Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along (TAL) – Part 5

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Welcome to PART 5 of 6 of the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along – TAL!

If you missed the Introduction and Parts 1-4 you can find the

The INTRODUCTION covers the following:

  • How the TAL will be approached; that is, what you can expect.
  • What the TAL is all about; that is, what we will make, what you will need, where you will find it..

PART 1 covers the following:

  • Pattern Notes
  • Instructions
  • The recommended Yarn and how to substitute.
  • Recommended Hook and the size in different hook size systems.
  • How to substitute the colours.

PART 2 covers the following:

  • colour change again,
  • how to crochet away the yarn tails,
  • some common mistakes that we make during the return and forward pass and how to correct them when ripping our work.

PART 3 covers the following:

  • get organized,
  • how to make a swatch,
  • how to determine your gauge,
  • how to calculate your yarn quantities when you need to substitute yarn for this Patchwork Blanket or plan your own project.

PART 4 has NO VIDEO but on the blog you will find:

  • Colour Schematic for PART 4.


About PART 5

Here you will find the VIDEO to PART 5 of our Tunisian Along!

Here is a PDF for the Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 5

In the video for PART 5 we will look at:

  • How to bind-off your work,

In this blog for PART 5 you will find:

  • Colour Schematic for PART 5,
  • How to bind-off your work,
  • Take good photos of your product/project.

Colour Schematic – PART 5
PART 5 – Sections 1-5  for Panel 1 PART 5 – Sections 1-5 for Panel 2

Colours for 5th (last) Section:

  • Lavender
  • Mist
  • Bordeaux
  • Olive
  • Watershed

Colours for 5th (last) Section:

  • Bordeaux
  • Olive
  • Denim
  • Vanilla
  • Watershed

 

Here is a PDF for PART 5:

Patchwork Blanket Tunisian Along_PART 5


How to bind-off

When you are done with working a piece and you want to give your last row a finished look, all you do is working a slip stitch row as follows:

  1. Insert your hook in into the next stitch in the same manner as for the stitch type or stitch pattern you worked.
  2. Yarn over an pull the loop directly through the loop on the hook, so that one loop remains.
  3. One slip stitch is completed.
  4. Continue in this manner with the forward pass and then bind off the yarn and pull tail through last loop on hook.

For stitch types that tends to curl a lot like the Tunisian Knit Stitch and the Tunisian Full Stitch, I prefer to work a row of single crochet (US) instead of slip stitches to finish of the edge.  This helps to slightly eliminate the curl as well.

Watch the video on Bind-off here.

Slip Stitch Bind Off_Btrix Dsigns 


Take good photos of your product/project

During my experience in crocheting over the years, the importance of great photos of your product or project stayed the same.

It is VERY important!

It doen’t matter if you take photos of products that you need to market, or just taking a photo of a hobby project, the photo can make or break the item.

I will share in very short and simple a few tips that can help you when you take your photos with your smart phone.

1.Clean your lens

This might sound obvious, but you have no idea how many times photos were taken through a dirty lens and everything seems out of focus.  Clean your lens with a soft cloth, preferably from cotton or a soft synthetic fabric.  Please do not your paper towel or tissue as those can scratch the lens.

2. Use natural light

Does not matter whether you shoot your photo indoors or outdoors, make the most of natural light as it is way more forgiving than artificial light.  Consider the following:

  • do not shoot your photos at night,
  • best time to take a good photo is in the morning or late afternoon,
  • find a spot inside your home next to a window to the left or right,
  • choose a shadowed area when you shoot outside,
  • avoid direct sunlight beams on your object,
  • avoid strong lighting behind your object as that creates a silhouette,
  • change your position until you find the best appearance of your object in the available light.

3. Watch the background!

No clutter please!

The most painful photos to look at are those with background clutter.  It takes away the focus from the object and it is simply not pleasing to the eye.  Keep the background clear from furniture, stuff standing around, clothes, and even busy backdrops like a duvet cover with printed fabric. Your bed is NEVER a good background!  Rather place the item, especially when it is large, on the floor.   Keep the background clean and simple.

Here are a few ideas:

White background: This is the #1 option.  This emphasis your item and keep the focus on what is important without distractions. Use:

  • a piece of white melamine board from your local hardware store or DIY store.
  • a white textured piece of fabric like fleece.  Do not use a shiny fabric.  Do not use a sheet that tends to wrinkle and crease.  Knits are better than woven fabric as you can stretch out the creases or shape it better than woven fabrics.
  • a white or matt painted table.  Do not use your oak dining table with it’s glossy finish, it reflects the light and the colour is not flattering.
  • a piece of vinyl.  Some printing companies can print on vinyl you can get a plain white to use as a backdrop.

Textured background: Be careful when you use textured backgrounds as it might not always work well.  Natural is best, but the most popular used for backgrounds are:

  • a piece of wood.  Untreated, weathered, or painted.
  • a plain, neutral coloured wall.  Painted bricks are also popular to use these days, but your raw, natural colour brick wall won’t work.
  • the beach, sand, rocks, stones, leaves, grass, most natural surfaces work well.
  • floors.  This one is tricky as not all floors work well as a background.  No tiles, no Persian carpets (doesn’t matter how beautiful they are to you).  You can consider a cobble stone paving, wooden floor, white or untreated concrete floor, even mosaic, but no floor with too many lines and prints that can run down your project of product.  You can even purchase a box of laminated floor planks or vinyl tiles which you can layout anywhere, whenever you need.
How to take good photos_backgrounds_Btrix Dsigs
Take great photos with the right background

4. Forget the flash!

When you take product or project photos, please, pleeease forget that there is even a flash option on your phone camera! Rather play around with the “Exposure” tool in your favorite photo editing app (we will look a bit at editing in point #11) or take a step back to point #3 and make use of the tips I gave you on natural light.

Without the flash
With the flash

5. Get close, don’t zoom

Instead of using the zoom function of your smartphone’s camera, consider to take a few steps closer.  You won’t loose as much quality of the picture and it might even improve the clarity.  If you can’t get closer, take the photo from a distance and rather crop it afterwards.

Zoomed in
Close-up

6. Use grid lines – rule of 3rds

Using the grid function on your phone’s camera will help you align the object and also to apply one of the popular principles in photography; the rule of thirds.  This is when your grid-lines are made up of 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, equally spaces apart to divide the area into 9 equal blocks. To apply the rule of thirds, you will align the object with the grid lines and their intersection points or keep them as close as possible.  This creates more balance in your photo and makes it easier to view.

Grid lines
Rule of thirds

7. Use different angles

Taking photos from different angles will give you different insights into the object that you capture.  There are various options, but the following will work for shooting products or projects:

  • shoot from a high angle or top down.  Place the object flat on the floor or a table and keep the camera directly over the object to shoot it straight down. (Also consider taking a flat lay photo.  This is very popular among Instagram users these days, but is a whole technique of its own)
  • shoot from a low angle.  Most of the time you will come in line with the base of the object from the floor or a flat surface, with the camera slightly tilted upward.  This method is also easier to keep steady as you place the phone on the floor, surface or another object underneath it to keep the tilted position.  This method could also create more depth and can put a surprising impact on the object.
  • shoot straight on.  This is when your camera lens looks straight to the object and is better when it is something that you can place against the wall.

8. Get stable

Phone tripods are basically available anywhere these days and is a great investment if you like to take photos.  If you do not have a tripod, find an object in your home like a chair and use the back rest or arm rest to stabilize your phone while you take pictures. This is really important when you take photos in low light conditions and will help with the quality of your photos.

9. Focus

Focus on the object and not the background.  It happens many times when you take a picture and everything else is in focus except the object you wanted to take the photo from.  Get everything else in order as you already learned beforehand and just before you take the actual picture, tap on the object on your screen so that the auto-focus feature of the phone camera will set the object as the focal point and then shoot away!  The result will be a crisp and in focus object on your photo.

Out of focus
Tap on image where you want the focus

10. Drop the filters

Using filters is so last century.  It does not do the object any justice, instead it might even look a bit phoney.  So drop the kodak look and the shady frames and get your photos crisp and clear.

Different filters used

11. Editing

There are many photo editing apps available.  You will have to choose some and try them out until you find the one that works best for you.  Here are only a few tools that is available on photo editing apps, that I prefer to use or think that you will find interesting to try out.

Unedited
Edited

Crop & Straighten:  When you want to remove an area around your photo and straighten the lines of the photo.  It is better to crop a photo afterwards than to zoom in before the photo is taken.

Exposure:  Using the natural light as I already explained, without using a flash, you can use the “exposure” tool to lighten the photo a bit and getting clear object.  This tool works especially well when you used a white background as well.

Brightness, Shadows, Highlights:  Adjust Brightness along with Highlights and Shadows to add contrast to the object.

Contrast:  This tool adjusts relative light and dark areas and can help make details stand out.

Vibrance:  This is a tool which increases the intensity of the more muted colors, leaving saturated colors alone.

Sharpen:  Increase “Sharpen” to add contrast to the details and lines within your photo

 

Now that you have a few guidelines to take great photos of your project or product, let’s just recap on what you need to do:

  1. Clean your phone’s camera lens.
  2. Find a spot close to a window to use natural light.
  3. Set up the right background.
  4. Turn off that flash!
  5. Get closer and don’t zoom.
  6. Use the grid lines and the rule of thirds.
  7. Try out different angles to take your shot.
  8. Stabilize your phone.
  9. Get the focus right.
  10. Don’t use filters.
  11. Try out some manual editing and find an app that works for you.

Now you can get your phone out and start shooting those perfect pictures!

 


PART 6 (last part) will be revealed 12 April 2019.  So you will have enough time to catch up if you fell behind.

Enjoy this Tunisian Fun-along!

Beatrix

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