Do you find yourself subconsciously (even unconsciously) being drawn to certain colors and themes in your crafting? You may be really “feeling” the blues lately, or the fiery oranges and reds. For the last few weeks, my eyes and my mind have been drawn to two main shades of colors…
Using the Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker application with Flickr, I have created some “color story boards” that really inspire me to explore these shades of colors more. I know that I am particularly drawn to whites, ivories, silvers, grays, and soft neutrals right now because of the season. I love the winter, and I am still hoping that we see a big snowstorm before spring comes.
The muted color palettes… the soft texture of these colors… so much to go on. And I didn’t realize until I got home from the yarn shop the other day (after an amazing Super Bowl sale – 25-55% off of everything…), that my purchases directly corresponded with my color inspirations. I was subconsciously drawn to the stock shelves with the light gray mohair- and to the basket with the neutral silk. I am planning garments (aren’t I always?) a simple mohair pullover with the Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair, and a summer tunic with the RYC Natural Silk Aran.
On the other end of the color wheel, I am equally drawn to deep reds and orangey-pink tones. Maybe it is the desire for warmth and comfort amidst the cold temperatures?
My most recent cowl was a nod to my recent red fascination. Just like the grays before it, I was drawn to the red and orange tones at the recent yarn shop sale – I still can’t believe my luck in getting so many beautiful yarns for such wonderful prices…
I have so little orange in my stash, as I thought it was a color that never really complemented my skin tone, but I am starting to rethink that – or at least disregard it, because if I like it, I am going to wear it! For these beauties, I am planning a tank or a tee with the Berroco Pure Pima, and for the heathery red Jo Sharp DK Wool, a vest or a top-down raglan.
All of this color inspiration has me thinking about the next round of Project Spectrum. At first, I wasn’t sure where to start. After three years of PS, I wondered if there was still a place for it in the online community. I felt a little “tapped out” because I felt that the PS Elements idea was probably the pinnacle, and nothing else could really match it. Of course, it is not about outdoing the previous year… but I did want to make something special. With the help and ideas of some of the Ravelry PS group participants, I got really turned on to the idea of exploring the colors through the lens of the cardinal directions… so many cultures associate the directions (North-South-East-West) with colors, and I thought it would be an interesting cultural exploration on top of the general colors. I found a website that outlines many of the cultural traditions that associate colors and cardinal directions.
If we were to choose this idea, I would want to try one of the models that has four distinct colors for each of the cardinal directions, e.g. the Tibetan model: North = blue, East = Yellow, South = Red, West = Green. So, to broaden this idea, we could use the color next to it on the color wheel to have a color set, e.g. North = blue/black – East = yellow/orange, etc. If you look at this webpage (scroll towards the bottom), it also states that these directions AND the colors correspond to elements and materials like wood and metal. It might be fun to play with these materials too during the tenure of Project Spectrum.
Other ideas that were mentioned: Seasons/hemispheres – exploring the northern and southern hemispheres and seasonal changes through the colors.
~ OR ~
The tried-and-true color wheel approach of the original Project Spectrum back in 2006 = ROYGBIV.
I want to make a decision soon (end of the week?) and possibly start the next round of PS in March 2009. If you have an opinion or any feedback on these ideas or Project Spectrum in general, please feel free to share here in the comments or on the PS Ravelry forum.
Like so many things in life, it is what you make it. You want Project Spectrum to be special this year? help me make it so by telling me what you think!