How to Choose Three Color Combos to Make Your Project SHINE!

Thank you so much for the massive and awesome reception to the release of the Makariri Shawl last week. If you missed last week’s email or somehow you didn’t get the pattern, click here to download it!

With the special Holiday KAL for the Makariri Shawl starting next week, in the Fiber Muse Sanctuary Facebook group, I want to share some tips this week on how to choose color combinations for projects that use three colors. In the pattern itself, I provide some of my favorite color combos, but if you want to step outside your comfort zone and get really creative, let me share some of my favorite resources with you on the blog today!

Design Seed

Be prepared to spend HOURS on this site.

Be prepared to spend HOURS on this site.

 

I LOVE this site. The creator behind the site, Jessica, takes photos and pulls the most common colors from it to create harmonious color combinations, which are fresh, soothing, or just plain gorgeous. She has sorted them by themes, such as the seasons, so if you want to make a Raumati Shawl (Makariri is Maori for Winter, Raumati is summer), you will pull up the summer themes to see what color combos best represent the feeling of summer! Be careful, you can get lost on this site for HOURS!

The Adobe Color Wheel

The Great Adobe Color Wheel!

The Great Adobe Color Wheel!

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try out the color wheel. Color theory follows some general rules, and depending on the color scheme you want to follow (such as triad, analogous, monochromatic, etc.) this wheel sets it up so that you just have to play around with the hands, and the colors that pop up will result in a color scheme that will work!

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Here’s a question for you: based on my original sample of the Makariri Shawl, which color scheme did I follow? Triad, analogous, or monochromatic?