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Color Harmony: Pantone Edition Book Review

Leatrice Eiseman, (Quarto Publishing Group,Beverley, MA), 2017, $24.99, ISBN: 978-1-63159-296-6. I have owned and loved several different editions of the Color Harmony books over the years, including one in Japanese. The first one came out in English thirty years ago, in 1987. The different volumes used a set palette of colors and then showed them […]

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pantone fall 2017 colors

Here is a lot of colorful eye candy for you today. Be inspired by the Pantone fall 2017 colors for your sewing.

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Ten Conversion Charts

Do you ever feel frustrated when looking for a matching thread? Maybe your project instructions call for one brand of floss but you can only find a different one. Perhaps you have a lovely skein of overdue and you want to know solid colors that match. The tool you need to do this is a […]

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Late July, Garden + Clay Sunflowers

My cutting/veggie garden is coming along slowly. We finally got a good bit of rain and all the little sunflower seedlings perked and popped up. (I cannot water my garden because we do not have enough water in our well. For my potted plants, I use gray …

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Maine Getaway

After Julia graduated, she and I had a chance to visit our friend Sally at her home on an island in Maine. Unfortunately, The Farmer can’t leave the farm and the animals but I take opportunities for trips whenever I can. It is a long ride Northeast, th…

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Loving Yellow and Some New Embroideries

I can’t get enough yellow. I love it in its many shades – sunflower yellow, canary yellow, turmeric yellow, yellow squash, lemon yellow, daffodil yellow, egg yolk yellow. It is so bright and sunny and makes me happy. I’ve been seeing it being featured …

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Orna’s Way to Play with Color

Many of us tend to feel uptight about color. We want formulas, rules, and guidelines so that we pick the “right” color. Orna’s recent post takes colors from the piece pictured above and plays with them to get some very creative results. It’s inspiring and a great springboard for your own color experiments. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content […]

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How to: Pick Your Wardrobe Capsule Color Palette

Hey hey curvy sewists! Who’s gotten started on wardrobe capsule plotting? I love a good capsule and tend to sew ‘mini-capsules’ — i.e. at least three garments that work together. As a long-time sewist, I’ve gotten over the initial phase — you know, every project is a party dress, when your day-to-day routine is more…

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How to: Pick Your Wardrobe Capsule Color Palette

Hey hey curvy sewists! Who’s gotten started on wardrobe capsule plotting? I love a good capsule and tend to sew ‘mini-capsules’ — i.e. at least three garments that work together. As a long-time sewist, I’ve gotten over the initial phase — you know, every project is a party dress, when your day-to-day routine is more…

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Spring Slowly Arriving

Spring is slowly coming to western Massachusetts. The daffodils have just begun and there are bits of little blue flowers sprinkled throughout the garden and lawn. It is a welcome sign because the winter was so long. The trees are budding and if we get…

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The Designer’s Dictionary of Color Book Review

Sean Adams, 2012, Abrams, ISBN: 078-4197-2391-9 Written primarily for graphic designers, this is an inspirational book about color. After a short introduction defining terms, the chapters cover colors in four categories: warm, cool, neutral, and specialty (fluorescent and metallic). The first page of these chapters shows you the colors that will be covered with names […]

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Cute Rainbow Coloring Page Printable

Play with colors and create your own pretty art with this free printable rainbow coloring page. This is a fun printable rainbow craft is perfect  for any age! Color, count or create some pretty art, this printable rainbow page can be used as a rainy day activity or a pretty wall art you frame and…

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pantone spring colors inspiration

Here is a lot of colorful eye candy for you today. Be inspired by the Pantone spring 2017 colors for your Oliver + S sewing.

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wardrobe edit: pink flamingo

Kona color of the year 2017 is Pink Flamingo. Come see many ideas on how to add some Pink Flamingo to girl Oliver + S patterns.

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25+ Colorful Kids Craft Ideas

colorful kids craftsCheck out these incredible 25+ Colorful Kids Craft Ideas we’ve put together for you! We’ve found tons of kids craft ideas that are full of color and creativity to inspire you and your family. This colorful rainbow of craft ideas will keep kids busy on winter days and decorate your wall with bursts of color. Over 25…

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Color – New Life New Beginnings with Greenery – 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone has named Greenery the color of the year. It symbolizing renewal.  It speaks spring.  Greenery is the new neutral.  Pantone has provided several color combinations from brights to pastels. Surprisingly, there are many color combi…

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Is White Always “White?”

I sometimes think I have a blind spot when it comes to black and white threads. Make me find a blue or red thread to match a canvas and I’ll agonize over finding one that is exactly right. But I find myself cluelessly assuming that all whites are the same, as are all blacks. And […]

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2017 Color of the Year

Late last week Pantone announced their color of the year. it’s called Greenery and is a light, bright spring green. I’m not surprised I was just noticing how this color is showing up in several of my scarfs. Taking my cue from them, this color looks fantastic with navy, bright aqua, burgundy, all shades of […]

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Keeping Color from Looking Dated

I’ve written in the past about ways to change color so that your vintage needlepoint canvas doesn’t look dated. While it is relatively easy to know how to make a given color scheme look more modern, it’s much harder to figure out what schemes will look dated and how to avoid them. When we buy […]

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Color Conversion Charts

It can be immensely frustrating as a stitcher to need to convert from one thread to another. This was brought home to me years ago when I was stitching some cross stitch pieces by Jane Greenoff. The first one I stitched was a kit my mom bought in England. It used Anchor threads. The second […]

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Thinking about Dyeing Threads

I am fascinated by dyes and dyeing your own threads and canvas. I’ve tried it many times, starting in the 70’s when I dyed Persian Wool and made a sampler of stutches from The Needlepoint Book with them. But I find myself caught up short whenever I think about doing this more consistently. My problem […]

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pantone fall colors inspiration

Here is a lot of colorful eye candy for you today. Be inspired by the Pantone fall 2016 colors for your Oliver + S sewing.

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It’s Not November Yet…. + Some Paint Trends

….. but it sure feels like it. Work on the book continues. I was away from the farm for a few days – writing and typing and trying to pull it all together. We got back to the farm and November has arrived a few days early. While I was away, most…

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It’s Not November Yet…. + Some Paint Trends

….. but it sure feels like it. Work on the book continues. I was away from the farm for a few days – writing and typing and trying to pull it all together. We got back to the farm and November has arrived a few days early. While I was away, most…

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What Is Color Harmony?

If we think about color, and often we do, mostly we think about it in terms of the traditional European color combinations of complementary, analogous, and so on. But what happens if instead of classifying color combinations into these categories we expand our notion to an idea of “color harmony?” Then whole new worlds of […]

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Stitch the Rainbow

We may be pretty good at picking colors when we need just two or three. We may even do OK if we can pick the colors as we go. But pick all the colors for a rainbow and have them go together? Nah, probably not one of our good things. Australian blogger Wild Olive has […]

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Construction Sale on Needlepoint

Unhappily these days the Internet is too full of folks who do’t understand what they are doing, let alone how the Internet works. Throughout the spring, as regular readers of this blog know, I was the victim of my scummy host providers. One victim, unknown by me until it was too late, was my entire […]

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Changing Colors and Fontaine

You don’t have to like everything about a quilt pattern to want to make it. When we ran surveys asking about the content of our past issues, we always made sure to put several options when asking if our readers … Continue reading

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The Garden Shed Project – Exterior

This week, I’ve continued working on the the new version of the Garden/Tool Shed. I scraped the entire exterior. What a job – I hate scraping peeling paint but someone had to do it! I washed it all down – with a bleach solution trying not to get it on …

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Scrap Bag: Orlando comfort quilts, world’s “ugliest” color, Woody Guthrie quilt, and more

This has been a tough week in a lot of ways, hasn’t it? Some of today’s quilty news items reflect recent events, but hopefully you’ll find all of them inspiring. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has started a project to … Continue reading

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