Color Intensive is a 5-week online workshop specifically for sewists. Inspiration, theory and practical application will bring your understanding of color and fabric to a whole new level.
This workshop is an experience, not a "do" list. I want to teach to you see what I see and to give you a rich new vocabulary for color. The language of color is critical, because what we cannot describe we cannot fully know, recreate and transform. Above all, I want you to move to a place where color expression in fabric is instinctual and joyful and personally authentic.
Just like dancers spend time warming up, you need to have a comfort level with color so that you can create more freely when sewing. Our workshop will explore these 5 themes over the course of 5 weeks:
::Color Emotions:: discern Warm vs. Cool colors, the impact of Seasonal Palettes and how Color Psychology can enrich our work.
::Color Theory:: understand the Color Wheel, Analogous, Complementary and Triadic color relationships, discover how to make Rainbow Blends and all the different Types of Rainbows.
::Neutrals:: strategies for choosing Black, White, Brown or Gray, about Shades vs. Tints, the impact of Value and how to make interesting Monochromatic works.
::Color Mixing:: how Context affects color, creating a Color Story, getting the Right Ratios, how to Source and Process Inspiration.
::Working in Cloth:: stashing Helpful Fabrics, avoiding Limiting Prints, what are Key Ingredients in a lively fabric pull, how to Create a Balanced and Refined collection for a large project.
Each lesson includes actual fabric and sewn examples to demonstrate these color concepts in a very tangible way. When it comes to color, we're all visual learners!
You'll interact with course material via a weekly Color Intensive Mosaic Contest, which will challenge you to put ideas into action with actual fabric, while also learning from each other and from my commentary on mosaic finalists. And, yes, mosaic winners win fabric!
Each week's Friday Assignment is designed to take you further, with practical application in fabric. Three of these projects suggest you do some sewing, while the other 2 do not. Sometimes just arranging and evaluating fabrics provides more time to learn about color than actually sewing.
Alongside "lecture" posts on the above themes, Color Intensives includes my Color Catalog. The Color Catalog is a visual collection of my favorite color schemes, color by color. In regular installments I'll post photos of delectable fabric groupings with 4 each for every main color: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue and purple. Anytime you need a quick color pick-me-up or are searching for an idea that includes a particular color, you can refer back to the Color Catalog to jump start your projects!
For more details see this Intro Post for Color Intensive.
I couldn't resist! Each of my previous classes has included a pattern for a special quilt. I know you enjoy these patterns, and so I had my thinking cap on while designing Color Intensive. Turns out that the Ikat Napkins design is so much more than a napkin...
With savvy value choices it becomes a beautifully intricate quilt! Color Intensive includes the pattern to machine paper piece or traditionally piece this twin-sized quilt. You can alter the finished size for your needs by making more or less blocks!
Want to see more? Come back later this week for the full scoop on my Chai Rose ikat quilt.
How Does This Work?
As usual, Color Intensive will be delivered via a private class blog, which you can access on your own time, anywhere in the world on any computer, and where you can ask questions! Class begins Monday, February 3rd and runs 5 weeks through the first week of March.
I will be offering only one version of Color Intensive for $55, which will include the eBook. As this class is packed with visual content and visual inspiration, I consider a permanent reference in eBook form to be absolutely essential.
If you're on a fabric-fast or looking to enjoy the process more, either way Color Intensive will give you new insight and new tools for working with your fabrics on hand. Don't miss out! Classes and eBooks are available only for a limited time, and may or may not be repeated.
I hope you'll join us for Color Intensive!