Developing Color Confidence with Jean
Did you know that “color” is the first thing we see when we look at a quilt! It is what draws us in, makes us want to take a second look.
I purchased this scarf early last fall and just couldn’t get enough of wearing it. Mostly I paired with a deep gold shirt. It is the inspiration for this blog.
Put on your “detective” hat and identify the colors in the scarf.
Being a detective means looking objectively at what you see. Instead of one teal, there are three teals, each slightly different. These are the kinds of clues that you find in paintings, too.
I call this “pushing the palette”. I have always found, in my work, that having several choices in each of the colors in the palette gives me choices. As I work I will say to myself “I need a touch darker tone or lighter one”. This way I give myself choices from the very beginning. And look what just arrived from Kaufman, “Interweave Chambray”. I love the soft red violet. I think it will work perfectly.
Scroll back up and look again at the whole palette. Let’s take a look at the range of colors that I chose to work with for a the table runner project. Notice how you see larger amounts of color with some of the fabric. I have arranged them in proportion of how much of each color I see in the scarf.
You want to remember that when you work from inspirational fabric or a picture, part of what drew you to the colors is, not only the actual colors, but also the proportion that they are used. I have been using this principle for 25 years with students in the classroom and it works!!!
I could not resist starting a table runner project for my fall table.
I envision it with my favorite items from Twigs, which are the velvet pumpkins that come in the yummiest colors ever. This is one of the best projects for playing with a color. I find that students end up with wall hangings as well as runners. I am going to have Jackie pull these fabrics and put together a “Jean’s Palette Pac”. Available at the shop and at www.stitchinpost.com
I want to create a runner with no borders and I think these colors will look really good on the warm tone of the wood on my table. Here is the beginning of the runner…it is ok at this point but look what happens when you get another part done and start to see colors repeated…..this is the beginning of the magic, putting the colors together and getting the strips stitched together! Now I can hardly wait to work on it again. I will share it when it is finished.
Challenge yourself to push the palette a bit and work with colors out of you comfort zone! I love to see what you do so send pictures!!!