Crafty 2020 into Lockdown with Rainbows

The early days of lockdown were symbolised by colourful rainbows which were placed in people’s windows or chalked on the pavements as a symbol of hope and solidarity. Sadly over the months these rainbows faded along with people’s spirits and compassion. It was sad to see the rainbows fade and disappear and it felt like all the people did too. The next few days are looking like there will be stricter rules again, wonder if the rainbows will reappear or whether people are too disheartened. It’s such a difficult situation and one that no one has control of or fully understands.

I love rainbows so several of my craft projects in the early days were rainbow themed.

Birthday card made for Captain Tom Moore who raised nearly £40m walking around his garden. He received over 150,000 cards! Pattern from Stitching cards
I have wanted to make this bracelet for years, so finally did, the photo does not show how it sparkles. The crystals are Swarovski. Pattern from Auntie’s beads Ideally it does need rethreading with smaller crimps as we ended up having to glue them in place. I am sure that will take me several more years to get around to!!
Rainbow cupcake using iris card from Dee Craft
Another Iris card using Dee Craft template. Made for a lovely lady born in 1970, think it looks quite a flower power elephant, quite appropriate for that era.
Another Dee Craft template. Normally I use strips of paper for the Iris folding, this one is made with ribbon.
Pattern from Ann’s Paper art
A print from Art by Arjo. A local artist who was sending free prints out. I coloured the rainbow and added the sun and cloud with stitched text.
Same pattern as Captain Tom card
Finally finished my rainbow cat quilt, only took 7 years!! There was only the binding to do and with help of Phillipa Naylor’s online lesson I finally got it done at beginning of lockdown and just this weekend got it mounted on the wall
Finally!

That is the end of the rainbow ones, I did make a couple of other things, but in my haste forgot to photo them! I never know what colours I should use for a rainbow, so go with the classic Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, which it appears was devised by Isaac Newton.

“Newton, who admitted his eyes were not very critical in distinguishing colours,[8] originally (1672) divided the spectrum into five main colours: red, yellow, green, blue and violet. Later he included orange and indigo, giving seven main colours by analogy to the number of notes in a musical scale.[2][b][9] Newton chose to divide the visible spectrum into seven colours out of a belief derived from the beliefs of the ancient Greek sophists, who thought there was a connection between the colours, the musical notes, the known objects in the Solar System, and the days of the week” (wikipedia)

Sometimes I use the colours as in the song I can sing a rainbow which are red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue.

Rainbows are not actually distinct colours that is how we perceive them

“Rainbows span a continuous spectrum of colours. Any distinct bands perceived are an artefact of human colour vision, and no banding of any type is seen in a black-and-white photo of a rainbow, only a smooth gradation of intensity to a maximum, then fading towards the other side. For colours seen by the human eye, the most commonly cited and remembered sequence is Newton‘s sevenfold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet,[2][a] remembered by the mnemonic Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (ROYGBIV).” (Wikipedia)

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