Thursday, July 8, 2010

Color - my new color wheel!

I love the fact that embroidery floss comes in such a huge variety of colors. I know that one of my favorite parts of embarking on a new stitching project is the process of selecting colors. I want to learn more about color theory and color relationships and so I bought this color wheel. It is so much fun to use and has so many interesting color facts and advice. For instance, I have this little stitching project from "Shhh...Baby's Sleeping":
What colors to use? I know I want to use this beautiful blue as this is for a baby boy.
According to the color wheel, a nice relationship would be a triad of colors. That means three colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel and will always look pleasing as a combination:
So the other two colors in the blue triad are red:
and yellow:
I think that makes a beautiful color combination!
I am using the blue to outline the ball in back stitch:
and red for the stripes - I used the split stitch here:
now all three colors for the french knots and
satin stitch stars!
I think I am really going to enjoy this new color wheel and all the new color combinations it suggests! Speaking of color, I have to include this picture of my sweet pea bouquet looking so pinky and beautiful on my shelf!


My 1st Bambina! said...

You are definitely having fun with your color wheel :-).
The bouncy ball looks great with your chosen colors!
Lovely bouquet!

Libby said...

What a great idea! Those colors ARE great together!and your sweet pea's on your shelf are so pretty!

Annie said...

Great idea Kim!...I never thought of using a color wheel...Must make choosing so much easier!...Love the sweet peas....Annie

Miss Paula said...

Where did you get your color wheel?

big B said...

Thanks for your sweet comments everyone! I AM having fun with this color wheel - there are so many combinations to try - quite a few I wouldn't have put together but now can see they look good together :) I got this color wheel at the university book store - but I have seen a similar one at an art supply store.

Silver Sisters said...

My grandmother was a painter and she used to dig out her color wheel all the time. She would mix green paint in the shadows if the foreground had red in it for example.
I found a color wheel about a year ago and am always referring to it. One side has triangles and rectangles on it that show you different kinds of complements - trying out the different kinds of complimentary schemes gets you some more interesting results.