Long term readers know that I’m not afraid to use colour in my sewing. (Too much red?!) But do you embrace colour in the same way?
If you want to be edged out of your comfort zone, do a bit of blue sky thinking. What colours inspire you, lift your mood, make you smile or leave you staring in a good way?
Here are my Top Ten Tips For Colour Inspiration!
1. Magazines. Whenever I visit the hairdresser, I grab a copy of Vogue and settle back. This is my version of a mood board. I like analysing the photography and colour palettes to see what’s likely to cascade down to the fabric stall in a few weeks’ time.
And when I step outside of the hairdressers, what colours do I see? Which ones make me smile? These colours can come from…
2. The Natural World
3. An Urban Environment
4. The Kitchen – though this might make you feel a bit hungry.
5. Childhood. This is fun! What did you love wearing as a kid? Oh look, more red!
6. Pinstagram. By which, I mean social media in all its incarnations. I find this a constant source of inspiration and particularly an inspiration to buy. I LOVE how fabric suppliers can share new stock on Instagram and I don’t mind being sold to at all!
7. Sewing pattern illustrations. How many times have you found yourself copying the colour of a dress as illustrated by the pattern maker? Yup! Still, who cares? If this steers you away from the familiar and safe…
8. Handling Fabric. Just seeing a whole range of colours and prints on display and available to stroke, can set off lightbulbs in your head. Follow the light. Indulge that knee jerk reaction!
9. Other Creatives. Every time I meet up with other makers, I go home inspired – and most often by unexpected fabric choices that I would never have considered. Oh, and meeting up is totally fun!
10. Sewalongs. Joining in with a community sewing challenge is a really excellent way of stepping outside of your comfort zone and could be your opportunity to embrace new colours. I used the Dolly Clackett Sewalong to explore the unfamiliar (to me) territory of pink…
So, that’s a real smorgasbord of colour. You may still be scratching your head and staring at your hastily gathered Jackson Pollock collection of fabric. Curating colour is the next step, and that deserves its own blog post. (One I’m not entirely sure I have the insight to write.)
In the meantime, do you have any of your own tips for colour inspiration? It’s a bright world out there. Nothing to be afraid of at all!