What a joyful colourful day it was.
Elsbeth and I were privileged to attend a workshop by Brandon Mably and to top it all we got to meet Kaffe Fassett. Both of us are clear on one thing…Kaffe and Brandon are our all-time favourite Hero’s.
In fact I can recall in my teens how I wished I could be so lucky to meet Kaffe.
Today we attended a workshop hosted by I Love Yarn, where we got to learn the real art of colour combining – as Brandon said it’s not just about the technique in fact it’s all about the colour combinations one chooses, so much so that Kaffe believes that “if in doubt add more colours”. That sure is a philosophy both Elsbeth and I can subscribe to.
We got to practise our skills knitting the gorgeous Persian Poppy Design.
All I can say is, it’s far less complicated than it looks and it’s a whole lot of fun. Choosing your colour combinations and watching the design unfold one row at a time is an exciting and exhilarating experience all at once. Brandon made us feel totally at ease and reminded us that in fact “mistakes leave room for great opportunities.” And so it was that Elsbeth and I with a whole host of wonderful ladies got to explore the awesome and creative world of Kaffe Fassett Designs.
The following extract is from his amazing biography titled Dreaming in Colour: An Autobiography. Kaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory. Born in 1937, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and bohemians. After attending a boarding school run by the disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then travelled to England, where he made his home. After an inspiring trip to Inverness, Scotland, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, and then the Missoni’s, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and, in the process, revolutionized the hand knitting world with his explosive use of colour. Further explorations let him to needlepoint, mosaics, rug making, tapestries, yarn and fabric design, costume and set design, and quilting. Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and to travel worldwide to teach and lecture.
We learnt the difference between Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting, how to select contrasting colours and how to harmonise colours. But most of all we learned that there is creativity and an inherent desire within each one of us to explore with colour.
The entire day was a feast of creativity topped off with a rainbow of colour!
Enjoy your week!! and be sure to dream in colour