This week we're talking about color palettes! First I'll talk about fabric but at the end I have some links for you that might help you pick color palettes for your projects.
Before I ever even thought about selling hand dyed fabric, I took a class with Jean Ray Laury that was nothing short of transformative. That class kicked off a long period of reading books and researching color theory. It even led me to pester an art professor at the local college to bounce off my conclusions.
We are taught to thing that there's just one color system (wheel) but actually there are several. My research led me to the Munsell System and that's what I used to develop my Color Wheel set of fabrics.
This week I've restocked the Color Wheel "dark" Stash Packs and Fat Quarter sets.
Color Wheel Stash Packs also come on Medium and Light values.
There are Shades Packs for each of the 10 hues of the Color Wheel as well.
The Color Wheel Fabrics are always 20% off!
Fabric of the Week!
The Crayon Box Stash Pack is another set of fabric that's created from the Color Wheel colors but is not included in the permanent Basics sale. There are 20 textured fabrics. 10 are streaky fabrics, one in each of the 10 hues. The other 10 are mottled and are combination of 2 analogous hues. This week Crayon Box is 20% off through Sunday.
Color Palette Tools
I know that lot of people like using color wheels to help select palettes for projects. I find them of limited value. For me, it's difficult to translate the bright red on a color wheel to a maroon that I might want to use. So I've found some online tools to help me out.
Canva Color Wheel - works by you selecting a main color and the color combination that you want and then the tool picks the other colors for your palette.
Coolors is a palette generator. It creates a 5-color palette from one color that you choose. It has more complexity than Canva and has a nice tutorial to walk you through how to use it.
Color Space creates several different palettes from one starting color.
Palette Generator creates a palette from any photo that you upload. I could play with this one all day!
Design Seeds is for those who want to find a pretty palette that someone else had already created for you.
Here's a palette created by Palette Generator from a photo I took at the beach this summer. Have fun playing with these tools!
11/2/2021 07:43:42 am
I can't even wrap my head around the work involved in dyeing these color wheel fabrics! They are beautiful!
11/2/2021 09:11:20 am
In a lecture I attended earlier this year Kaffe Fassett said "the color wheel is the work of the devil" in response to a question.☺️
11/2/2021 10:22:32 am
Color theory is a complex subject that's for sure. Another site you might like to add to your list is this one...https://stitchpalettes.com/ It takes your photo (or ones they've generated themselves) and suggests embroidery floss colours. I'm on their mailing list and get a weekly dose of colour inspiration.
11/2/2021 10:24:18 am
oh - and another great tool I use a lot is the 'Ultimate 3-in1 Color Tool' created by Joen Wolfrom. It's published by C&T Publishing.
11/2/2021 03:04:37 pm
Thanks for posting about these online color palette tools!
11/2/2021 05:43:33 pm
Thanks for the links - those will be at least one evening's entertainment (exploration).
11/2/2021 11:46:17 pm
Hooboy! That's a lot to play with!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.