Sometimes when I’m at the dye-pot, I can’t hardly move fast enough because of all of the colorway ideas I’m bouncing around. But other times…I need a little bit of help. I’m sure many of you out there are just as obsessed with Pinterest as I am. (Be honest. No judgement.) While a lot of time is wasted around the world on this most addictive website, Pinterest is actually a pretty useful tool sometimes. When dyeing, I use Pinterest quite a bit to get ideas about what colors might go together well, colors I might not have thought of, and general inspiration for new colorways. Here is an example of what I mean:
1. This gentle mix of light blue, white, orchid, dark pink, and green would make a beautiful spring colorway.
2. From this photo, I’m picturing a rich, vibrant tonal of blues: pale, almost white all the way to deep navy, with just the slightest hint of aqua green.
3. A summer color — light & dark aqua/teal with bits of pale sky blue and white. Gorgeous.
4. A little less typical than paintings or photos, but anything can be color inspiration! In this I see a color of bright yellow & teal (obviously), with possibly some white and even a light brown.
5. This one is a little bit more unexpected, but would make for a wonderful, bright sunset colorway. I see pink, purple, yellow, orange, blue, green, and black. Perhaps a striping colorway?
Finding external inspiration is actually something I’ve struggled with as I’ve become a more prolific creator. Can I really say I’m creative if I got the idea for a colorway from a photo or piece of art? Obviously, the answer is unequivocally yes. Being creative doesn’t mean that everything you make has to come directly from your brain. Creative people constantly look for bits of inspiration around them to feed their creative process. Anything you make is a product of your creativity…regardless of what or who gave you the idea.
Yarn dyeing is such a unique process, yet definitely a creative one. Sometimes the colorway inspiration comes first, and sometimes I just let my creativity go wild and figure out what the color resembles later. Both ways are correct. All that matters is that I’m making.
Where do you get your creative inspiration?
Author’s Note: All photos from Pinterest.com. I was not compensated for this post — Pinterest is simply a tool used to assist my creative process.
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