As I’ve mentioned before in my struggling with colour combinations post my colour comfort zone has always been pastels which is why my first colour combo is Vintage Floral. I took inspiration from a pretty wallpaper I found on Pinterest, I absolutely love ditsy warm floral shades all bought together with cream. To push myself out of my comfort zone I decided to go with Sage rather than my first instinct which would normally be blue. I’m glad I did as I think Sage sets off the colours just nicely. The dusky tones have a hint of Alice in Wonderland and I absolutely love the way they look next to each other.
With these shades I made this granny square from the 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton – one of my fav books on the planet and my go to book when I’m struggling to come up with new project ideas. I love her use of colours and textures and I will definitely be making the Rainbow Pastels blanket VERY SOON! Anyway I digress, back to Vintage Floral – With the name Floral I wanted to make a square from this book to reflect the name and I loved the look of the Nine square Granny, to me they looked like tiny framed flowers.
I decided I wanted to make this 9 square granny a cushion cover so carried on adding BUT as I was working these ‘tiny’ squares up I quickly discovered that although they are small, they require a lot of work!! Crochetting and sewing them together individually was way too much work which made me lose interest very quickly. I started the join as you go method for mini grannies, if you’re not familiar with this method Attic 24 have a great tutorial which you can find here. I’m SO glad I started joining them this way as it saved me a hell of a LOT of time and stopped this little project from going onto the WIP pile.. Also if you hate sewing in ends (Like I do, ergh!) then I strongly suggest that you do this as you go along, I didn’t and spent more time doing this than anything else..
After I found the Join as you go method… I loved making this mini cushion cover, it only took me about 2 days to make (with a full time job I might add!) and complete. The traditional granny square reverse makes this little cushion a vintage gem! I think the Pom Poms and the mismatched buttons finish the look off just nicely don’t you? I love the colours with my upcycled chair in my craft room!
The yarn used for Vintage Floral is Stylecraft Special DK in Pale Rose – Sage – Duck Egg – Cream and Buttermik.
If you’ve made something with these colours I’d love to see them!- Tag me on Instagram @b_moonbytoni