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Stitched Blooms Color Workshop, Part 2 + Giveaway

February 14, 2014, 19:42 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Carina Envoldsen-Harris, author of Stitched Blooms, is leading a special Color Workshop in three parts here on the Lark blog. From reviewing basic color theory to showing us how to select colors for our projects, Carina will share her expertise of all things color. You can find Carina’s first Color Workshop post here.

This week, you can enter for a chance to win one of TWO projects from Stitched Blooms — the PJ Pocket Pillow or the Every Day Carry Case! See the end of this post for details on how to enter. UPDATE: Congratulations to our two winners: Kay and Cindy! 

 

Hello and welcome to the second part of the color workshop! Today we’re looking at different color schemes that you can create from the color wheel.

 

The basic idea is that according to their relationship on the color wheel, colors impact each other. We’ll look at two of them: complementary and harmonizing. But there are several others that are included in the color section in Stitched Blooms.

Harmonizing colors are right next to each other on the color wheel — for example, red, red-violet and violet. The colors have more or less one color in common (in the example above, the common color is red). A color palette like this is tranquil.

Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, like blue and orange. Complementary colors have nothing in common. Blue is a primary color and orange is made up of red and yellow, the two other primary colors. You could also think of these as contrasting colors, because they are exactly that — in contrast to each other. If you want your color scheme to “pop,” go for a complementary one.

Until now, we’ve focused on the (basic) colors on the color wheel, and maybe you’re wondering about where pink (personal note: I looove pink!) or pastels or darker colors fit into this.

 

 

Pastels and shades, the colors on the color wheel mixed with either white or black, can be used in exactly the same way as the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The same rules apply to the different color schemes. Pair a pale orange with a pale blue and it will have more ‘zing’ than pale orange with a pale red (a.k.a. pink).

You can, of course, combine color across the different schemes. In this last example, I have used three harmonizing greens with a pink color, so this scheme is basically a complementary pair where one of the colors is a pale version.

I call the schemes ‘rules’ but they’re more like guidelines. They are a place to start if you’re unsure how to select colors for a project. With practice, you will get more confident, and that is when it’s time to throw caution to the wind and just have fun with color!

To train your color eye, have a look around your home: Do you spot any of these schemes in things you own or in the decor? Think about the clothes you wear – do you go for quieter, harmonizing colors, or do you pick contrasting colors? An orange t-shirt with blue jeans, for example? What about the colors you choose for projects? Maybe you’re always subconsciously picking harmonious colors or…maybe not?

To see examples of Motif 99 from Stitched Blooms in different color combinations, click here. You can download this free motif from last week’s post here

Tune in next week for the third and final installment of Carina’s Color Workshop and for a chance to win more free stuff! And don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of two projects from Stitched Blooms: the PJ Pocket Pillow or the Every Day Carry Case! Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 20. You can leave any comment you’d like, but we’d be interested in knowing what you’ve got planned for future embroidery projects! Two winners will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced on Friday, February 21. Click here for the official rules.     This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners! 

You can see more of Carina’s totally awesome (and colorful!) motifs and projects at Carina’s Craftblog.

PJ Pocket Pillow

 

Every Day Carry Case

 
 
 
 

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    Kelly Massman says:

    I have been doing some embroidery on some felt ornaments… working a little ahead for 2014 christmas! thanks

    Kelly Massman says:

    I have been doing some embroidery on some felt ornaments… working a little ahead for 2014 christmas! thanks

    Meredith says:

    Just finished a project with some stitching and am still amazed how much I like it. The little Every Day Carry Case above is very cute!

    Melissa Ward says:

    I’m gearing up to start on a felt-and-embroidery mobile for my grand nephew. These color theory sessions are inspirational. Thank you for your generous giveaway.

    Melissa Graham says:

    I just finished embroidering on some cute little tooth fairy pouches

    Anonymous says:

    I need a new pillow on the couch. Maybe some embroidery would make it fun for spring?

    Carrie P. says:

    great projects. I am working on a mini wooden hoop embroidery design which will include buttons and french knots.

    Tabitha Keener says:

    I’m going to be working on a Victorian ladies at lunch theme. I’m brand new, so I can use all the help I can get. Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

    Tabitha Swain Klucking says:

    I’d love to start a sampler. A really colorful sampler :)/

    Tamie Herin says:

    Love the carry case. I’m going to be taking an embroidery class at Sew South next month. I’m excited.

    Rebecca Greco says:

    I am planning on trying out some sashiko embroidery soon!

    Cindy Dahlgren says:

    I intend to brush up on the skills I learned from my Grandmother and Mother and stitch up some sweet hand towels, then hopefully move on to embellishing some clothing.

    Carmen N says:

    No embroidery projects planned – I need some new inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win

    RetroSandie says:

    I love to work with felt and right now I’m making pincushions, bunnies, charms, and dolls – and using embroidery touches on all!! It’s very interesting working with the color wheel!!

    Stitch Mill says:

    Now I’m working on a lavender sachet for a friend who is having a hard time. I chose a lavender colored fabric with dark shade of purple and gray neutral threads.

    Kay Holm says:

    I am doing a stitch along using the coloring book, “A Secret Garden”. Love your stuff Carina.

    Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway. I am so excited to have won the project case! This has been a great series, and has rekindled my excitement to do needlework again!

    [...] This is the third and final installment of  Stitched Blooms author Carina Envoldsen-Harris’s Color Workshop. You can read the first two posts here and here. [...]

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