Against the grain

On my latest finish, my advice was to use black, use piping, use orange, use green…and I’ll say that I took heed of all that advice and tried it out. Then I went with something totally different, and here’s why!

Black–safe, effective, comfortable and, to me, boring. Orange and green–for the same reason, too bright, too bold, too much contrast (and I never thought I would use those words!). But they both fought with the piece itself for attention. Piping really separated the design from the background and I wanted them to speak to each other.

And the winner is: a rich, deep burnt orange!

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I’m satisfied that the background supports the piece without competing with it and it’s much more lively than black.

DONE!

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10 thoughts on “Against the grain

  1. Love your final choice! Having said that, would you consider adding a possible extra very narrow border in that green next, then bind the whole thing in black – pulling those colors “out” of the wonderful piece in the middle? Possibly highlighting that middle piece just a tad more, which I think, is your point. I’m thinking that would look pretty cool. But, who knows? You could simply lay it out, without sewing, to just take a look. Good luck! I love that whole middle piece! I have quite a bit of African inspired fabric, as well as Australian aboriginal-type fabric, and you definitely gave me some ideas! Thanks! Jesse

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    • At this point, I’m calling this one done! I could fiddle with it forever, and maybe I should, but deadlines loom and I’m pretty happy with it as is. If it is still with me after my show, I’ll play with additional enhancements. Love your suggestions!

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  2. When I taught a color theory class, I told the students that color perception depends not only on color but what it is next to or surrounded by. I made a chart using the same color block and surrounded it with different colors to show how it changed the center color block. I guess you could say “No color is and island.”

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    • I’ve taught the same thing and sometimes I still struggle with getting just the right color. And then I tell myself that *I* am the one who has to like it and that helps me at least make a final decision!!!

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