How to choose fabric colours for your quilts,
Choosing the right Colours for your Quilts,
Fabric colour choosing,
What colours do you use within your quilts?
and sooo much more!
Good morning everyone,
Hopefully you’re feeling very inspired & creative this morning.
I was speaking with a group of ladies a few days ago, within a class I was
teaching, and they were very concerned with colour.
Colour is something that many people struggle with, even though we're totally surrounded with it, in every form, shape, shade and colour that could possibly be imagined.
We all have our favorites, even if we don’t actually realise this.
If someone asked you, “what is your favourite colour”? , how would you answer that?
I could say that I don’t have a real favourite colour, but with clothes I love
autumn and rusty type colours and shades, but then again I love pink as well.
Definitely not blue or black, and never have.
If I was to choose a bunch or two of flowers, normally roses from the florist, I’d always go for pink of some shade or deep strong definite yellow.
Many of us have shades that we're drawn to, more than colour.
Look around your house, your cups, your towels, your underwear and even right down to your toothbrush, or the flowers in your garden. We’ll normally surround ourselves unconsciously with the colours that resonate to us and our fabrics are just the same. If you check out your stash, you’ll find that 60-80% of them will be either colour or shades of similarities. Of course there'll always be colours there within your fabric stash, that aren't a colour that you resonate with, but of course these colours are also important as for example you may need a blue for a sky, etc.
With all this, many people really struggle with finding the right fabrics
and colours to go into their quilts, and they become quite concerned about it and wonder why they can’t seem to “get it right”, when others seem to have it perfect.
This is where the ladies were, that I was speaking with.
They felt apprehension and almost “less than others”, they said they "felt silly" at not being able to easily choose colours. They advised that they had no problem "buying" fabric because they'd always buy what to them "looked nice", and they "Just had to have it" fabrics.... we all know that feeling.
So I very quickly gave them lots of information to give them more
confidence and knowledge to be able to choose and also “work their fabrics” both visually, and verbally and then within the whole class room.
There is more science to colour than what most people realise there is.
It’s like when people are trying to learn to paint either on fabrics or canvases and they can get quite upset as nothing they mix seems to work, it all ends up looking like mud. Here’s an example... if you mix red into green, you’ll end up with a totally different colour and shade then if you mix it in the opposite way, being, mixing the green into the red.
I always like to teach colour in different ways than many people do.
Once you've chosen your main colour, or even possibly shade,
next look at it to see if it’s a bright vibrant shade, is it like a mid shade or is it what I like to call a dirty shade which is really more of a muted shade.
Sometimes you'll look at a quilt in a show, that'll often stand out from the
rest, and you can't actually decide what the main colour is, that's because they have all their colours with matching shades and they all blend perfectly together, just like nature often does.
Once you have your shade decided, then quite often the rest will all come together.
Make sure that you stay with the same sort of shading, and if your quilt
allows then have several different levels of that colour, meaning if you’re using let’s say a muted type yellow colour, then choose approx 6 different shades of that colour from dark down to light but always being mindful to keep them all as muted shadings.
Hope that makes sense.
When I made my, A caterpillars dream quilt it had approx 120 different
fabrics within that quilt, and many of them I had approx 10 different shades of each colour. Now these don't really stand out, they just "blend in". You'll also see here, how they're all a "dirty muted shade" which is why they blend so well together.
It's very important to have just one colour that’ll actually “pop” to then
give your quilt true impact. In the above quilt it was the blue in the flowers, dragonflies and wrens that did it for this quilt.
There are many things that you can do and access to help you
work "your" colours out better and easily.
Here are just a few examples:
Take an image, a photo etc, bring it up onto your computer screen, next
click on the image and just keep making it bigger & bigger until it’s totally pixelated. You may be surprised at just what colours you’ll see within that image.
Have a try at this,.... try a face, a flower, a piece of bark, an ice cream, etc etc
Now something else that I often direct people to use is, by going onto the
computer and bringing up colour palettes. These are absolutely brilliant to work with, as most of these are from graphic designers who really understand the blending of colours and shades.
Here are just a few that you can check out.
Canva ... This one here allows you to place a photo in and it’ll pull out
the colours that are within the image. Click on the pink link here to be taken to "play"... Have fun but do come back for the rest of this here, as there's still lots more playing to be done. Just hit the back button to return back here.
If you did the above suggestion of pixelating your image, and then
adding that same image within the above link, you’ll be able to really get a fantastic idea of the colours of your fabrics that you’d choose.
Scroll down the above Canva page, when you have it opened, a little and
click on the colour wheel or click on the link here and you’ll find a brilliant colour wheel that I think most will say its brilliant.
Have a play with it.
Here’s another one that I’ve randomly opened for this, that has blends of
different colours and different shades of colours
and of course there’s always Pintrest. https://www.pinterest.com.au/manekibeader/inspirational-colour-palettes/
These are all just from doing a Google search, and of course there are
thousands of different ones. So just Google something like "colour palettes"
and see what comes up.
If you’ve never checked these out before you’ll very quickly see how
useful these can be when you’re trying to work with colour and fabrics, and even for a contrasting thread to bring real impact within your personal masterpiece.
For many people looking at these charts, really opens up a whole new way of looking at their fabrics.
I personally like looking at ones that also have an image with the palette
like the ones here from within Pintrest.
Always aware of people's copyrights, I've added the names of who's Pintrest boards these belong to.
These above two absolutely luscious and rich in color images are from Jessica Colaluca's Pintrest board.
The image on the left is from "In colour Balance" and the image on the right is once again from Jessica Colaluca's Pintrest boards.
These images give you a fantastic idea of some of the things that I've
explained above, but colour doesn't finish here, the above suggestions are just a starting point, as you then also need to know "just what and how" you can work those colours to give yourself the maximum amount of confidence that you, yourself deserves, and the maximum and best results that you now deserve to achieve.
You, your fabric and your quilt deserve to expand your personal
knowledge to gain the maximum results.
Knowledge is a very powerful thing, and without always expanding and growing within ourselves we lose confidence and settle for mediocre results, regardless what it is within your life.
Gaining knowledge doesn't always mean it's hard, or hugely time
consuming to learn, often all that it takes is just the right positive attitude to want to learn and to grow within yourself. It can be very enjoyable and inspiring, it can be easy and simple, and the results you gain from that new knowledge can be very powerful and inspiring.
Now here's another way that’ll give you a whole new unexpected way of
looking at and working your fabrics is with my Fabric Selector Tool on-line class.
What you learn within this on-line class is very different to what you’ll
see and learn within the above Colour palette Google searches.
I teach you a whole new way of looking at your fabrics that most people
have never thought of doing, regardless of whether it’s at home or when you’re in a shop purchasing.
This is how I achieve many of the results that I get, just like these flowers here, where the petals look very 3 dimensional. This is achieved with "how I work my fabrics", and you too can achieve these results, "easily...... simply and with fun".
It’s a simple and easy program, as there’s nothing for you to do, but to
make a cuppa, grab a bickie or two, hit the play button and settle in for approx 90 mins, that's if you wish to watch all in one go, otherwise you can watch some now and some later, etc and your knowledge about how to “choose and work your fabrics” will be totally enhanced, and you’ll never look at your fabrics in the same way again.
How easy is that?
This Fabric Selector Tools on-line very easy class comes with 4 videos,
a booklet and a pattern sheet to try out your new found knowledge about
"fabric choosing & working it", which is just as important as choosing it.
So do look at all the above different methods of colour, etc and you’ll find
that you've gained a huge amount of knowledge and confidence here today already.... simply & easily.....
This posting has now given you lots of different ways of how to look at,
choose and work your fabrics within your next “masterpiece”.
As usual, this is once again starting to become a book, but once I start
writing, my passion just takes over me, as I really love to share knowledge, as I like to know that others are also able to grow within their personal creative journey.
You can also check out this video or just click here to see it.
So now I’m going to go and make a cuppa, sit in the very cool winter’s
sun for 10 mins or so, then I’m spending the rest of my day working with fabrics and paints, while developing my next on-line class that hopefully will be ready within approx 2 weeks time.
This is the Advanced Trapunto class which is a follow on from the
Basic Trapunto on-line class.
Hoping that you enjoyed this today, and I'll be back again this time
next week hopefully, with something else to inspire you and your personal creative journey.
Enjoy your day,
and try to find some time this week just for YOU,
as you’re more important than you think.
Remember to leave a comment below and I always answer them all.