Thursday, October 1, 2009

I need a yarn stylist

I went and finally dyed some yummy lace weight yarn the other day. I present you:

Periwinkle Sheep
suri/merino lace
approx. 600 yds.
60% domestic suri alpaca
40% domestic merino
top to bottom:
Memories of Summer
natural undyed
Antique Pink

I do quite like how this turned out...I left the natural undyed in the picture so you can compare colors. The Antique Pink is a very pale blush...

...and here my troubles begin. Those of you who've read my blogs already know that I often let you in on my various processes and struggles. I've just spent quite some time trying to style these skeins into positions that will convey their softness of color and feel. There is renewed pressure for me because when you post and sell on etsy, the photographs make or break the deal, because potential customers can't pick up a skein and hold it up and see it in the light and feel for the "hand" of a yarn.

Antique Pink

My camera is a Canon Powershot A630, and I keep thinking I've maxed it out.

Memories of Summer

There is for me a struggle to show the yarn just like it is. I believe the yarn needs to be able to stand on its own, represent itself the way it is. Just like when I read a poem or a novel, I judge the writing mostly by what I find on the pages. It really shouldn't matter much whether the poem was written on a train to New York City while the writer was having coffee and looking out on the landscape if the poem says nothing about that at all.

However I love looking at yarn that looks like a giant cone of soft serve ice we have my failed attempt:

natural undyed

A slightly better swirl:

As with all processes, I hope to find my way towards representing my yarn the way I imagine it. Meanwhile, thanks for hangning in there with me!

These will be posted in my etsy shop later today, and added to the ravelry database.


  1. I personally like the last picture the best. There is something about the 3 swirly mounds that appeals to me. But I also like the look of the close ups on the separate colors (so picture 2 and 6) and of course the full view is not bad, so I am glad that I could help you with that one :)

  2. The lighting in all the pictures is very cool. The pink looks to me like it might benefit from more, warmer light. I'm just blabbering here, but it's an idea....?

    I have a Canon with a flip-up flash, and a trick that I use is to hold a business card or other small piece of white paper at an angle in front of the flash to bounce it. You have to play with the angle to get it right, but it can make a HUGE difference. It's something to try, anyway. :)

  3. Thanks for all the tips!!! Please keep them coming, I will take them all under consideration.

    I should add that the colors actually came out very true to the actual ones.

    Yes the lighting needs to definitely be adjusted.

  4. Have you looked into photography classes at the local community colleges or tech schools? There are some very good, inexpensive non-credit courses given, some of them even just 3 or 4 weeks duration.

    Do you have a light tent? You can get different color (warm vs. cold) by using different bulbs and it will be diffuse yet even.

  5. I agree with the first Pat - I like the last photo the best, as it seems to give the best representation of the colored skeins, and the swirls are artful!


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