Giveaway: The Gentle Art of Domesticity

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.


  1. Mary says:

    Not so quirky but I love brown and aqua together. I just found a vintage floral curtain panel for $1.50 with that combo and it’s hanging in my kitchen now!

  2. Diane says:

    I love orange! I’m such a sucker for it. I love a deep red orange and a bright light aqua together.

    My other favorite, grass green, sky blue and chocolate brown. :)

  3. katyo says:

    i tend to be kind of old fashioned when it comes to color combos, but lately i have been contemplating re-doing my kitchen.. main color white, with seafoam/mint and red accents. I already have a super-fab art deco cannister set in the seafoam green color… My husband got them years ago as a xmas gift for me-I’ve never seen another set like ‘em!

  4. msmoniker says:

    Really liking pink & orange lately.

  5. tia says:

    I am liking red, pink and orange, and a bit of yellow at the moment. Not that crazy but there you go.

  6. Robin says:

    Aqua and fuschia!

  7. Malinda says:

    Orange and red are my favorite combo right now. Actually, orange and any complementary color.

  8. Cory says:

    A color combo that I am yearning to play with is Orange, Purple and Green in bright jewel tone colors. I would love to win this book. I read her blog and tried to win one of the copies that her US publisher was offering. Thank you for another chance to win. Take care and God bless, Cory

  9. jessica m. says:

    some great color combos! lately, i have been liking muted maize, robins egg blue, black and white. love your site–thanks for the chance to win :)

  10. Holly S. says:

    Hi, I’m new to your site, and have to say, this rocks!! Lately I’ve been drooling over the color combor of redish plum and fresh lime. I’m also loving tangerine, greenish aqua, and fushia! Thanks for hosting this contest, it’s tons of fun to see what other people or into right now. :-)

  11. Not quirky, but red and aqua or chocolate brown and agua…my faves!

    Love your site…I’ve been lurking for a long time!

  12. Erin says:

    Well, I would have to say I have lots of favorites,lol. But lately I have been favoring red and orange together. I saw the combo on a pillow and just thought it was awesome.

  13. melanie says:

    I’m having dreams of turquoise, a very yellowish lime green, white and a tree bark color. I’m trying to find a fabric with these colors in it for my baby’s nursery.