Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sunrise Cowl and a Chain of Inspiration

It's interesting how we become inspired and how what we do can inspire others. It can create a chain reaction.

Take for example, the colors of a sunrise like this one:

Popo Sunrise by rainy city

A sunrise in a similar colorway was experienced by a traveling master dyer extraordinaire. From his vantage point one morning at the "hill station" of Darjeeling, he saw the sunrise over Mt. Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. It inspired him to create this colorway.

This sweet pencil roving by Crown Mountain Farms was purchased at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this year, from the nomadic traveller himself, who told me the story of its inspiration. The image of exotic travel at a high altitude stayed in my mind the whole time while spinning this fiber.

At first, I thought to pair the super bulky two-ply yarn thus created with some lace-weight yarn from the ever-growing, ever-changing stash that lives in my studio. The idea was to make a scribble lace scarf.

Then the inspiration came to just let the colorful luscious fiber stand on it's own in this cowl:

The cowl is a sample that was done as a prototype for more cowls to come. It can't be sold because it has touched my soul and I cannot part with it.

The love affair with the colors in the fiber did not stop there. A challenge had gone out among Etsy sellers to create a treasury to include this lovely necklace:

Sunstone Necklace by AcornAlleyDesigns

So this is what resulted next:

To check out any of the goodies in the collection, click here.

What inspired you most recently?  If you are willing, share your inspiration in the comments.


Acorn Alley said...

Your treasury really is beautiful - I love the color combination and the Indian feel. Thank you so much for including my necklace and for blogging about it!

Glennis said...

Wow, what a beautiful photo and beautiful fiber!! So connected!!

Thanks for posting a comment on my blog about dream places.