Earlier this month, I talked about selecting a colour palette for needlework and today we are going to delve into a little more about colour theory and specifically an analogous colour palette.

What Is An Analogous Colour Palette?

An analogous colour palette means selecting colours next to one another on the colour wheel. I discussed previously how I start with choosing my variegated thread first when creating a palette. Since our feature colour this month is Colour #72, and it is not a multicoloured blend but monochromatic, I opted for an analogous scheme.

How to Choose a Colour Scheme

Colour #72 is a blend of coral and coral pinks. I have chosen fuchsia, red, orange, orange/red, and purples to create a harmonious palette. I should mention my palettes may not always follow colour theory exactly, and in this situation, I added a combination with blue.

When creating my palettes, I always start with choosing my variegated thread first. This allows me to draw other colours from the colours in the variegated colour combination. This thread may not always be my “focus” colour, meaning it may not be the center of attention. I would add textures in the above colours with silks, rayons, and metallics AND don’t forget your solids!

What Colours Are In Our Palette

The photo shows all the colours in a size 5 Perle cotton, but they are available in sizes 8 and 12 and 6 strand floss.

I recommend picking up a colour wheel as I always have mine at my fingertips. They are a handy, inexpensive tool available at any art store and some craft stores. If not, you should manage to locate one online!

What do you think of our analogous colour scheme? This colour combination is a bit unique, but I love the result it creates! Don’t forget to play around with colour combinations and have fun.

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