Color Harmonies - Monochromatic

Color Harmonies – Monochromatic

Color Harmonies - Monochromatic
Color Harmonies - Monochromatic

The MONOCHROMATIC color harmony just takes various shades and tints of the main color – making it a very subtle and calming color palette.  It takes a single color, and just expands it as needed.  It’s the most simple of all the color harmonies, because you can take any manufacturer thread card to confirm the colors.  For instance, here’s the portion of the card I used to take a look at NBB-2315.   Thread 3755 is the main color, so I chose 322 and 3841 for the shade and tint.

This color harmony gives the most calming and clean aesthetic to a project.  You want to ensure that the colors give enough variation,, however, or it may become monotone.

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.   Take the fill, and break it down into 3 repeats.  Then stitch each in one of the 3 colors.  Breaking it down this way, makes it easy to stitch, as it’s all repetitive.  Play around with the color, and the placement of the colors.  It all makes a difference.  Just experiment with how you stitch the blackwork fills, and they’ll never get old.

Fill (shown below):   SCT003 used.   This version of the fill gives it a 3-Dimensional look again.  Playing with the lighter and darker colors gives it a subtle look, but also pops it off the thread.

NBB-2315:  SCT004. To get a 3-D look, stitch as above, stitching the lighter and darker color as shown.  This works well in any color, and really gives the sampler a stunning look!  Try the 3-D look to any block, by stitching the lighter and darker threads along the sides.

NBB-6001:  SCT005-3a used.   The central color I used to surround the design, and stitch the 4 rectangles along the outside.  I used the darker and lighter color to accent the design.  I mixed all 3 of the colors with the border, carrying to color throughout.

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 - Monochromatic
Color Harmonies - Monochromatic - Fill based on the SCT003 Thread Wheel
Thread Scheme - SCT003 DMC
Thread Scheme - SCT003 DMC
Color Harmonies - Monochromatic
Color Harmonies - Monochromatic - NBB-2315 based on the SCT004 Thread Wheel
Thread Scheme - SCT004 Bethany Beach
Thread Scheme - SCT004 Bethany Beach
Color Harmonies - Monochromatic
Color Harmonies - Monochromatic - 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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