If, like me, you’ve been a Yarnstorm reader for any amount of time, you know it goes without saying that Jane Brocket’s sense for vivid color and pattern is pure genius. Her new book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity: Stitching, Baking, Nature, Art, & The Comforts of Home, is full of the wonderful color inspiration, photography, and prose we’ve come to expect from the blog, only in a more taking-it-slow form befitting the subject matter. The book is a collection of short essays on knitting, quilting, scrumptious food, film, literature, art, gardening, travel, but more importantly, it’s about how these facets of domestic life all spill into one another. A stack of books inspires a stack of fabrics. A bunch of tulips suggests a bright hue for toenails. A box of rich chocolates and a classic English novel are savored together, becoming a single experience. Garden rows become a fair-isle knitting pattern. As these small things and acts flow into one another, one creates an inner and outer life that pleases all the senses.
There’s a lot here for fabric lovers. Here’s part of a passage about “ludic interludes”:
So I took time away from the computer and had a little playtime with a pile of fabrics, as I wanted to see how I could group them to make the best possible combination for a quilt. Like a child at play, I got down on the floor with my fabrics and then I spread them out, lined them up, made favorite groups, introduced them to each other and generally let them take on a personality, just as children do in their imaginative, role-playing games. I’d baked cupcakes that morning and found there was even more playful amusement to be had from matching cupcakes, china and fabric. In fact, I began to wonder why I don’t do this sort of thing every day.
This inspired me to take some sorely needed time to play with fabric. Here’s what came of it:
This will become a Single Girl quilt by Denyse Schmidt. Or maybe they’ll just go back to their own shelves and that time will have just been playing for playing’s sake. Or maybe it’ll become a cake topped with whipped cream and some colorful fruit …
I have one copy of Jane Brocket’s The Gentle Art of Domesticity to give away. I will draw a random winner next Tuesday, Oct. 14, around noon central U.S. time. To enter, please leave a comment about a color combination you’ve been liking lately. The quirkier, the better.