Exploring Rainbow Variations

Once upon a time (ahem, two years ago), I picked up a hank of 5mm 3-ply cord that was on sale at Modern Macrame. I was just trying to reach free shipping and this particular shade called “Blush” was just the right price.

I got it, then quickly realized- I had no idea what to do with it.

After much time passed, it reached the point where every time I saw it in my cord bin I got a little annoyed… or anxious… not really sure what the feeling was. I just wanted to use it because it felt like it was taking up valuable space.

Last year I started thinking about making larger versions of my mini rainbows. I thought maybe I could make some sort of alternative rainbow with this chunky 5mm cord.

The original mini rainbows 🙂

The problem is that this particular shade of “blush” didn’t really jive with the rest of my colored fiber. And so it continued to lay there in my cord bin.

A couple friends recently commissioned me to make a wall hanging for their sister’s baby shower, and my idea of the blush rainbow came back to me. They loved the idea of the rainbow, but not the color.

I decided to just go ahead and try it, a kind of practice run to test the pattern. I looked through all my fiber and just started grabbing colors… and thankfully I’d recently acquired new shades to work with.

It was really exciting to compile all the different fibers. I chose a floral blue patterned tshirt yarn from Ganxxet, two purple shades of 3mm single strand from Niroma Studio, 1mm gold string from Rock Mountain Co (my favorite accent fiber!), some yellow wool yarn that was in my knitting stash for probably 10 years, and natural 3ply cord that I use for plant hangers.

This was the first time I’ve been able to incorporate such a variety of fibers into one piece. It was so fun to create and I love how it turned out!

I’ve had some difficulty capturing the exact color of this piece. It actually looks different all day long depending on the lighting. It’s somewhat like a faded coral, somewhere between pink and orange. It’s really an interesting color that I didn’t truly appreciate until I made this piece.

I’m looking forward to trying out some new rainbow designs in this style. This one is available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/gracienoon

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