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Yarnography: Photographing Textiles

This workshop is focused very simply on helping you take better photographs of your textiles. If you have ever needed to take a photo of your yarn, your spinning fibre, your skein of handspun, or a sweater that you knit. By the end of this workshop, I want you to be taking photographs of your yarn and textiles that are more accurate colour-wise, more effective composition-wise, and that will serve your purposes — as archival reference or as personal or profession promotion.

This workshop is focused very simply on helping you take better photographs of your textiles. If you have ever needed to take a photo of your yarn, your spinning fibre, your skein of handspun, or a sweater that you knit… I’m hoping that the tips we’ll cover in these lessons will help you improve your skills with photography, and specifically with the challenges of taking photos of yarn and things made from yarn.

In these lessons, I just want to talk about the improving your own photos by helping you:

  • clarify your objectives around taking photos,
  • gaining a bit of technical photography knowledge, and
  • gaining a bit of design knowledge.

By the end of this workshop, I want you to be taking photographs of your yarn and textiles that are more accurate colour-wise, more effective composition-wise, and that will serve your purposes — as archival reference or as personal or profession promotion.

Photography is archival as well as artistic. It allows you to capture what you see as well as how you feel. And I’m excited to share this love with you guys and hope that it might help you improve your photography as well.


For any questions and to share your dyeing adventures, come visit us in the SOS Community Forums!  Plus, tag us on Instagram with #sosyarnography and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!

 

This morning, I’m shooting the still photography for an upcoming course with @welfordpurls about spinning breed-specific wool and ohhhh my gosh I feel so lucky that I get to actually see Rachel’s handspun yarn in real life. It’s UNREAL how soft and beautifully spun her yarn is. I’ve learned so much, just watching her spin and I can’t wait to share this new course with you. #spinnersofinstagram #useyourhandspun #schoolofsweetgeorgia #yarnography #sosspinning #sosyarnography

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Looking back at the bobbins I spun this past month and I love the contrast between the bright colours and smooth texture of the spun yarn with the basket texture in the background. What are you working on this week?
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#bobbinshot #spinnersofinstagram #schoolofsweetgeorgia #yarnography #sosspinning #sosyarnography

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Make do with what you have. My son loves to make me iPhone stands out of LEGO and Duplo and hey, they totally work! I used one of his creations to shoot some lighting examples for the "Lighting is Everything" module of the Yarnography course. Photography is a life-long love of mine that has followed me ever since I started @sweetgeorgia in 2004. If you're interested in how I shoot everything from yarn to garments for SweetGeorgia, please check out the new Yarnography videos at the School (link in bio!) It doesn't matter if you have a big fancy camera or a mobile phone, we work with both in the course. What do you use to shoot your photographs?
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#yarnography #schoolofsweetgeorgia #bobbinshot #spinnersofinstagram #iphoneography #sosyarnography

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Happy Thursday everybody! Today in the School, I've released the "Lighting is Everything" module of the Yarnography course. I'm hoping these four videos will be useful to learning about different sources of light and how they affect your photographs. And also how you can modify that light to work for you! Check out the new videos here (link in bio!)
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#yarnography #schoolofsweetgeorgia #bobbinshot #lightingiseverything #spinnersofinstagram #sosyarnography

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Hi everybody! I can't believe it's already November! With the new month comes new content… and so, hop on over to the School to see the new "Wearing Colour" module from Colour Mastery (all about personal colour analysis) as well as the first three videos of the new Yarnography: Photographing Textiles course.

Find both courses here: https://www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com/course-library/

See you inside the School!

#yarnography #schoolofsweetgeorgia #photographingtextiles #personalcoloranalysis #sosyarnography #soscolourtheory

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Give yourself time. October is "Slow Fashion" time and I've been thinking a lot about the idea of "slow cloth" as the days get shorter and colder. Slow fashion is meant to be the antithesis of "fast fashion" and encourages you to consider quality, durability, and longevity in the pieces you add to your wardrobe. But maybe slow fashion also incorporates the idea of these garments taking a long time to produce as well… consider something like shearing the sheep, to processing and dyeing the fibre, to spinning the yarn, to weaving the fabric, to sewing the garment… beautiful and precious things take time.
For me, this is often a hard thing to do. When you feel compelled to rush from one project to the next. To be productive. But rushing through the process robs it of its joy.

Like this poor, doomed pair of warp chains. I wound them in a lovely gradient and they were meant for a baby wrap or something. But in my haste, I held too many strands of yarn together while warping, in an effort to "save time". In the end, my shortcuts caused a million tangles. It took me hours to wind on 12 inches. In a fit of frustration, I cut the whole thing off and it ended up in a pile of scrap yarn.
Going through my old photos as I prepare for the Yarnography course, I stumbled upon this photo of these beautiful warp chains. And I was reminded about how important it is to breathe and give yourself time. No rush. No shortcuts. These beautiful things take time.
#slowfashionoctober #slowcloth #warpchains #weaving #sosyarnography

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I've been eyeballs-deep in editing video lessons for the upcoming Yarnography course that I'm creating. It's all about photographing textiles and I'm digging into my archive of photos from the past 14 years to find examples to show. This photo is one of my absolute favourites from many years ago. Taken in July 2009 at the Earthues studio in Seattle during a week-long dye workshop I attended with Michele Wipplinger and Kathy Hattori (@botanicalcolors) where we learned different techniques for working with natural dyes. In this photo, I handpainted an alpaca yarn and a silk bouclé yarn with natural dyes and steam set them. They are still damp from the process and just waiting to go onto the drying rack. This was one of the most magical times of my fibre adventures. Actually, I remember @westcoastcolour was there too that week. Good times good times. .
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#naturaldyeing #naturaldyes #earthues #dyersofinstagram #yarnography #sosyarnography

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About Instructor

Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver // author + youtuber // been writing about colour and craft since 2004 // has far too many instagram accounts @lomeetsloom, @felicialowong, and @sweetgeorgia.

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Course Includes

  • 22 Lessons
  • Course Certificate