Learning about colors and the first stitches of the year

New year wishes to all of you!! A little late, but better late than never!!

As the year began, I got an opportunity to learn about color theory through a free online course run at StitchMap.Color selection has always been a weak point of mine.Solid colors are fine,complementary colors are also fine,but ask me to differentiate between the minute shade differences of a color- I am gone!!

Well,anyway, the first half of January had me rummaging through the pages of magazines,pamphlets and brochures looking out for different colors .I made a color wheel with those...

Click on the pic for a better view.Primary colors are shown in heart shape,secondary in diamonds and tertiary in rectangles.Did you notice the warm and cool colors separated by the dashed line? Yellow to red-violet on the right side are warm. By warm, we mean colors that strike you instantly.Violet to Yellow-Green on the left are cool colors.

Once the initial paper cutting work was done with, we had to demonstrate the color combos.

I used Petal stitch for those big flowers,filled up with stem stitch and french knots in the center.The small flowers are done with blanket stitch and fly stitch .Those were inspired by TAST. But here the stitches are not important;we're talking about colors,aren't we? Let me tell you the categories.There are three combos here-warm,cool and mixed.

The red petal flower is warm,the purple and yellow petal flower is mixed and the purple petal flower is cool. Though I like all the combos, I think my color values are warm and mixed . I'll never go for that purple, blue,green combo unless Iam forced,like in this case :)

What about you? Have you given a thought about your color values?

A few more exercises are to be completed; once that is done, I'll show you another set of color combinations.
Till then,

Love,luck and sunshine,


  1. That is nice Deepa. I took colour theory from stitch map last year

  2. Colour is a weak point of mine also. This course looks good any I love the stitch samples that you have done.

    I would probably go for the purple.blue/green choice :-)

  3. Hi Deepa,

    Thanks for the information about the stitch Map. Even I would like to take this course on color.

    How is your health now?

    Take care.

  4. That's interesting Deepa,,,thank you for the link

  5. What an interesting project. i was never any good at this sort of thing

  6. useful information.....waiting for the continuation....good work deepa...

  7. Good hear from you !!! How are you dear friend? Hope 100% good!!
    A big brazilian kiss to you!!

  8. Deepa that is a good idea to use different shapes for the primary, secondary and tertiary colours...I am sure if all the colour wheels had that it would be easier to remember them.

    I like the colour combinations of the stitching.

    Your posts are always so interesting and informative.

    Hope all is well with you now.

  9. I like the designs you've stitched! It's interesting to see the different combinations of colours.

  10. oh thank u Deepa... this is news for me...
    i too ll try it out :-)

  11. happy new year to you too!
    i keep fooling myself thinking that my color sense is ok. that course sounds like a doesr.

  12. That's great, Deepa! I'm doing my CTC now, too! We're classmates!

  13. Hi Deepa... glad to see a post from you again! Colour theory is something I'm familiar with for my art, but it is always interesting to see how others relate to it and "put it all together"... very nice post. Hugs.

  14. I have been going through your posts and enjoying the blogs and learning a lot. Appreciate you spending time and sharing your knowledge. You are an inspiration.


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