Monday, February 17, 2014

To Match or Not to Match, That is the Question

Stripes must be matched...or else
While browsing the new fabric arrivals every morning, (as one does, like some folks read the NY Times),
I came across this lovely knit from EOS. Then I saw this line and burst out laughing.
"What are you laughing at?", Mr. Hunting Creek asked.
"Look," I said, showing him. "Stripes must be matched."
"That's kind of bossy." he said. "What if you don't want to? Do they make you sign a paper before you buy it, agreeing to match the stripes?"
"It makes me want to NOT MATCH them," I said. "Not match them on purpose. You aren't the BOSS OF ME French red/mint/chartreuse graphic stripe knit!."

There are many ways to not match stripes on purpose, and I spent some delightful time imagining them. Cutting some pieces on the bias and some horizontally and some vertically. Color blocking with a solid or a print. I'm sure I can think of more if I put my mind to it. So thanks, bossy French knit. You've given me some great ideas. How many ways can we not match stripes and still make a harmonious composition?? That may be a good puzzle for 2014.


Kris C. said...

Hahaha - that's pretty funny! I love seeing when other people have a similar sense of humor to mine.

Tanit-Isis said...

I saw an awesome dress on a blog last year sometime in a really wide, multi-coloured stripe. She had offset each stripe so that the blocks of colour alternated and it was awesome---way more interesting than matching.

I'd argue that that narrow and busy a stripe doesn't really need to be matched at all! :) that instruction certainly makes me want to notatch them at all! :)