LastMinuteLucie and the search for time

My apologies – I have not lived up to my weekly blogger tag so far this month.

The birthday obviously went to my head – too much cake – but now it is the 12th of March and I have nothing uploaded to show for this month’s challenge, which is Pattern.

I am afraid of pattern.

I have watched the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee and envied other’s ease with patterned fabrics. My most patterned items of clothing are pyjamas, which aren’t worn outside the house and therefore are not exposed to criticism or ridicule except by my family.

I am also a bit afraid of colour, so the combination of pattern and colour often stops me dead – hence I am no patchwork quilter…

This month’s challenge was to try to overcome that – not necessarily by jumping on to my sewing machine and running up a glorious african inspired two piece (I wish) but to look at pattern as something interesting, something exciting. To try and learn how patterns work and how they can work together.

In it’s simplist form I have been having a go at rainbow loom type elastics and watching my girls and the Brownies and Guides blend the colours has been a revelation.

I found a very good instruction for doing a bracelet on your fingers – we used two pencils in the end as the elastics can cut off your circulation! Here is my version of the single fishtail:

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Choose your colours and lay them out to make the pattern, then start with a figure of eight round the pencils.

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Add the next to colours, but without the twist in the middle. Take the bottom elastic on each pencil and pull it up over the top of the pencil, dropping each side into the middle.

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Add another colour-again without a twist and repeat the previous procedure with the bottom elastic. Continue on this way, gradually growing your pattern.

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You can basically keep going as long as you want – many bracelets were made on our recent overnight camp with Guides (whole arms worth in some cases) and one Guide made me a splendid glasses necklace. I now have no excuse for not being able to find my specs!

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