Decorative Crazy Patch Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery machines revolutionized hand stitching. What once took days or weeks to prepare now varies from minutes to hours. Embroidery designs aren't the only things you can stitch out. Some of the easiest embellishments are made with decorative stitches. Regardless of your embroidery mac... [More]

Monograms Made Easy

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The Skinny on Small Lettering

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Keeping It Simple Storage Cubes Big and Little - Part 3

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Tips for Getting Inspired

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Keeping It Simple Storage Cubes Big and Little - Part 2

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Keeping It Simple - Storage Cubes Big and Little - Part 1

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New Quick Font Lettering Eliminates Guesswork

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Embroidery Advisor Presents: Unique Sports Applique Alphabets

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It All Comes Down to Color

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Best Stabilizer for Stretchy Performance Knits? It’s in the Bedroom!

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In-the-hoop Cookies

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Ann's Sweetest Heart Collection: Perfect for Your Sweetheart

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Get Organized and Save Money Doing It!

It's just a number on a calendar, but the new year usually brings with it a desire to regroup and reorganize. Tired of looking for designs you know you have but can't locate? It just isn't any fun anymore. With the sheer number of embroidery designs amassed, the task of organizing them... [More]

Finish it Like a Pro - Trimming Tips

Have you ever wondered whether it matters if you first trim the top or the bottom of your machine embroidery work? It’s best to trim the top first, so that when you trim the back, you can gently pull on the bobbin tails to secure the trimmed thread end inside the fabric for a neater appearanc... [More]

A Pretty Felt Playhouse -Part 2

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Thinking Out of the Block: Embroidering on Pieced Fabrics

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A Pretty Felt Playhouse - Part One

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The Avid Embroiderer Presents – The Absence of Light is Black. A Freebie for Your Favorite DIY Person

The Avid Embroiderer Presents – The Absence of Light is Black. A Freebie for Your Favorite DIY Person

I have been looking at paint for the rooms in my new house. I will be moving in in mid July and currently having lots of fun with wall colors. I especially have looked at the "2018 Color of the Year" by the various paint companies. I am so excited about changing all those beige walls to something a lot more exciting. My blog is a simplified but very user friendly (OK, IMHO) guide to understanding and use of color.

It was Isaac Newton who first define what we know today as a color wheel. This study must have been incredible with all the basic color and their variations. Many have tried to discredit his thesis but no one has been successful.


His findings were that colors, as viewed via a prism show numerous colors. Conversely, when the colors are gathered together, the result is white.




The basic ‘names’ for the whole world of colors are:

Achromatic – Shades of white, black and greys.

Chromatic – The colors of the (entire) spectrum.


Color Legend:

Primary – These are called primary because you cannot ‘create’ them by combining other colors. (Shown as Numerals I above) Red, yellow and blue are the three primary colors.

Secondary – The secondary colors are a mix of two primary colors. (Shown as Numerals II), and are orange, green and purple.

Tertiary colors are made by mixing two of the secondary colors (marked “III” in the photo). These are yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green.

The inner circle represents Primary and Secondary in a more simple form.


Here are some terms that you will hear and see often and what they actually mean.

Hue – Hue defines a colors' tone; some of those might be "Primary Red - Hue Rose." 

Lightness – The shade of lightness/darkness. You might mix white or black to your color or even a lighter/darker color in the same family. "Black to Charcoal."

Saturation - The degree of intensity and purity of the color. That box of crayons is a good example of intensity and brilliance of a color. "Pale Yellow - Vibrant Sunshine."

The annual selection of 'color of the year' originates mostly from the paint companies. What better way to sell paint?? Here are a few of the 2018 selections. Frankly, I love them all. I have never been a 'pastel' fan and these are very saturated.







(This is advertised as a black with blue undertones. It is definitely different from black or charcoal.)


You can find Madeira Classic Rayon Thread in these colors along with their (Hex) number.
Oceanside - #1376 (025B6D)
Caliente - #1447 (8B292A)
Black Magic - #1439 (343533)

What is the bottom line for this blog? Go forth to fill your life and living with color.

INSPIRE YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND ALL WHO ENTER IT.


(I put this in 'cause I thought it was fun!)



Thank you for reading my blog with your busy schedule! Pat

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