31 May Color Harmonies – Tetradic (Rectangular)
The TETRADIC (RECTANGULAR) color harmony offers you 4 colors, 2 pairs of Complimentary colors, separated by 1 thread. It’s an interesting color scheme, and come up with some interesting combinations.
In the standard R-Y-B scheme, it is a very bold color harmony. But when you get into my thread schemes, it gets interesting. In SCT004, it comes out very muted, since 2 of the base colors were in the red family. In SCT005-3A, it almost comes out in 2 pairs of the Analagous colors.
Whatever thread scheme you come up with, it’s bound to be pretty!
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. For this one I did another checkerboard version. I paired color wedge 02 and 04 for one checkerboard, and then color wedge 08 and 10 for the other. In SCT005-3A, you can pick up on that, because the colors work, 02 and 04 are darker, and 08 and 10 are lighter. In SCT004, it subtly comes out that way as well.
Fill (shown below): SCT003 used. In this example, I again broke the fill into the 4 repeats shown below, and paired them to showcase off the design. I played color wedge 02 and 04, and used that the set the background. Then, for the other 2, I paired 08 and 10. It showcases the threads beautifully!
NBB-2315: SCT004 used. I played around with the central square in this design, and then just used the color wedge 02 and 04 to frame it. I started with color wedge 80 and 10 in the middle, and worked out. Adds some interest to it!
NBB-6001: SCT005-3a used. For this design I used color wedge 02 as the focus color, and used it heavily throughout. Then I did the rectangles in color wedge 04 and 08, and finishing up with doing the cross stitch border in color wedge 10. The colors might not be meshed together in the design, but you can see how using the thread wheel works, their still related!
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!!!
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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