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Check-in for the annual fiber arts sale is tomorrow. Tomorrow! I have woven four scarves in two days, and am hoping against hope that everything dries in time. Seeing as these items are mostly woven out of silk and wool, I don’t want to pop them in the dryer and just see what happens.

These last four scarves were inspired by a talk we went to last weekend by Leatrice Eiseman, who is one of the important Pantone people who watch color trends across the globe. She is a psychologist by training and has some interesting things to say about the psychology of why we like which colors.

One of the things Eiseman stressed for 2012 is the combination of vibrant, almost neon colors with traditional neutrals (tan, gray, black). And that those yellow-greens aren’t going away any time soon. If you take a run through your local Ross, TJ Maxx, or Marshalls, you’ll see the neon-green-and-black scarves are already out on the shelves. I’ve tried making a couple of scarves in this type of color palette. We’ll see if they sell to the local crowd.


Color trends

Now to fill out all the pages of paperwork necessary to submit items to the sale tomorrow…

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius


Time to start crafting for the Fall and Winter craft shows. Since we all want to make things that will appeal (and sell), a quick survey of color trends for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 follows.

Autumn/Winter 2011 Women
Gold Medalist, World ReMix

Autumn/Winter 2011 Men
Far-Off Lands, Eco-Optimist, and more

Pantone Fall 2011 Fashion Color Report

Spring/Summer 2012 Trends
New Edge, Urban Jungle

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“Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world.” – Murasaki Shikibu

I finished the NaNoWriMo novel and wove up a Bambu 7 scarf for a friend. Then the already-cut Araucania yarn beckoned. I found it in the sale bin at Tuesday Morning and wondered what it would look like woven. Sett at 8epi.

Araucania Knitting Yarn

Araucania Knitting Yarn

I used the bumpy yarn for the warp (3 skeins) and the smooth yarn for the weft (1.5 skeins). I know, that wouldn’t seem to make sense, but I wanted the bumpy yarn for the warp. I think it turned out fairly well, and will soon be winging its way to a relative for her birthday in December.

Araucania Knitting Yarn Shawl

Araucania Woven

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Borman

The Handweavers sale is coming up in November and I cannot weave everything in black (much as I love it). Might as well pay attention to what the fashion industry says is going to be popular. I did some quick research on color trends for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 and these are the results:

Fall 2010’s Top Color Trends

Fall Runway Color: Classic Camel

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2010

Top 10 Fashion Color Report Spring 2011

Spring 2011 – An Exotic Journey

Alta Roma fall-winter 2010/2011 fashion week

Fall Winter 2010/2011 Color and Yarn forecast

And proving once again that Europeans are hipper than the rest of this, this Copenhagen International Fashion Fair report is arranged by categories like “Exotic Junk: The Neo Dissidents”
Fashion Trends Spring/Summer 2011

You can view a video of the CIFF trend show on their main site.

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson