – just to illustrate the passion). It is probably the best exhibition I have ever been to, all these amazing things I had only seen in books I saw in real life. Most notable was Verner Panton‘s furniture landscape, Visiona II (below), definitely more of an art installation than furniture, but still fantastic as well as Janis Joplin’s restored Porsche.

Verner Paton - Visona II 1970 - Nettynot Blog

It’s the furniture and patternsin particular that stand out when I flick though retrospective books from this era and I’d love to own a Globe chair one day, however impractical they are. I have seen many version of these chairs and similar in museums (York Castle museum springs to mind).

1960s chairs - Nettynot Blog post

Many chairs that come up for sale are either affordable but a shabby mess or pristine and way too expensive. However while in Liverpool, at the Albert Docks my Mum and I had a wander around and came across a rather nice looking furniture shop (sadly no longer there) which had a whole range of lovely new retro inspired furniture. We spent a while in there and came away having bought a lovely chair from the range for my Birthday. Very much in the essence of 1960’s style, I still have the chair and it is still very comfortable!

My 60s style chair - Nettynot Blog

The chair is rather striking but sits in fairly colourless/muted corner of my louge, even with my 1950’s atomic magazine rack, I did have a large square cushion with bold Sanderson Dandelion Clocks fabric that matched the curtains I made but it just felt wrong having a square cushion on a round chair.

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The rest of my decor in my lounge has reds and grey – all taken from the colour pallett of this fabric. It’s taken me many years to get around to it, but I have eventually created a suitable cushion for this chair.

My 60s chair with round cushion - Nettynot Blog

I had intended to just write short introduction about the chair and the the main focus of this post to be about the cushion, however I started getting all enthusiastic and inspired so I going to write a whole separate post about my cushion.

It has been nice to remind myself of the things that have inspired and influence me over the years even if they aren’t such prominent influences now.

Thanks for reading!

Yarndale 2015

4 Oct Colourful yarn at Yarndale 2015 on the John Arbon Textiles - Nettynot Blog

Last weekend, was a great weekend, spent with lovely friends and friendly strangers at Yarndale – what I believe to be the best yarn event/festival I’ve been to. Admittedly I’ve not been to them all (yet!) but Yarndale is a high bench mark. I wish I had taken more photos, but at least these capture some of the colour and variety on show.

Yarndale 2015 - Nettynot BlogYarndale Mandalas - Nettynot BlogI wanted to go this year anyway after missing it last year, but when my friend Jem Weston, had her stall confirmed she asked me if I’d be able to help out and I was very happy to do so. This was Jem’s first solo event and she did incredibly well, I’m sure anyone who saw her stand would agree – her staging and attention to details was great, there’s more photos of her lovely work over on her blog.

Jem Weston's Yarndale Stand - Nettynot BlogWhat I enjoyed most about the whole weekend was just how lovely and friendly everyone was, from consumers to other stall holders and the organisers. I’ve not chatted to so many different people in one weekend before – it was fantastic! It was also a joy to see so many people wearing their wonderful creations and I was very flattered by the many compliments I got on both my Hedgehog Jumper and my colour affection shawl and how many of those people were impressed to discover the jumper was my first 4ply, first fairisle garment that I also adapted (originally Kate Davies Paper Dolls) and (don’t get me wrong, it’s far from perfect, with visible jogs up the sleeves and a slightly too tight neckline – but I love it and I’m rather proud of it).

I set out with a goal for Yarndale – a new challenge – I haven’t really knitted much lace before, I have knitted the odd pattern with a little bit of lace involved, like the clover lace wrap cardigan, but I wanted the challenge of a complicated lace pattern with different elements – I thought a shawl would be a great place to start. I tend to wear shawls more like a scarf, wrapped around my neck, rather than over my shoulders, so I knew I wanted a long thin shape rather than a triangular one. I found a lovely pattern on the Sylvan Tiger Yarns stall called Anisoptera by Petitchoufleur knits, in my desired shape and incorporates 3 stacking lace patterns – definitely a challenge for me! I searched for some lace weight yarn and narrowed it down to a few but it actually came down to colour, I decided on a jade green colour and the best match for that was on the John Arbon Textiles stall and I got 2 skeins (I’d hate to run out and it was only £5) of organically farmed Merino lace weight yarn in what’s called Teal Blue, which in reality I think is the perfect green jade colour. I think this may have to be a pattern that’s done alongside something a little more straight forward as I don’t fancy my chances of it going very well if I take it to Knit in Notts with me.
Future knitting project - Nettynot BlogBeing surrounded by yarn has done me the world of good I’m feeling very motivated to get knitting again, and since Yarndale I have knitted one of Jem’s Lazy Lace Cowls, the pattern and yarn was a  present from Jem for helping her out at on her stand and it was a delight to knit. Being able to knit an entire item in less than a week (albeit a small item) was much needed after my last (slightly frustrated) blog post about things not going to plan. Jem chose colours she knew I’d like – my finished cowl will go very well with my beloved handbag and be a good contrast with my grey winter coat, I just need to sew in the ends and give it a little press.

Finished Lazy Lace Cowl - Nettynot BlogNow to get stuck back into finishing my other projects. I tried to rescue my cross pockets cardigan by blocking the outer pockets, which unfortunately wasn’t successful (but worth a try) however I have accepted the fact that the bottom of the cardigan will have to be ripped back and re-knitted. While I was blocking the cross pockets I did re-start my Blaithin so at least I’m a little bit further on with that now too! PROGRESS at last!

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