Something so unique that there is not anything exactly like it in the world… not even one. Creating with your own hands – using your precious time to make something beautiful, something thought-provoking, or something simply spontaneous…
Creating memories. Creating stitches. Creating something that only existed on paper and the designer's mind before it came into your capable hands. Creating something completely new and beautiful from an item that someone else discarded and considered useless.
What can be more rewarding than that?
These thoughts have been central in my mind in recent weeks – I have been completely inspired by the beautiful handmade items and the creativity I see all around me, on the internet and in my daily life.
In response to this creative explosion in my head, I started to think of the creative possibilities that we have on this medium of the internet – we can share and inspire each other with the click of a button… with a simple photograph or a well-placed encouragement, or even with a color of yarn, or a swatch of fabric. Think of the possibilities!
Colors inspire me. Colors elicit deep emotions and memories. Colors symbolize life events and the changing of the seasons. We surround ourselves with color – in our homes, in our gardens, and even on our dinner plate.
The idea of Project Spectrum is simply a celebration of the colors around us, and taking the time to notice them. Each month over a six month span will be devoted to a color group – participants can knit, dye, crochet, weave, spin, stitch, paint, scrapbook, sew, quilt, cook, grow, photograph, bake, or bead items in that color group (of course all arts and crafts not mentioned here also count!).
It is really about expressing yourself creatively – making something beautiful, and creating something unique with your hands. It is also about thinking outside of the box – perhaps taking up a new hobby, or a long neglected one, or finally dabbling in design.
I had planned to begin this project in February (red for February would have been perfect…), but in order to properly respect the legions of Knitting Olympians, I have decided to begin Project Spectrum in the month of March. This will give participants plenty of time to gather supplies, plan projects, get some inspiration, and rummage around at the flea market for that perfect find in need of refashioning and refurbishing!
Here's the plan:
March – Red and Pink
April – Orange and Yellow
May – Green
June – Blue
July – Violet / Purple
August – Neutrals / Black & White
…and perhaps the most important part: this is a no-pressure project. The months are each assigned a color group, but you do not have to work on a project in that color group every month. If you have a project already going, please do not feel that you have to set it aside only to participate. You can work on more than one project (of different colors) at a time – that is what I will be doing!
The color of the month is merely a suggestion – you can choose to make one thing out of that color the whole month – or twenty things – or nothing at all. Don't have any desire to make anything yellow? You don't have to! Go ahead and plan for the green month. Or you can simply make a photo essay – you carry around your camera with you and post pictures of the color objects you see throughout your daily travels.
If you are interested in participating, I encourage you to think ahead and plan your projects – I am doing the same! Some plans of my own: stashbusting my yarns, painting my bathroom, taking up crochet and sewing, more paper arts, and refashioning and recycling thrift store finds.
Projects can be big or small – whether you plan to tile your kitchen or photograph a blooming tree in your backyard – it is not a race, it is just about sharing your creative work to inspire others.
I will begin signups for the project now – a full five weeks early – so please fill out the signup form if you are interested. Of course, one can sign up any time between now and August to be a part of this Project.
You do not have to have a blog to participate. You simply have to have a passion for creating and expressing yourself through your work, and encouraging others to do the same. This is a create-along! It can easily work with your other crafty obligations – whether they are knit-alongs or crochet-alongs, planned gifts, etc.
Project Spectrum is about expression and creating beauty with all of the colors of the rainbow – and there are millions of ways to do that! Let's discover them together!
Unfortunately, I am not able to email every new participant with a confirmation email – if your name shows up on the list, you are in the group.