Sunday, July 1, 2012

Having fun with colors~

How’ve you been everyone? You all having a lovely summer? Here in Korea, the weather has been unusually hot and dry. We are supposed to have a rainy season by now, but it’s been extremely dry. As a matter of fact I heard we have less than 30% of rain in this June than last year’s. I hope rain comes soon and gives us some relief. I am so~ ready to dance in a raincoat and rain boots under water drops. J

While the weather got funky outside my sewing machine ran extra busy. What ‘s the best way of enjoying unfriendly weather? To me (without question) playing with my little two hands: sewing, knitting, cooking, and getting dirty with any materials found in my little atelier. I never get bored whenever I have something in my hands. My desire for creating never ends and is still growing (and hopefully keep flourishing.)

So, what’s new in my atelier? I’ve been busy with hand-dyeing some new luscious colors. Aww… how much I love rich and juicy colors!!! Some of you who dye yarns and fabrics must know the joy of hand-dyeing. Unexplainable and subtle tones and shades of charming colors are truly eye-catching. The tastes of hand-created colors are way more flavorful than the colors you can simply buy from any stores. If you didn’t try it yet I strongly recommend you going for it. You will be amazed by what you’ll achieve. It is a fun and addictive process (So be careful if your will power isn’t strong enough. You will end up with dyeing all your clothing, yarns, and fabrics over night many nights and still looking for something to dye just like somebody.) and the result is simply rewarding! You just need some inspiration and spare time. I inspire you tiny bit here and hopefully you find right time and boldness to try something new. Don’t worry about getting messy or making mistakes. You’re creating your own colors and you name them as you wish. You will be boss of your color-creating project!

If you’re wondering, here are some of my projects created with my own hand-dyed fabrics. Can you sense the richness and depth of colors the extra work created? Beautiful colors definitely compliment finished products. This time I decided to create something different rather than knitting needle cases. Those are little zipper pouches that can be used everyday: They will house cosmetics, toiletry, knitting notions, small accessories, and even money. You just name it!  

 And… this is my favorite: vivid dark orange! (I named this fearless orange.) I’ve never been a red-y person, but after I created this color I realized how much I appreciate red family. I just feel like I could eat the color literally and taste the opulent and bursting freshness!! This piece is created as an extra large project bag (I mean really spacious!) as well as yarn keeper. It can house many balls of yarns and small projects you’re knitting on. Over-sized 8 to 10 pockets in the bag can nicely hold your craft materials such as scissors, measure tapes, stitch markers, row counters and more. Such a fun and practical organizational solution! To me (who own lots of notions and forget where they are often) it is just perfect~.

This summer I am planning to try various colors and shades. I am also looking for natural dyes for my new product lines: such as wine, coffee, black tea and etc. Any of you have played with colors? I am curious how your projects turned out. Any dye-addicts out there? Any tips or thoughts? I hope you help us with some cool ideas to start with. 

Now time to get back to my atelier to play with something artsy. I wish you have a wonderful and refreshing summer wherever you are! Please say hi if you happen to visit my blog or atelier! I will be so~ excited to hear from you! 




Gillian said...

oh they are all so beautiul Soyun, I love your little cosmetic purses they are just darling!
Your work is so gorgeous, well done :)

ElisabethAndrée said...

Very nice post and -off course- beautiful little bags:)
I really like the style of your work!

Ellen said...

Soyun all this talk of juicy stuff makes me want to eat fruit! Love the colours :)

Jonathan said...

I always look forward to and enjoy your lovely posts - such an enjoyable read and I just read this twice so as to absorb all the wonderful and fun expressions! "fearless orange" is awesome! Great name too! Keep up the good work my dear!!
-PJ :-D

Windybrook Spinner said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I didn't realize your fabrics were hand-dyed. It has been very dry here too with lots of fires burning in the mountains. Pretty sad, but I guess fairly normal. The Native Americans called our valley "the Smokey Valley" before anyone moved in.

Edelweiss Knits & Crochets Too! said...

Love your bags :) Once again you have created some beautiful works of art! My favorite color combo of your zippered bags, though I love them all, is the pink and green. And then the orange one is incredible, I love the organizational aspect of it, plus it is just beautiful! :)

Charlotte Helle said...

Wow, all of those are so lovely! I particularly love the brown bag with the white flowers. I've always been interested in dying yarn, but I haven't yet. I don't work with many natural fibers except cotton (I do a lot of baby things that need to be machine-washable). I've read that cotton won't hold dyes as well. But it's on my list for someday to do dying!
I came here from Ravelry. Feel free to check out my blog as well!

jessicaandchucky said...

So happy that I came do see your blog!!! Your fabric is so beautiful!!! I love your style!! :)

Evelyn said...

I couldn't agree with you more ... icky outdoor weather is the perfect excuse for arty/crafty fun indoors! Love your new hand-dyed textiles.

Karla said...

I did not know that you hand dyed your fabrics, the colors are so beautiful, and your work is amazing!

Karla said...

I did not know that you hand dyed your fabrics, the colors are very rich and beautiful.
Your work is amazing!

Magic Mammoth said...

Absolutely gorgeous bags. Added to my wish list with a hint to my partner :)

Debrielle Welch said...

Hi Soyun,

I'm so glad that you sent me a message on Ravelry.

Your work is amazing and all the colors are beautiful.

As soon as I can I will order one of your "fearless orange" bags and a pretty crochet hook holder.

So nice to meet you,

Ivory on Ravelry

Elaine said...

I LOVE all of you bags! There so cute yet elegant. Have been going through them and showing my BF ohh-ing and ahh-ing.

Its my birthday soon, I guess I will just have to be a little less subtle with my hints! lol

E x

...Fabricole said...

Very nice post!

scarletti said...

Just popping over from ravelry to say 'hi' and love the colours and textures you have going on here!

EmmaKnitted// said...

Hand dying sounds fun, i love colour!
Looking forward to the next post...

Emma xx

Brave New Fiona said...

Hi Soyun! Thanks for finding me on ravelry and directing me to your blog. Your sewing is beautiful! And your knitting and crocheting is equally as delightful. I love your projects on ravelry and look forward to seeing more. You can find me on blogger too ::

Now I have to work on my sewing to catch up to you :-) xxx Fi