I thought I would share a fun way to create color stories if you aren’t the best at matching. I think I am a basic matcher (if that’s what you call them). My close friends Allison and Tiffany, are experts, in my opinion. Allison sells lovely rosaries and so she is all about the coordination of beads and textures. Tiffany (among other things) is a Middle Eastern dancer and the costumes she chooses are perfectly accentuated by the colors she chooses. It all starts with color theory – then your story comes after. Your story is the reasoning behind the combination. What about this collection of images speaks to you?
What is color theory? According to Wikipedia:
In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color.
Here’s a quick reference sheet I found on Flickr for you:
For embroiderers who use DMC thread, like me, there are options, if you aren’t skilled at combining colors. You can try to mix thread colors yourself and figure out what works and what doesn’t, you can see what others have done and try to emulate their palette’s for your work, or, you can do something else.
For example, this is one of my all time favorite paintings:
This painting is Frederic Lord Leighton’s “Flaming June”. I love the colors, the subject and how you can’t really tell where here hair ends and where her robe/dress begins. I would LOVE to stitch something with this color story and now, I can!
Heading over to the Moda Fabric Palette Builder, I can load this image into their site, and get a color palette from this image, print and take it with me to purchase the corresponding thread! What’s great about this, is the little circles that show on the image can be moved around to get just the right shade you love, and the HEX codes/palette is updated for you. You can also get inspired by others’ palette’s as I often do, here Design-Seeds and Color Palettes.
I can also set the output for HEX codes use this DMC to HEX conversion chart to pull threads as well. I tried it with this painting and didn’t come up with great results, but I think it’s because it hasn’t been updated in a while.
Embroiderers can use this to create beautiful color stories for their pieces, but this can be used by anyone. Think of the possibilities:
- Painting your home
- Blog / web design
- Floral design
- Birthday Parties
- Interior design
- Coloring pages
The possibilities are really endless. I would LOVE for you to comment with your HEX codes or favorite image or even your personal color story! Who knows, maybe I’ll snag it for my next embroidery project!
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