Monday, January 20, 2014

::Color Intensive:: Registration Opens Today!

Ready to improve your skills for choosing colors and fabrics for sewing projects?  Register today for Color Intensive.  Class starts February 3rd!

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.

Color Card project

Workshop Content

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!

Napkins project

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!

 Trimmed Tote for Color Intensive

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.

Red

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.

Bonus Quilt!

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...

Ikat quilt for Color Intensive

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!

Ikat Quilt pattern

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.

At the time of registration, students may also order a Kona Color Card, free for the cost of shipping.  While supplies last.  Unfortunately, I'm all out of cards now!

Welcome to Color Intensive

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!

xo,

Rachel Hauser

37 comments:

  1. I just signed up, but forgot to add the Kona color card. I did that in a separate order. Just wanted to let you know, since I understand the color cards are for those taking the class. Can't wait to get started.

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  2. Chai Rose.... stunning! Ready to know everything about colour and I signed up. Thanks Rachel.

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  3. I am so excited, just signed up too!!!! Anything I need to be doing before class?

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  4. I signed up! Can't wait to dive into the color experience with lots of people around the world!

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful class. Wish I had internet to support it here in Niger. I am teaching something similar to my fabric art and design (sewing for high school students at our mission school.). Thanks for your lovely blog which shares such beautiful ideas.

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  6. oh! wow! I am so tempted! but money is running out here!! I will have to wait until the end of january to sign up. The class looks so interesting !

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  7. All signed up!! I been waiting! Can't wait to start!

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  8. I just signed up too (using a different email / ID than this one). I'm really excited to get started!

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  9. all the luscious, tempting photos you've been posting have convinced me that I have to try this. I'm all signed up! and glad it's not starting until feb. my month is so booked. the genius manipulative card has me that much more excited about the course!

    I was wondering if there are any books on color you would recommend? because I'm a book girl, too. =)

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    1. Thanks for joining, Hydee! No, I don't have a book recommendation at the moment. So far nothing has been so "spot on" so to speak that I could really recommend it for our purposes.

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  10. Signed up and ready!
    thanks again for your effort and energy on this to enrich us all.

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  11. Looking forward to it starting x

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  12. I just signed up too and will have the color card mailed to sis in the States as I will visit soon. I hope my short trip doesn't interfere too much with my class experience....

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  13. I couldn't resist (and it made a nice birthday gift or my MIL too!). Can't wait. Now I better finish quilting that penny sampler!

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  14. Rats! I was so excited to see that we could register I did that before I read about the colour card. How can I go about ordering one and do you think if I ordered it today it would be delivered to a Washington state address by next Saturday?

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  15. Hi Rachel, I placed a subsequent order for the colour card. Fingers crossed it makes it to Point Roberts Washington by the weekend. My hubby has to go down to pick up another parcel on Saturday. The difference between $4 and $22 makes the trip worthwhile!

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    1. Crossing the country from me (SC) to Washington state might be cutting it close, but it could make it. Crossing fingers for you!

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  16. I'm in! Really looking forward to this class and as a previous commenter said, I too need to get on with finishing my Penny Sampler.

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  17. I'm registered and so excited! I can't wait. This sounds like it will really help me with my long arm business also. Thank you in advance for all your work! I know that it takes countless hours to put this together!

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  18. Hi Rachel! It's my 1st time to comment in several months as I'm actually at my computer instead of on my iphone. I just wanted to say that you have been slowly tempting me to sign up with each of the projects you posted but that ingenious color card is what got me figuring out my budget to make it work. Thankfully, unexpected money came my way so I'm all in and I can't wait for class to begin!

    And I want to thank the Robert Kaufman company for being SO very generous...that's amazing that they would do that!

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    1. Hey, I'm glad that it worked out for you and for me and for RK, who is of course happy to see us using their color card in class. Mutual happiness! Thanks for joining in.

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  19. Looks like an awesome class! I love you ikat Chain Rose quilt very beautiful!

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  20. Just registered. Yay!
    That Chai Rose quilt is just stunning!

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  21. Hi just registered. This is the first time I have taken an online class so a bit nervous not sure why. Looking forward to it :)

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  23. Hi - was trying to register but when I went to pay it removed the class from my cart and said my cart was empty - kept doing this.

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    1. Sorry to hear about that, Sophia! I heard a few similar stories, so it seems the Big Cartel cart was not up to snuff this time around. In every case trying again later did the trick. If you continue to have trouble, please contact me and we'll work around the system. Thanks!

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    2. It worked today! All signed up! Sounds like it will be a super class!

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  24. Hi Rachel
    So excited about your class. I was really looking for help using up my mismatched collection of different fabric lines. I want to be able to confidently put together a multi colored quilt using what I have ( with a little new fabric here and there) Do you think this class with help me with what I have? Thanks so much Cynthia

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    1. I hope so, Cynthia! I personally do work with mixed lines about 85% of the time. So, since I am sharing the way I think and work (plus color theory) I hope it will translate for others in the same way.

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    2. Registered!!! I can't wait. I need some motivation! Cynthia

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  25. Registered! So excited. It's my birthday gift from hubby. It's a gift all birthday month long!

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  26. Registered! I work at a quilt shop, Dangerous! Lots of fabric in my fabric collection. Ready to tear into it.

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  27. I am in! I just registered last night. I cannot wait to get my hands on the color card, that alone looks like an exciting project. I love color, but am "blind" when it comes to putting the colors together into something cohesive that does not look like vomit LOL Thanks for this fabulous class!
    Jodi
    mtnfamily2013@yahoo.com

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  28. Hello everyone, I am looking forward to the class and our projects too. I had ordered my colour card in December and the supplier shipped it 5 weeks ago. Alas as it has not arrived yet, I think it will not do so anymore. I will chalk it up to intercontinental shipping disappearances. I will have to make do without.

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