Lately I've had the sewing blahs. I just can't seem to drudge up the motivation to sew and it's taken me a few weeks to figure out why. I realized it was Color. That's my problem. I am a color snob, and I've pigeon-holed myself within the limits of a very constrained color palette. And I'm ready to break-out, get re-inspired and back on track again.
Over the last week I've been reading the new issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting and I came across a small segment where they mentioned a website where you can upload a picture, and build your own color palettes--the website is called Play-Crafts. I thought I'd give it a shot.
So first I went to Pinterest and saved a copy of some of my favorite pics that weren't normally in colors that I would choose (to make a quilt with), and uploaded it to play-crafts. And then I finally started to feel inspired again. When you upload your pic, you can move the little color sensor dots around to the sections you want to focus your palette around, and it gives you the Kona colors you need to create that palette! Isn't this the coolest thing since the internet was invented??!!
I'm so excited about this right now. Am I the last one to know about this??
Anyway, so another one of my big problems with choosing colors is there are certain ones that I will instantly rule out because, for some reason, they don't give me the warm-and-fuzzies. They look great when other people use them and I started asking myself "Why can't I use these colors? Am I so limited in my view that I discriminate fabric based on color? Do I want to be a person that can't figure out how to make a color work for me?" Well, I decided that "no" I do not want to be a person that can't use a certain color--I want to have an entire rainbow available for my use. So I searched on pinterest the two colors that are my nemesis--Orange and Purple.
I don't know why orange has always bothered me. It's bright, it's happy, and it's found everywhere in my favorite parts of nature. But when it comes to putting an orange cushion on my couch I just have never been able to do it.
So I found this picture that I LOVE and created the palette.
Is this not the prettiest thing you've ever seen! This makes me crazy about orange. I want to run through an orange grove, and eat an orange creamsicle, and I can even picture myself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies:)
So, I like orange. Can I comfortably say that? Yes, I think I love it!
But I still had one last color obstacle to climb over. Purple. I started disliking this color back in high school, when my sister decided she wanted everything to be purple. Everything she had was purple--her bedding, her walls, and even the molding was painted terrible Barney (the dinosaur) color. Ugh. It was hard to stomach. So, again I searched on Pinterest, and had a harder time picking out things I liked, but then I searched "purple bouquets" and found lots of pics that drew me in.
I found that I really love purple if added with shades of bright pink, blue and green. Purple might never be my centerpiece color but I'm sure that now I've found a way to love it.
Are there any colors that you discriminate against?
Anyway, if there are (or there aren't), if you're bored, suffering from the blahs, looking for some new inspiration and have some extra time between blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram, then you should really check out Play-Crafts. They are not sponsoring this post, but I can't recommend the site enough. Now my problem is going to be trying to get off the site so I can get back to my sewing machine;)