Sunday 1st September 2019
I hope you all had a fantastic Summer Holiday – It’s Back to School once again, and Autumn is almost upon us. So, it’s time to change out of those viscose t-shirts and get your jumpers at the ready.
But I’ll talk a little more about Autumn in next month’s blog.
This month I wanted to offer you all some tips and guidance with regards to COLOUR.
I’ve been doing Art since I was at PRIMARY, then I took it as a BTEC and also as one of my GCSEs in SECONDARY school, finally I progressed on to receive an A-Level qualification at College – which you could say I did at TERTIARY level (meaning I took everything I’d learnt from Primary and Secondary school and applied that knowledge and skill into my College work).
The budding Artists amongst you may have noticed what I did there 😊
Paint is to Painter as Fabric is to Sewist – I think that’s how it goes, my point is each uses their own skill and materials to create their own unique masterpieces, but both use colour.
Whenever I want to create something – whether it be a pattern from a book, or something I’ve designed myself – colour always needs to be at the forefront of my mind. In my opinion, colour is an important (if not the most important) part to any project. Here are just a few tips of my own which might help you:
Tip No. 1: Let the Fabric be Your Guide –
Before I even begin to create a product, I look at what fabric I’ve got and ask myself…What could I make with that? Would this work together with that? How would it look if I tried this? Will it actually work? This can take up to 3 – 30 minutes or longer (depending on how many times you keep changing your mind) but it’ll be worth it once you’re happy, because being happy with your decision makes all the difference.
Usually on a piece of fabric you’ll find a small colour chart going along the bottom with approx. 1-6 different colours that feature within your fabric (depending on whether it’s patterned and multi-coloured) – this is your main guide to choosing the best colour scheme to use for your work as it helps to enhance specific colour(s).
I find that if you’re a complete beginner to sewing, then this is the safest option.
Tip No. 2: What’s Your Colour Scheme? Choose Wisely –
“Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Orange and Purple and Blue…” – you were singing along with that then weren’t you? Nowadays colour schemes are always changing and it’s important to stay up to date and get to know some of the latest trends. Take Christmas for example; the majority of people will associate Christmas with reds, greens and golds (I know I do). However, in recent years, blues, pinks, purples, and even black and white are used as Christmas decor.
Tip No. 3: Blending Colours Can Create Illusions –
Really? You’re probably thinking I’ve gone nuts but it’s true. Colour CAN make your work look like an optical illusion – and it doesn’t have to be too complicated in design. The cover photo for this blog is taken from a hand-stitched hexagon wall-hanging I created last year – I recently posted it up on social media and a lot of the comments I received were about how I’d mixed and overlapped the colours and how I’d managed to create ‘movement’ within the piece.
Now it took me quite a while to create a colour scheme I liked, but I can assure you (as I did in Tip 1) taking your time to choose the right colours is one of best things you can do in sewing.
Tip No. 4: Don’t be Afraid to Go Against the Guide –
The colour chart at the bottom of your fabric is a guide yes…but that doesn’t mean it’s compulsory. I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s best to go with your gut feeling.
Take the Blue Jay fabric from Windham’s ‘My Imagination’ Collection for example. Let’s say I wanted to make a storage box, I would need fabric for the outer and inner panels – I’ve already got my outer fabric, so I need to choose a lining fabric. Now, the first thing that comes to mind is that there’s already a lot of blue in the background and in the shapes so I would personally avoid using a similar colour. If it were me, I would focus on enhancing those small sections of yellow and magenta by choosing either the Sunshine (Dots & Letters) from the same collection or even use the Tropical from Free Spirit’s ‘Essential Solids’.
(Note: In the example above, you don’t have to use my choices, you are free to choose whatever fabric you like – like I said before, go with your gut feeling).
Well I hope these tips have given you some inspiration when working with colours, if you have any comments of your own or any questions you’d like to ask me, then please don’t hesitate to contact me via my email [email protected] or via the Sew-Drops Facebook page and I’ll get back to you.
(All the fabrics I’ve mentioned in this blog are AVAILABLE to purchase in our Sew-Drops SHOP)
Liberty’s ‘The Summer House’ Collection Available NOW!
Initially this fabric was going to be released today – but I thought I’d be nice and released the full 33 bolt collection a few days early. This fabric is anything but Summer, I think it should’ve been called The Summer/Autumn House Collection – but I don’t think that would’ve caught on. Anyway, this collection is packed with rich, stylish designs which are perfect for any time of year.
Sew-Drops Newsletter Official Launch –
For those of you who have signed up to Sew-Drops’ Monthly Newsletter (via the Homepage), you’ll be happy to know that I have officially released the first ever Sew-Drops Newsletter. With each newsletter I will be offering exclusive sneak previews of new products, top tips and special news updates.
Upcoming Newsletters will be sent out the last week of each month.
In the Beginning Fabrics Launch –
I’m not sure of the exact date, but we are expecting to begin stocking ‘In the Beginning Fabrics’ in September 2019 – more information will be published nearing the time of the launch.
Well that’s all for now. Until next time.
Rebecca (Sew-Drops Ltd.) x