New colour palettes for spring!
Emma’s been dreaming in colour for spring! Read on and be inspired!
As a crochet designer for all sorts of yarn companies and magazines, from February and March I start to get requests for makes and things that evoke the springtime. Colour is the easiest and most instant way of creating a spring feel, and the automatic response is to reach for the pastel shades; blues, purples and yellows which bring to mind hyacinths, daffodils, and crocuses. But I realised that these are the colours you get used to seeing in advertising and packaging around this time of year, and I very nearly fell into the trap of thinking that these are the colours you HAVE to use.
So this year I’ve decided to find a slightly different colour palette, something that still evokes the beautiful, new blooms of spring, but isn’t necessarily what you would expect. For me, the real sign that the season has turned, is when the magnolias start to bloom and the almond blossoms in my garden are open and are in their full, pale, white and pink glory. There are some incredibly beautiful, and subtle shades of buttery yellow in the primroses, or soft whites and the palest of peaches in the camellias. All of these are accompanied by a huge variety of bright, to the darkest of greens. This year, these will be my colours.
Finding yarns in these subtle shades isn’t always the easiest, but I’ve found that the range from Paintbox Yarns, has just about the right variety to bring this collection to life. I’m really not very good with pastels, I tend to lean toward the neon end of the spectrum, but there’s something very soothing about working with such soft and elegant colours. You really begin to appreciate just how incredible plants and flowers are, when you realise how they can create such a vast combination of such subtle colours. Having those yarns around you as you work really makes you feel like you’re almost a part of spring.
I can’t share any pics of the makes I create for different companies, but I can share pics of how I collect and keep those colours. I make little tags (usually from cereal boxes), write the names of the flowers or plants on the top, and then wrap strips of the colours of yarn that I see in them around it. I only started this last year, but it’s already accidentally become a brilliant reference library of seasonal colour. I’m already excited about being able to add to it, looking with new, subtler eyes.
(I also feel that I should add here, that I didn’t just look to flowers for inspiration, I also looked to chocolate. Mini Eggs to be precise. But I didn’t manage to get many photos because the smell was literally so delicious that I accidentally ate most of them before I could get any good pictures!)
What inspires you with colour? We’d love to know! Tell us in the Comments section below!