I’ve been thinking a lot about my approach to colour in my sewing. Because I’ve been making lots of tiny pincushions, it feels like colour mistakes are a lot less easy to hide than in bigger pieces. I don’t have a training in art, design or textiles, so putting together colour, tones and patterns is something that I have to learn for myself. Up until now, my colour decisions have been made in a really ad hoc way – I think of a new project then I delve around in my stash until I come up with a combination of fabrics that I think works together for that particular project. But I’m beginning to realise that it’s time to devote a lot more time to thinking about my colour choices, and how fabrics work together.
So I’m seeking out places to look for colour lessons. One of my favourites is the Creature Comforts blog by the highly fabulous Ez. Pop round there and click on Colour Crush – for hours of happy browsing. This is how it works –
Ez fnds gorgeous images, groups them together, then pulls out the colour combinations that make the image work so well. Brilliant.
Pinterest is also fantastic for colour inspiration – just type in your preferred colour combinations and away you go. Love grey and yellow combinations? Then just search on grey’ (or gray of course) and yellow and you’re away. You can also try searching for stuff like ‘colour combination’ or ‘mood board’ or quilt plus your favourite colour. Woops… that’s another evening gone!
Does anyone fancy joining me on a Thinking About Colour challenge? Here’s my idea:
1) Think of a theme (whatever you like)
2) Put together collections of colours, objects, pictures (again, whatever you like) and photograph them or compile web images
3) Blog the results
4) Share the results on Flickr and via a Mr Linky widget thing (that I’ll set up if I can work out how to do it…)
Please leave a comment if you’d like to join in – and if there’s enough interest I’ll post a proper plan on Saturday.