Sunday, April 17, 2011

Trompe d'euil

Off needles is a pair of blue jeans. For my 1½ year old granddaughter. The pattern is BLU, and after reading Helen's post about Debbie Bliss' cotton denim aran I decided to use it for the project. However, the brand is discontinued, but Helen generously took six skeins from her stash, one skein in a light shade for the turn-ups, and sent them to me. Thanks, Helen, for this lovely gift, and the fine card. I love your sense of details and noticed how the fur of the cat matches the dark shade of denim. You are right about the yarn. I have washed the pants and the fabric keeps it's softness, perfect for a toddler.
The actual knitting takes no time. But the finishing keeps you occupied and wrapped up for quite a while following the instructions from the clever ladies of the Mason-Dixon Knitting
Last Saturday I went to the National Gallery of Denmark. The Gallery has quite a collection by Cornelis Nobertus Gysbrechts 1630-1683 who worked in a style of painting which gives the appearance of three-dimensional, or photographic realism. Translated from French it means "trick the eye." Trompe d'euil.
I took this photo of a cupboard, it has real hinges but when you open it and see the blank wall behind it you realize that you have been cheated. 
It was while I was working the fake seam I realized I was doing my own piece of Trompe d'euil. In stead of canvas and brush I used a needle and a thread of orange cotton creating fake turn-ups, pockets, fly, rivets and a button to make the illusion. 
After finishing I pinned the work to my display board and admired the work.
First from the front
And from the back. The label is a piece of brown felt.
The last days I tend to see Trompe d'euil everywhere. And curiously enough, I remembered this mural.
It was painted in 2008 and the house lies in a street only five minutes from where my grandchild lives. I like the way the old chimney form the red top of the pencil. And of course the anti-war message in this huge drawing. And why did I come to think of this. Perhaps because the Italian artist's name is Blu.
If you have become interested in seeing more paintings in the Trompe d'euil style, this is, in my opinon, the best way you can spend 3,01 minutes.


  1. What a fun project, the pair of jeans. They look amazing!!

  2. Thank you for this post! I have decided to make these Blu jeans too - just this morning I thought of them and decided it was time I made them. I wonder what wool I will use? Yours turned out beautifully!

  3. I love the detail on the jeans. They are perfect for your little granddaughter. I hope you share photos of her wearing them.

  4. I was finally able to watch the video - how wonderful. As are the little jeans.


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