Introduction to color harmonies, and what can you do with them?

Over the next several months, I’m going to do a series of posts that cover various color harmonies, giving you some ideas how you can pull together your own thread palettes. Basically, I want to give the stitcher total control over their projects, and want to give them a way to look at thread in a way that makes sense, and stretches their creativity.

OK, let’s get down to the brass tacks, and go ahead and look at the definition of color harmony. Wikipedia states that “color harmony refers to the property that certain aesthetically pleasing color combinations have”. That’s it, a color harmony is simply a group of colors that are pleasing to the eye! Well, Wikipedia also states “color harmony is a complex notion because human responses to color are both affective and cognitive, involving emotional response and judgement”.  So diving into the deep end of the pool, it really can be as complex as we want… Queue the color nerd’s excitement… No, it doesn’t have to be, and that’s what I hope to show you.

So, what will the discussion of color harmony involve, you might ask? I am going to talk about different ways of looking at color, and with each give you tools and tricks about how to look at them. Also, I’m going to offer two freebie patterns and two blackwork fills – charted to give you ideas about how you might stitch a design using that method. Each also will have a PDF of a card you can print out. Print it out on cardstock, cutting out the greyed out sections, and use this card to look at color a whole new way. Each of my thread schemes also has this same card, and yes, they work together.

When all is said and done, I feel like you’ll have all the tools you need in order to look and play with color! When you begin to look at a project, you don’t have to do the colors charted, or ask around to see if anyone has palette ideas. You will be able to do them yourself!

So, want to get into the weeds a bit with me in order to play? Join me, and I’ll give you a new way to fall in love with color!

Happy stitchin’!
Sally

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