Hello Spring.. Well almost

I’m ready.. bring it on! While everyone is hunkering down with their Arizona throws my mind is drifting to Spring. I’m itching to start my next collection. Ive unleashed my imaginative beast and the door is wide open for new ideas.

I long to walk barefoot in the grass, to dance in the April showers  and to smell the buds blooming in May’s flowers, to open the windows and let the fresh air in. The birth of a new season!

Just a few more weeks I keep telling myself.

Hello Spring

Hello Spring

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Sunshine after the Rain Color Pack

Arizona “Sunshine after the rain” color pack is now available to purchase from woolwarehouse.co.uk

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The Sunshine after the Rain pack includes 15 balls of Stylecraft Special DK in the following shades:

2 x White (1001)

2 x Lemon (1020)

2 x Citron (1263)

2 x Saffron (1081)

2 x Sunshine (1114)

2 x Silver (1203)

3 x Grey (1099)

 

They won’t last long 🙂

Arizona – Introduction

Love Pippin xoxox

Thundercloud Packs have arrived!

I am very pleased to announce that Arizona Thundercloud packs have arrived on the shelves at Wool Warehouse and they are selling out fast!

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The Thundercloud pack includes 15 balls of Stylecraft Special DK in the following shades:

2 x White (1001)

2 x Silver (1203)

2 x Grey (1099)

2 x Graphite (1063)

2 x Black (1002)

2 x Charcoal (1128)

3 x Lipstick (1246)

The finished full size blanket is approx.:

64″ x 54″ ( 5ft x 4ft appox) using a 4.5mm crochet hook.

So exciting 🙂

Love Pippin xoxoxox

Color Theory 105 – Presentation is Key

So you spent hours picking colors, weeks even months hooking and sometimes frogging .. you’ve finally finished. You want to shout it to the world! I’m done.. here’s my new baby!

It deserves the spot light.. it’s going to make friends drool with envy. You snap a pic and post!

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We wrap up the Color Theory series with a lesson on presenting your work to make it shine.

You don’t need a fancy dancy camera or a state of the art, art studio.. believe me! Over the past year I have purchased 2 high tech cameras and both were returned within a month.. now don’t get me wrong, photography is an art but I am a crocheter not a photographer. Unless you plan to take up photography as a profession or a hobby, your regular camera will do. So here are a few tips and trick that won’t break the bank and the result will make your work shine.

Lights, Camera, Action

The first and most important aspect of shooting a great photo is the lighting. It can make or break a photo! I know it’s almost midnight you have hooked furiously to finish and now you want to show your proud achievement to the world .. Stop! Don’t do it! Wait!

Make the most of your natural light. Open up your blinds and let the light shine in. Find a spot in the house that allows the most light in. Believe me I have snapped photos in every room of my house trying to to find the best spot. See the difference! or better yet take it outside when possible

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But as winter comes and the days get shorter and gray sometimes natural light isn’t possible. So what now.. then you can adjust the brightness on your camera setting. Doesn’t matter if your using a point and snap camera, camera phone or even your tablet they all come for the basic brightness setting..

Here I have the exact same image all I did was adjust the brightness settings.

Backdrops and Displays
The best back drop for any photo is a plain neutral one. A sheet, for a cleared spot on the floor will do.

For those big projects clear a space on the floor, stand on a chair or stool so you get some height and you should be able to get the whole project in the frame, but the stitches can get lost in an aerial view, so always add a close up shot so we can see those beautiful details.

If your project is too big for an aerial view, here’s another way to show case it. My Lilliana was so big, I ended up draping it over a box and taking a picture from the side and did an aerial shot of a small section.

For smaller pieces I use a plain white $1 poster board. If you wanted to add a little color to your background I have recently discovered these scrap-booking sheets for under a dollar at my local craft store, there are hundreds to choose from.

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These were take on my white poster board for a background. The white background keeps the focus on the project.

Displaying your work is a good way to show it off in all its glory.
For Scarfs, Shawls and wearable’s, if have a mannequin, no worries.. a hanger will do. Result: I get to see the shawl as it is  intended to be worn and how it drapes

Crop it
Cropping is one of the easiest solutions to those unwanted objects in your photo. You don’t want to see my smelly running shoes or the fact that I haven’t cleaned up today 🙂
I used the same photo and just cropped out the edges .
The result:  my eyes are drawn to my work and not the mess in the back ground. Plus it brings the squares to the front and center for attention.

Props
You only have to scroll Instagram to see props in full effect. Beautiful pieces of crochet enhanced by a prop or two. You don’t have to go out shopping for props look around your home, from a book to a plate of cookies or a kiddy toy to a few buttons can add charm to any photo. Even a few stitch markers.

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A simple free Photo editor app is all that is needed. They come with so many free features, you can let your inner Warhol out.

Photo EditorWatermark your masterpiece.
The internet is rife with copyright infringements, pictures are stolen and used for click bait sites. At pippin we encourage you to add your water mark to your photos. A lot of groups dont allow this as its breaking the “Self Promotion” rule, at Pippin we do not allow links to self promote, but we do encourage watermarking. Don’t let others take credit for your work. A simple way to watermark your work is to add text to your photo using an app.

Watermark

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This is the app i use. https://itunes.apple.com/app/id546821797

 

All of the above photos were taken with my iPad tablet.. 🙂 Now to this weeks homework assignment. I want you to get creative and snap one finished project in 2 different ways. Use props, lighting and displays. Post both photos to the pinned post over in the club for  chance to win this weeks giveaway.

I hope you have come away from my series on Color Theory with a little better insight in to how colors work.  We will have a new series starting February so keep your eyes out for that.

Love Pippin xoxoxox

Color Theory 104 – Exploring Colors

This weeks lesson I’m going to start of with tips, tools & shopping for colors before we get into the nitty gritting of exploring colors and creating moods.

Tools

Pegs11. Pegs .. Pegs .. Pegs are my number one top tip. If you have a favorite yarn that you keep going back to then start a color peg collection.. They are easy to make and can save you a whole lot of time guessing, especially if you rely on ordering online (like me) you may have guessed my favorite yarn to work with is Double Knit (DK, #3) but unfortunately the US doesn’t carry a great selection, it tends to be baby yarn and in limited pastel colors. Also colors vary on screens so you dont get the “true” color. Not only that you can mix and match pegs, giving you a better idea on how they look next to one another. If you dont fancy making them then there are etsy sellers that sells them in sets.

For example here i have the same brand yarn in teal taken from 3 different websites. Notice the difference
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Shade Card
2. Another great tool is Brand shade cards. Most yarn manufacturers will have shade cards to purchase. These too are a great alternative to pegs.

 

 

 

paint-color-cards3. Paint cards are a another ulturnative to the above, these are free at your local paint store. They may not be  yarn but they will give you an idea on how colors look together. Select your colors using paint card then take them along with you to the yarn store and match to the nearest colored yarn.

Shopping

We are all yarn addicts and nothing gets us excited like shopping for yarn. But when going to brick and mortar store it can be a little overwhelming with the huge selection they have on offer …

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Heaven right… mmmm ill just stop here of a little while
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And back to reality.. and the reality is how can one possibly choose… here are a few of my pointers to help.

note book1. Always go with a list. Have your planned patterns jotted down, how many colors, and how many yards/meters needed.

2. Fill your cart/basket (no you are not going to buy them all) but stash all your possible selections in (then move on to #3)

3. Most yarn stores will have a table located somewhere or a classroom. Don’t be shy, ask to use it. Shop assistants would prefer you to ask than having you lay your choices out on the dirty floor (I’ve seen this done).  That way you can place your choices out next to one another. Play with your colors, take your time (just dont take the hubby and kids with you), and most important dont buy until your happy. This will save you having to return any unwanted items.

Moods
Now we have the tools and shopping squared away… let talk moods & color selecting.

I often get asked..very often.. What app i use to create my mood boards.. I dont.
I dont use any app, there are many app out there that will take your image and convert it into colors and this is a great tool to,  as with the paint cards you can upload your image let the app do its thing and you can take the results along with you to the store. But and there is a but perhaps the app suggest a color you dont want!

Here is a method I use, this will help you train your artist eye 🙂

So i have my pattern and I want to create a colorway to match this picture, My Aunt loves gardens and the project is for her.

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1. Focal Colors: Close your eyes.. and take a deep breath.. (the breath is not apart of the process but we all need to stop and breath sometimes). Open and whats the 1st thing your eye is drawn too…. Me it was the roses. The deep pinks caught my eye first  so this will be my focus point, now look and see what other colors you see in the roses… a pale pink, and a pastel pink. If you doing a pattern that has a motif or a focal center, then these would be the colors to use.

2. Accent colors: What other colors pop at you. The lavender! I see two shades of purple. These would be my accent colors to work in small amounts alongside my focal colors.

3. Background colors: look at the picture again, what colors are hiding behind your focal and accent colors… Whites and Greens. These I will use as my background colors, and would be used for squaring off motifs and borders.

So we have:
Deep Pink
Pale Pink
Pastel Pink
Light Purple
Dark Purple
White
Dark Green
Light Green

Now this is where you’re pegs, shade card or paint cards comes into play.

So we play… and play…. and play

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Don’t settle until your happy 🙂

Moods
Now you didn’t think I was going to show you how I made my digital mood boards did you 🙂 That’s is a entirely different post.. which involves some computer skills.. perhaps one day.. But a neat trick is to save your image and snap a pic of you pegs , upload them to a simple collage marker app… Ill talk a little more about photo apps in next weeks lesson.

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Here is a another

Try it
What do you see? How many colors do you count?
Moving around the picture clockwise note how many dominant colors you see.
I see 7
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Now name name those colors..
1. Light blue/green
2. Pop of yellow
3. A light orange almost apricot color.
4. Darker Orange
5. A deep but bright pink and a softer pink (so 2 colors in this flower)
6. A pale pink

No here I haven’t used my my pegs, I went straight to my online retailer and started picking and adding them to the cart. Trying my best to match the colors..

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What do you think..

Final
Now your home work assignment this week is ..  You can either create your own mood board or describe 5 colors (pretend you are describing them to a person who is color blind)  example: White: like eating a fluffy marshmallow. Post your homework to the pinned post over in the the Pippin Crochet Club.. can you guess what this weeks giveaway is.

Love Pippin xoxoxo
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