|Tree decorated with pompoms and lanterns |
made from Kaffe Fassett fabric
Kaffe Fassett is a master colorist, working mainly in the medium of knitwear, quilts and needlepoint. He has had a long relationship with the American Museum, and the exhibition included several needlepoints and drawings based on pieces in the museum. The pieces on display were delightful: bright, intricate and inspiring; everything you would expect from Kaffe Fassett.
|Recreation of Kaffee's working space? Some studio!|
|Moving on to the blue room|
|Making the most of contrast colours|
|Getting inspiration from Kaffe's swatches|
|complementary knitwear and quilt|
|Quilting, knitting, needlepoint and painting. |
Is there anything Kaffe can't do?
I find Kaffe Fassett knitwear to be visually attractive, but not particularly appealing, or even wearable. The knitting requires fiddly techniques using too many colours to be practical. Also, the shapes are typically oversized 1980s - not my favourite style.
I was more drawn to the quilts and needlepoint. The quilts were mainly in wild, vibrant colours, and Kaffe has a whole line of quilt fabric, so it would be pretty easy to recreate the Fassett effect. The needlepoints often used more subtle tones. I'm very tempted to try to recreate some of the beautiful vegetables in purples and greens.
|Beautiful beet needlepoint|
|Bringing the garden inside|
Some of Kaffe's needlepoint patterns are available for sale from Ehrman Tapestry, but not the vegetables. If anyone knows where I could find them, please let me know!
And don't neglect to visit the rest of the museum (the only one dedicated to American craft outside the US), because there are other Kaffe Fassett treasures scattered throughout.
|Flowers and fabric swatch|