Sewing Machine, extension cord
Cutting mat at least 22” wide
Sharp 6-8” sewing scissors
Medium gray sewing machine thread
tailors chalk or other marking tool
two brown paper bags or other opaque bags for drawing strips randomly
one piece of 8.5 x 11 white copy paper
3-6 SOLID fat quarters 18” x 22” in each of the hue and neutral categories listed below under hue. Each hue category must include a light, medium and dark value. Beyond the aspect of value, there are several different aspects of color outlined below. Each fabric selection will fulfill multiple aspects of color. For example a fire engine red will be a medium to dark value, pure hue, high intensity, warm temperature. Do your best to check off as many of these aspects with the three to six fabrics you select for each hue & neutral category.
OPTIONAL: 2 print fat quarters per hue and neutral categories. Be sure that each of your prints also works to fulfill the aspects of color listed below and that they can easily be identified as a predominant hue. In other words - don’t include multi colored prints that don’t seem to have a predominant hue. You could for example include a high contrast black and white print in the White to Black Neutral category, or a print with predominantly yellow flowers with touches of green leaves or purple centers in the yellow category.
We will be working with fat quarter dimensions, but you don’t need to buy fat quarters, you can prepare cuts from your stash that are at least 22” long and approximately 18” wide give or take a little. The width is not critical but the length is. The length of all our strips will be cut and sewn at 22” for this workshop.
Because the purpose of this workshop is to explore your relationship to color and color theory, I highly recommend SOLID fabrics. Solids are fabrics that are NOT printed. Monotone prints, batiks, hand-dyes, and shot cottons do not count as solids.
We may not use all of these fabrics but it’s important for you to bring a full spectrum in order to explore and develop your personal relationship with color. Please try to bring a balance according to the aspects described below, even if you must include colors you normally aren’t attracted to. Do your best to select a balanced range of hues, neutrals, values, tones, tints, shades and brights, warms and cools, but don’t overly stress about it. You will learn something about your personal relationship with color no matter what you come with.
Blues: Sky to navy
Reds: Pink to maroon
Yellows: Lemon to gold
Greens: Mint to forest
Oranges: Peach to rust
Purples: Lavender to ultraviolet
Choose at least three solids in each of the hue categories.
Ivory to beige to brown
White to gray to black
Neutral colors don't usually show up on the color wheel and include black, white, gray, and sometimes brown and beige. They are sometimes called “earth tones.” Neutrals are important. They provide a restful backdrop for your hues to shine. Choose at least four solids in each neutral category — light, med, med dark, and dark values - see more on value below.
Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color or hue. Take a black and white photo with your phone to determine that you indeed have a range of light to dark values in each color way. High value is lighter on the scale, low value is darker. Include a light, medium and dark value in EACH of the Hue & Neutral categories above.
Pure hue - clear saturated (bright)
Intensity refers to the brightness of a color. A color is at full intensity when not mixed with black or white - a pure hue. You can change the intensity of a color, making it duller or more neutral by adding gray to the color (see Tints Tones Shades below). Intensity deals with the amount of purity in the hue itself. It can also be referred to as “saturation”. Primary colors are considered to be the most “pure” in intensity. Intensity can also be considered as the brightness or dullness of a color.
Include at least one intense bright hue in four of the six hue categories.
Tint - pure hue with white added (pastel)
Tone - pure hue with gray added (muted)
Shade - Pure hue with black added (deep)
In color theory, a tint is the mixture of a pure color with white, which increases lightness, while a shade with black, which reduces lightness. A tone is produced either by the mixture of a color with grey, or by both tinting and shading. Include a range of bright, pastel, muted, and deep colors.
You may not be able to include all three in each hue category but try for at least two in each category and be sure you have a balanced range of brights, pastels, mutes, and deeps, throughout your entire selection of fabrics. Notice if your stash leans in one direction or another. Some people collect mostly bright colors, others prefer muted or deep tones.. For this workshop you want to aim for a balance regardless of your preferences or habit.
Warm colors - with red yellow orange undertones
Cool colors - with blue, green, purple undertones
Warm colors are Reds, Oranges, and Yellows.... hues that remind us of sunshine, fire and warmth. Cool colors are those on the opposite half of the color wheel.... colors like Purples, Blues, and Greens that make us think of cool grass, water, or ice. Some people naturally gravitate to warm colors and others to cool colors, notice if you have more cool or warm colors in your stash. Color temperature is subtle and relative according to what it is paired with. Try and include at least one cool and one warm color in each hue and neutral category, but don’t stress too much over it.