The Alchemy of Fabric Club- March 2017 Edition:
This fresh spring green symbolizes new beginnings. Since I was a little girl green has been my favorite color so you can imagine how excited I am about this month’ selections. “It symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. With all of the snow we still have on the ground I am dreaming of “spring green” at the moment.
We have chosen prints with a variety of activity in some instances other colors added. Green is a secondary color made up of blue and yellow. When the amount of blue and yellow is varied in the mixing of the color the green changes from warmer tones to cooler tones.
Kaffes’ Roman Glass is a classic and is patterned with a variety of greens and meadow colors. This style of fabric makes suggestions to you about other colors that might work in your project. The second fabric subtly will play in a variety of places and feel light and airy. Number three is the highest contrast of the group combining spring like green and teal. The design will always dominate in this high contrast piece.
Next is a fabric from Tula Pink that takes the green to a “mint” form and places it on olive. With the swirling pattern the colors start to mix with each other creating another combination. Amy Butler created the bouquet style print and we choose it because she has taken the background to a very cool spruce like green.
When a more pure green is combined with a large amount of white in a print the green feels light and airy. The strength of deeper yellow green print from Valori Wells “olive” is a classic color and the low contrast of the design lends itself to become a great blender.
Some form of “green” can always save the day. I tell my students that green is nature’s neutral, look around you----sage, olive, spruce, spring green are just a few of the words you hear to describe green. For the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show raffle bike this year was chosen for the decals. I can just picture myself riding around Sisters on this “Jean Green” bike so I will be purchasing lots of tickets.
Our intention for creating the "Alchemy of Fabric" club is to provide the spark... the catalyst... the inspiration... for a project that your color palette is built upon. We have a monthly tutorial of insights on each fabric chosen. We have also included 10 other recommended fabrics to expand from the core fabrics and further guide your choices.
We are excited to share this educational opportunity as a study in color and fabric as well as build your artist palette of fabrics. As you practice designing your project from many different designers and collections our hope is to facilitate greater confidence and empowerment in your creative pursuits..
At the Stitchin' Post were are committed to creativity and inspiration and we are now embarking on a journey opening to new options together as the "Alchemy of Fabric" unfolds each month. Please share with us what the spark has ignited in you using the hashtag "#AlchemyofFabric" on your preferred social media platform, so others can be inspired by your work! You can also search #AlchemyofFabric to see what others have done, and to gain your own inspiration.