ShadeTree, Issue 1

ShadeTree 1 Cover

ShadeTree Support Page

Welcome to ShadeTree, a collaboration of artists from around the world to bring you unique and adventurous crochet patterns. The inaugural issue is focused on pieces inspired by the art and nature photography of Jessica Wilkinson, AKA, “@VanillaLemonCake” on Instagram.

What is ShadeTree?

ShadeTree is an ebook (possibly print in the future!) of 5 full blanket patterns and 4 free motif patterns which all share a common trait. In this issue, that common trait is the inspiration artist, Jessica Wilkinson of VanillaLemonCake.

I call ShadeTree an artistic collaboration because there is an inspiration artist or maybe a certain stitch or a visual element, and that is one piece of the collab. Then, I am part of the collab as the pattern designer. I choose the project yarn from my favorite Scheepjes selection, so I feel like the yarns are kind of collaborating, too. And a crucial collab member is the crafter who tests the blanket pattern. a talented member of the Tester Tribe makes the sample blanket and graciously photographs the piece.

The collaboration means a lot to me as I see the artist community as a never-ending source of inspiration, and when we collaborate and bring our talents together, we grow even more in our craft. ShadeTree is the fruit of these cultivated relationships. Meet us under the ShadeTree.

In this issue:

Where can I download my copy?

Ravelry! You have 2 options:

As a discounted ebook (Just $12.00) or,

as individual patterns (5 Full blankets: $4 each + 4 free motifs). Yes, you can download the patterns individually via Ravelry, but the ebook is a great value.

Digital Support

Enjoy the free content produced for this ebook as well! A few joining methods were captured as tutorials on YouTube, to help folks who would like to use them outside the pattern.

This page was created to help guide the crafter through certain resources that are provided to everyone free of charge, whether they use them for ShadeTree projects or not. Enjoy!

Patterns and Resources

4 Floral Motifs

  • Price: FREE! (Download here)
  • Description: This pattern includes a beautiful introduction to ShadeTree with the inspiration photos and many more, pulled from VanillaLemonCake IG hashtags. You will be amazed. This one is a total freebie, so be sure to check it out! Side Note: these squares are designed to integrate seamlessly with your VVCAL squares! 🙂
  • Yarn: Scheepjes Stone Washed*
  • Credits: Sample squares and photography by Gwen Kok of @StitchGwen
  • Full blog post with more details

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Colorburst

  • Price: $4 individually, but just $2.40 when full eBook is purchased! (Download individually here)
  • Special Technique: Published free via YouTube video – Continuous JAYG for triangle motifs
  • Description: Take a look at this beauty. The triangle motifs are fast and fun, and the layout depicts a firework-like imagery. Learn a new technique in the joining of the motifs!
  • Yarn: Scheepjes Cotton 8*
  • Credits: Sample blanket and photography by Tiffany Santos of @Tifersarie.
  • Full blog post with more details and behind the scenes pics

Birdsong

  • Price: $4 individually, but just $2.40 when full eBook is purchased! (Download individually here)
  • Special Technique: Intarsia – instructions are included within the pattern.
  • Description: Could be my favorite in the series, Birdsong is a delight, and the intarsia does all the heavy lifting. Simply follow the color changes in the detailed layout, and you will end up with this gorgeous piece. Make the granny square edging in multi-color for a new twist!
  • Yarn: Scheepjes Merino Soft*
  • Credits: Sample blanket and photography by Ariel Jensen of @CraftyTrekkieChick.

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Indigo Blossom

  • Price: $4 individually, but just $2.40 when full eBook is purchased! (Download individually here)
  • Special Technique: Free via YouTube – JAYG flat braid for hexagons
  • Description: Adorable flower hexagons, and beautiful, ornate lacy hexagons come together in this unique piece, inspired by photography of indigo dyed cloth napkins, with flowers delicately placed overtop. So charming!
  • Yarn: Scheepjes Softfun Denim* and Softfun Aquarel*
  • Credits: Sample blanket and photography by Makenzie Pearson of BQueen Collection.

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Spring Flatlay

  • Price: $4 individually, but just $2.40 when full eBook is purchased! (Download individually here)
  • Special Technique: Free – Flat Braid Join
  • Description: 5 Motifs inspired by Jessica’s nature flatlay photographs, with a hyper-color background. Check out the pattern to see the sugary sweet flatlays that inspired the bright color of this piece.
  • Yarn: Scheepjes Softfun Denim*
  • Credits: Sample blanket by Teresa Daily Davis

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Tiny Garden

  • Price: $4 individually, but just $2.40 when full eBook is purchased! (Download individually here)
  • Special Technique: Free via YouTube – Continuous JAYG for hexagons 
  • Description: 8 hexagon floral motif designs come together in this sweet and smart blanket. The motifs are each inspired by real flowers, and look so pretty in the tonal Spirit yarn. Use these 8 hexies for any project you like! A bag, a pillow, or a rectangular shawl would all look lovely.
  • Yarn: Scheepjes Spirit*
  • Credits: Sample blanket and photography by Amy Mason of @DogKnits.

*This post contains affiliate links marked with an asterisk. It costs you nothing extra to shop through these links, and by doing so, I will receive a small commission which I use to help keep CypressTextiles running. I recommend every affiliate product!

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