Color Harmonies - Complimentary

Color Harmonies – Complimentary

Color Harmonies - Complimentary

The COMPLIMENTARY color harmony takes the main color, and adds the exact opposite color to it.  This harmony will add the most tension to the project, but also can be used to create an interesting texture to it.  Use this color scheme if you’re doing something where you want to call attention to a part of it, or you want to focus on a specific part of the design.

Click and save below the web card for this color harmony.  Print it out on cardstock, and use it to look at any of our thread wheels.  Make up your own even, and see how many schemes you come up with!

Now, let’s take a look at our 4 scenarios and see what we come up with:

Fill (shown above):  SCT003 used.   I basically took the blackwork fill, and checkerboarded it.  To stitch this design, I’d stitch all of one color, checkerboarding it filling the space.  Then, I’d just fill in with the other.  It’s a simple way to do it, but with the opposite colors, it could be pretty!

Fill (shown below):   SCT003 used.   Again, I’ve broken the fill into two overlappoing designs, and it’s gorgeous.  The play of the different color can be stunning. 

NBB-2315:  SCT004 used.  For this design in COMPLIMENTARY, I used the opposite colors to focus on the central design.  By doing it both ways, it really calls attention to it, and uses the simple frame around it.

NBB-6001:  SCT005-3a used.   Similar to the Analagous scheme, but I’ve kept all the blocks the simple single color, then did the cross stitch portion one color, and the blackwork the other.  It’s simple, but lovely!

Click on any of the images, and find a PDF document that has each of these charts documented with what threads I used.    Do this on each of the color harmonies I document, and you’ll have 12 different ways to stitch them!  The possibilities are endless!!!

Color Harmonies - Complimentary
Color Harmonies - Complimentary - Fill based on the SCT003 Thread Wheel
Thread Scheme - SCT003 DMC
Thread Scheme - SCT003 DMC
Color Harmonies - Complimentary
Color Harmonies - Complimentary - NBB-2315 based on the SCT004 Thread Wheel
Thread Scheme - SCT004 Bethany Beach
Thread Scheme - SCT004 Bethany Beach
Color Harmonies - Complimentary
Color Harmonies - Complimentary - NBB-6001 based on the SCT005-3A Thread Wheel
Thread Scheme - SCT005-3A Lavender Fields
Thread Scheme - SCT005-3A Lavender Fields

Find the links above to all of the thread schemes I used for these exercises.  But, keep checking back for more!  You never know what threads inspire you!  

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What color inspires you?

Thanks!
Sally

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