fd’s flickr toys palette generator
fd’s flickr toys offer lots of possibilities for manipulating, exploring and combining your photos. If you’re looking to use a photo in craftwork, or just have a photo with colours you like – but you’d like to work out more precisely what they are – then the palette generator tool might be just what you need. You can upload from your own computer, so you don’t need to be a Flickr member to play.
Put in a photo and get back the colours and codes for it, as per the above example.
Renaissance Revival by Mariya Waters: Best in Show
At The Quilters Guild of NSW Inc annual Quilt Show held at the end of June 2007, Mariya Waters’ quilt, Renaissance Revival, won Best in Show. Read the quiltmaker’s statement and see detailed photos of front and back here. A gallery of the winning quilts can be found here and the Guild’s blog, Template Free, is here.
A view of part of the show, which is held in conjuction with the Craft and Quilt Fair. In addition to the exhibition of members’ quilts, there was an exhibition of Guild challenge quilts from Going to Pieces and the 2008 calendar challenge, a demonstration area with community quilts and Kidskills, an Art to Wear exhibition, Best in Show quilts from other Australian states and territories, Texstyle (major works by final-year secondary students) and Peac-ed with Love (quilts by Vietnam veterans’ partners and friends).
Quilt photograph courtesy of The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc.
Choosing colour combinations for craft, such as quilting, can be a challenge. You can find yourself slipping into palettes that are influenced by factors such as what colours suit you to wear, which can confine your choices unnecessarily (eg. mustard: hard to wear, wonderful in quilts).
Bog standard paint chip displays with graduated colours can be a source of chips to mix and consider, but also look for examples where the paint company has done the work, such as the display below which I saw in a hardware store recently. Rather nice colour combinations, I thought.
Paint chip palettes
Here’s an online tool that generates paint palettes and which you could also play with for crafting purposes. There are also a bunch of palettes to inspire you here.
As another Mother’s Day nears, I started wondering how many women soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq? How many mothers, wives, lovers? How many women who would have been mothers, wives, lovers, friends?…my initial goal [was to] find 79 people, each willing to stitch the name of one female Coalition casualty from the Iraq War.
She plans to sew the muslin pieces into a tote bag.
Why a tote? Because I want something utilitarian. Something that will go out into the world every day as a reminder of this horrible loss, made more horrible as people recognize that these names represent only a very small portion of the human toll this war has taken. And, for every volunteer who contributes a stitched name, I will send the tote to you. Put it to use. Take it to the market, keep it in your mini-van as you drive your kids to school. Stuff it with your knitting. A week. Two. Whatever seems right to you.
All I ask in return is that you keep sending the tote on, and that you record your feelings and experiences with the project on your blog (if you have one) or in a letter.
Read more about how it started here, while the blog’s most recent entries are here.
Image from this story
Just over a year ago in April 2006 at Beaconsfield in northern Tasmania, a mine accident killed one man and trapped two more. They were underground for days – the first joy of finding, five days later, that two had survived became a long wait while their colleagues found a way to get them out safely. They were trapped over half a mile or almost a kilometre underground – 925 metres. It was two weeks (or 321 hours) after the mine collapse that they walked free and put their name tags onto “safe”. That afternoon was the funeral of their colleague who had not survived the initial rockfall.
Later in the year, a ‘close-knit community knitting’ project began, to knit a scarf 925m long. You can read the ‘seed’ story, from the ABC (Australia’s public broadcaster) here. People were invited to contribute small sections, to be joined together, their work symbolising the careful work of the many people involved in the rescue.
As the picture above shows you, many people started knitting. There were knitting days in the town, and contributions from farther afield (Tasmania, other Australian states, overseas) – read more here.
On the first anniversary of the accident, the “Close-Knit Community Scarf” was unveiled by local schoolchildren as part of the ceremony.
It is astonishing how many ways the work of our hands can serve to unite, to remember, to draw us together as human beings and people and communities. This is just one. The many AIDS quilt projects around the world are another, and the list of the multifarious possibilities, often beginning as the “what-if?” thought of one or a few people, is long and wonderful and humbling and grand. The value can be as much, or more, in the process as in the product, and about patience and commitment, not just skill.