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!

Fail That

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

Nat v Art

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.

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.

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.


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.


This is the app i use.


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


Arizona CAL announcement!

Cant wait for your amazing tutorials. So exciting!

It's Crochet O'Clock

Hello everyone! Very excited to announce that I will be filming the video tutorials for Pippin Poppycock’s upcoming CAL called Arizona. THIS is what has been keeping me busy and not posting as much as normal recently!

This blanket is inspired by the Navajo Nation and is special to me because part of the Navajo Nation actually extends into the state I live in! The image above is only a teaser, you can find all the information about materials that will be needed, launch date and the Facebook Group where the pattern will be released each week as well as full pictures of the completed blanket at Pippin Poppycock’s website.

The texture of this blanket is absolutely amazing and I know you’ll all love the finished project! For any of you who are wondering, my materials list for the image above will be listed below:

Paintbox Simply DK…

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Arizona is here!

I am excited to finally be able to introduce Arizona CAL…

Starts Friday March 2nd

Introduction and Materials
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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.


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

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.


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 …


Heaven right… mmmm ill just stop here of a little while

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.

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.

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
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

Mood 3Mood 4Mood 2Mood1
Don’t settle until your happy 🙂

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.


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
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..

What do you think..

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
Etsy pegs link

United States Peg Seller
United Kingdom Pegs Sellers
Australia Peg Seller



Yarn Adventures – New to the New Year

Welcome 2018! I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, I know.. I know I want you… I want you 🙂

I wanted to start the new year off with new yarn adventures.. and my 1st adventure is (drum roll please)… Hand Dyed Yarn! Okay so this may seem like a old adventure to you but to me its a new one..

1. I have never brought yarn in a hank (shocking I know)
2. I have never used Merino Yarn (please forgive me yarn gods)
3. I have never used hand dyed yarn (I’ve lived a dull life)

So 3 new adventures for me… I was so excited to receive my little bundle of joy, it was like the yarn fairies had sprinkled magic upon my doorstep.


I unwrapped my precious with care. My first thought was “wow merino is sooooo soft” its like a soft, cuddly spring cloud. The colors were prefect and true to the description.

“If its the Beaches – Sand that lightens towards the middle to cream then a soft turquoise that darkens”

Then it dawned on me… its a hank.. were do I start.. wheres the beginning and end..

I dashed of to YouTube and searched – How to unwind a hank.. and watched the 1st video that came up.

I released the breath I didn’t realized I was holding and relaxed.. Doesn’t look that hard!

So here goes..

I did as instructed in the video ..

Layed out hank
I decide to cake my bundle of joy so I would have access to both ends… I dont have a swift so I had to make do..

On the winder Hank
Now skip past the part where I got myself in a terrible tangle ….

and ta dah I had my cake….

caked hank
Phew.. I was ready to start, but what.. This was a bit of a dilemma for me, I refused to cut the yarn to control the color change. (which is very hard for me).  I had 230 yard to play with, the most common project would be a scarf so I tried that and frogged.. Then I thought I would showcase the colors with a mandala.. then I forgged that too.. Then I put it away for another day… thats when the light bulb went off….

Whalla… my iPad Cozy

As you can see the gradient yarn color worked up beautifully. The full pattern for my iPad & iPad Mini Cozy can be found here. <iPad Cozy>

If your wondering about the yarn here are the details. Check her other colorways.. now swoon 🙂

Yarn MErino
Wendy’s Wonders 127 (South Carolina)
Etsy Shop:


Hope you enjoyed my yarn adventure.. what will be my February’s advanture… stay tuned

Love Pippin xoxoxo


iPad Cozy Pattern


Yarn: Any DK  – 230 Yards/210 Meters (less for an iPad Mini)
Hook: 4mm
Pattern written in US terms
Size: iPad & iPad Mini (but pattern is easily convertible for Laptops
Stitches use:
ch – Chain
dc – Double Crochet
hhdc – Herringbone Half Double
Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over and pull through stitch and 1st loop on hook.
Yarn over, pull through last 2 loops on hook.
rsc – Reverse Single Crochet (aka Crab Stitch )
Work a single crochet opposite direction (left to right)

Chain 64 iPad – 48 (iPad Mini), Join to 1st chain to create a loop

Round One
Ch3 counts as 1st dc, dc in each chain to end, join to 1st dc
= 64 dc (48 dc)

Round Two
Ch3 counts as 1st dc, dc in each stitch to end, join to 1st dc
= 64 dc (48 dc)

Cozy BlackRound 3 – 34 / (3 – 27 iPad mini)
Work in continuous rounds, placing a stitch maker to mark the beginning stitch
hhdc in each stitch around. until you have 34 (27) rounds.

Round 35 (28)
Make a rsc (crab st) in each stitch around.
fasten off, sew in ends

Cozy Button

Sew along bottom edge
Sew button to upper center. To make fastening loop, Attach yarn to center back panel and chain about 25 chains, loop around button to make sure your length is okay, then make a slip st to the stitch next to where you attached the beginning chain.



Cozy 4Pocket
Row One
Ch 13, sc in the 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain to end, turn
= 12 sc

Row 2 – 14
ch1, sc in each st to end, turn

Repeat row 2 until you have 14 rows. Fasten leaving a long tail for sewing. Place pocket on cozy and sew around the 3 edges.

Cozy Hearts

Make a magic loop, Ch3
Into the loop make the following
3 tr, ch1,
3dc, ch1
1 tr, ch1
3dc, ch1
3 tr, slip st to magic loop
Sew onto you cozy


Color Theory 103 – Color Harmony

So we touched upon the basic of how a color wheel is made in lesson 101 and how to make a a gradient and blend in lesson 102.. This week we will look at how to use the wheel to pick complimentary colors.

Here we have the basic 12 hues of the color wheel.

Lets start with the easiest. The color wheel has 2 sides Warm colors and Cold colors.

Warm colors mix
Warm Colors
Cool Colors mix
Cold Colors

colors in theory are those which are directly opposite each other on the wheel. Designers when using (2) complimentary colors tend to use one dominant color for the background and the other to highlight the most important elements.

Complimentary Colors
Here are a few possible combinations

Complimentary Colors Mixed

Complimentary Colors Mixed 2

Colors are those colors which lie on either side of any given color. These usually match well and create a serene and comfortable design

Amalogous Colors
Here are a few possible combinations

Amalogous Colors Mix.JPG

Amalogous Colors Mix 2

colors uses the power of three colors which are situated 120 degrees from each other. Triadic colors are considered to some of the best color combinations.


Here are few examples

Triadic Mix

Triadic Mix 2

Colors are colors that are evenly spaced apart on the wheel.


Here are a few examples

Square Mix

Squate Mix 2

Remember there are many more colors to a color wheel, We only used the basics here.  I used hues for the examples above, which we discovered in lesson 101 are the brightest colors in a wheel, we also have tones, tints and shades to factor in.


Here are a few mood boards that uses one of the theories above. Can you guess which ones? and that Pippinettes is your homework this week, to find an image that uses one of the color theories above. Post it in the club and enter this weeks giveaway..

Next weeks lesson we will take a look at Color Theory 104 – Exploring Colors, this lesson will be less technical and possibly break some of the color theory rules.. tools for selecting colors for your next project, how to catch colors in a image..

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