Sometimes you meet someone and you are just in awe of their work. Do you recognize this feeling? I have this with Rachelle Camora from Cypress Textiles. I call her The Motif Queen because she has such a signature style to her work. Have you seen her creations? I would love to share some of her recent masterpieces with you.
YARN 7 – REEF Book-a-zine
The latest YARN book-a-zine, has an ocean theme, and Rachelle has an amazing blanket pattern in the new REEF book-a-zine. I know she is all chuffed that she has a cool surfer dude modelling her blanket. This blanket shows everything that Rachelle is good at; different shapes, textures, and colors, all mixed in one fabulous blanket. Fact is, just one of these motifs would make a gorgeous blanket all on its own, but she just crams as much as possible into one amazing design!
YARN REEF book-a-zine is part of an impressive series of book-a-zines, with fabulous crochet, knit and fabric designs. YARN book-a-zines are characterized by amazing photography and unique designs. YARN 7 – REEF is available from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Deramores (UK), Black Sheep Wools (UK), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), Bol.com (NL), and many other Scheepjes stockists and bookshops.
The Art of Crochet Blankets
Rachelle has outdone herself with her new book, The Art of Crochet Blankets. In this book she uses other crafts as inspiration, and makes a crochet version of it. She collaborated with 18 renowned artists to make a series of mesmerizing crochet blankets. I believe my favorite blanket from the book is the Sweet Spring blanket, which is a crochet version of a beautiful butterfly quilt blanket. It is just so smart how she plays with shapes and colors. And it keeps amazing me that the maths works for all the joins between the different shapes.
A lazy afternoon making motifs
I had a lazy afternoon to myself a few days ago, and decided to make two of Rachelle’s motifs. I didn’t feel like designing anything myself, didn’t feel like working on any of my zillion WIPs, and wanted to make something colorful to fill the afternoon.
I grabbed three bright and fun Scheepjes Color Crafter Velvet colors from my stash, and made two motifs. Coincidentally Color Crafter Velvet is one of Rachelle’s favorite yarns, now isn’t that a happy match of mine! I made one motif from the Surftime blanket from YARN REEF book-a-zine, and one from the Sweet Spring blanket from The Art of Crochet Blankets.
It’s actually amazing, I chose two random squares, with three random colors, with a totally random color placement, and when you put the two motifs next to each other, it looks like they are supposed to be together. They are even the same size! That is the power of good design, you can’t mess it up, no matter how much you try.
So next time you are looking for something new, or something small to pass the time, may I suggest a motif designed by Rachelle? And if you feel the zing of that one motif, why not make the whole blanket?
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