As regular readers will know, I am currently exploring my use of colour in sewing and textiles by putting together a daily colour-curated collection using fabric, threads and other bits and bobs from my studio/home stash, based on palettes from Design Seeds. This is my contribution to the 100 Day Project (#the100dayproject), a mass participation art event happening now over on Instagram – you can find all my photos if you follow the hashtag #100daysofcuratedcolour. My aim is to work on my understanding of the language of colour by building a reference library of ideas and inspiration. Colour in quilting and sewing is something that causes me a lot of angst, so it seems sensible to practice, practice, practice so that the skill of colour combining will come more easily.
This week I’ve been reading A Passion for Colour: Exploring Colour Through Paper, Print, Fabric, Thread and Stitch by Ruth Issett, and her enthusiasm and passion for colour and how colours work together when creating and stitching textile projects is totally infectious. Writing about her use of liquid colour (but I think it applies equally well to combining colours for quilting), she says:
You can follow the colour wherever it may lead, or not, there are no rules as such, but there are choices , and that is crucial. Spontaneity is important, but so is selection. It is all about the combination of accelerator and brake; too much ‘acceleration’ and things can get out of control, while too much of the ‘brake’ can hamper and restrict, leave the work predictable and lacking excitement.
I love that – there are no rules, but there are choices. And of course, choices are easier, aren’t they, when you have all the relevant information to hand. Each time I put together a palette of fabrics and threads – it feels like there’s a whole new set of opportunities to create and sew, that I can file away for future reference. Hope you’re finding them useful too – you can find all of my colour-curated boards grouped together on Pinterest, if you’d like the full effect!
30 and 33 were the winners on Instagram this week, closely followed by the glowing purples of 32. Which ones worked for you?