100 Days of Curated Colour – week 5

One hundred days of curated colour header

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!

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - red grey

29/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues: Color Serve

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - teal grey pink

30/100: Design Seeds – The Sea: Color Shore

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink orange peach cream purple

31/100: Design Seeds – Summer: Color Fruit

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - purple

32/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Tag

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green teal cream lime

33/100: Design Seeds – Summer: Citrus Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - brown grey green

34/100: Design Seeds – Slow Living: Color Prepare

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - orange green cream

35/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Flora Hues

30 and 33 were the winners on Instagram this week, closely followed by the glowing purples of 32. Which ones worked for you?

100 Days of Curated Colour – week 4

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Doing a daily project like #The100DayProject (currently happening on Instagram) is that you realise how quickly the weeks rush away. It is the end of week 4 already and I have made 28 (actually 29, I just posted today’s) curated colour selections for my #100DaysofCuratedColour project. I am resisting the temptation to look up what the last day is!

There is an odd-palette-out this week -. On Saturday I heard a very sad and depressing story – friends of mine lives in a village which celebrates a festival at this time of year, and lots of the residents put flags out to celebrate. Two years ago, in response to the shootings at the Pulse nightclub, my friends put up a rainbow flag.. very sadly it was pulled down by some unpleasant human(s). This year the rainbow flag has gone up again, and been torn down again. As a very quick *first* response (there will be more..!), I made them a Rainbow Palette to cheer up their Facebook page. As my friend Rachel says, love always wins.

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink blue

22/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Color Bloom

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - brights

23/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Create

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - olive purple beige

24/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues: Color Craft

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - rainbow colours

25/100: The Rainbow Palette for my friends

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - lilac purple mint green

26/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Spring Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - olive orange

27/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues: Paper Succulents

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - grey yellow mustard orange

28/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Create

The favourite on Instagram by likes was 24/100, although 26/100 came an extremely close second (just 2 likes in it). Removing the Rainbow Palette from the equation, because that is obviously my favourite, my personal choice would be 27/100 – I love it – I feel I got the balance just right and that combination of olive shades with a pop of orange reminds me very much of my godmother’s home. I really enjoy the way that the palettes evoke memories and atmospheres for people, that’s one of the rewarding aspects of this project, and of sewing in general, of course. I notice that the really bright palettes are less popular – 23/100 didn’t get much love! It would be hard to work with I admit!

Which one do you like? If you want to see all of them so far, I am gradually putting them on my 100Days0fCuratedColour Board on Pinterest.