Friday, January 17, 2014

super awesome Manipulative Kona Color Card!

Ok folks, I'm excited about this!

What do you need to work with color, experiment freely, try, learn and grow?  You need color at your finger tipsAll the colors, please!  Preferably in fabric form.

the Manipulative Kona Color Card

Enter my creation for Color Intensive - the manipulative Kona Color Card!  It's all the colors of the rainbow in peel and stick rearrangeable form, thanks to the magic of Velcro.  Rejoice!

choosing a palette

Zero in on the perfect colors for your project.  Test out different shades, add and subtract neutrals, experiment with value, try anything

Working with pure color fabric swatches that can come away from rainbow order on the card, to be viewed on an uncluttered neutral workspace, makes such a difference.  Now you can see those colors for what they really are.

going to fabric

And then the fabric play begins!  With confidence.

delight!

the Manimpulative Kona Color Card

Or...

Seize a favorite print and discover which colors are speaking to you.  Lay swatches right on the fabric to sort out the truth.  Then consider your picks in another context too.

pulling from a fabric

And maybe rule some out as you refine your vision.  Buttercup or Citrus?  Decisions, decisions...

decisions, decisions!

Students of my Color Intensive online workshop may order a free Kona swatch card (just cover the cost of shipping) to make a super awesome manipulative Kona Color Card of your own.  Robert Kaufman (makers of Kona) generously donated 2012 cards, each with 243 colors, for our use!  On registration day you can buy your card, if you want one, in my pattern shop while you're buying your class.  Then at the the private class blog you'll find directions already posted for how to transform a regular swatch card into a manipulative, super-usable tool!

Shipping will be $4 via First Class in the United States, $22 for Priority Mail to Canada and $24 for other international Priority Mail destinations.   Remember, purchasing this card is optional.  If you already have a color card, you could definitely convert it to a manipulative card and be all the better for it!

for Color Intensive online 
workshop 

During class, some assignments will make use of this tool.  Yes, you can totally do the class without it, but this is going to enrich your learning for sure!  We'll also use Kona colors to speak a "language" of particular color that is independent of your computer screen.  Since computer screens vary wildly in color display, I'm excited to have a color language that's physical, specific and - best of all - manipulative.

Registration's on Monday! 


47 comments:

  1. Could you please tell me what fabric line that last floral fabric is - the colours are just stunning.

    Thanks

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  2. Eventhough I'm off Monday I'll be up early to register....what a wonderful tool!

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  3. Yes please and thank you :) Fun,useful and all those colors, love it! My kids will understand that its mama's tool not their toy, right? ;)

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  4. Is there a maximum number of students accepted into the class? I'm trying to figure out how early I need to get up on my day off. : )

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    1. Sleep in, Sarah. I don't expect students in this class will have many questions (unlike when learning a sewing technique). So, I don't plan to limit the number of students in this class.

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  5. Ok wait, let me get this straight, if you take the class and live in the US, you can get the 2012 Kona Card for $4 (the shipping cost.) So basically since a color card cost $20 normally, it almost like paying less for your class.

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    1. Yes, 'tis true! Robert Kaufman gave them to us without cost. Yay!

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  6. This is genius, I often try to figure out how to figure out solids without being influenced by all the other little swatches around it. I just got a 2013 color card.

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  7. This is indeed genius Rachel! I just read your post about the class and I think I must have missed that when you originally posted it. I am trying to fabric fast this year and I have a pretty good stash, but I have trouble picking things that go together. I may just need this class more than I knew.

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    1. Perfect timing then! Yes, I've heard the same from others who are fabric fasting. This is a good class for learning to use your stash effectively!

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  8. I am so going to do that!! I already have a color card but I think I will order another one when I enroll in class.

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  9. Great idea with the card! I especially like the idea of using it to match colors in prints....speaking of, what is that gorgeous floral in the last picture? It's speaking to me :)

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  10. Wicked cool idea! Though I'm afraid I love my colour card too much to cut it up! :)

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    1. Yeah, I thought that could be the case. You'll have to get an extra one via the class so it's risk free =)

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  12. Fabulous idea!!! A "why didn't I think of that?" kind of thing. :)

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  13. Hi Rachel, I love the idea of this class. I just wanted to tell you that I have too many time constraints at this time. But at some point in time, I will be in one of your classes. Best of luck with this one. It looks totally awesome!

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  14. This looks so wonderful Rachel!!! Just wondering if there is any possible way you could mail the color card via regular mail to Canada so it wouldn't be so expensive?

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    1. Unfortunately, priority mail is the only kind of international mail I can ship from my house, so considering the volume of packages I expect to have to ship, I am only offering priority mail international.

      Sorry!

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  15. Brilliant! Looking forward to signing up for this class!

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  16. Another winning idea! I can't wait to play!!!

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  17. genius! I had 2 cards & chopped one up & kept all the bits in zip locks but this is so much better and the best of both worlds :) clever you!

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  18. I am in color heaven! Now I really can't wait for this class! Glad you mentioned to sleep in...was thinking I was going to have to get up early too for registration ( what a relief!) I adore all your fabric you used for this post - I think if I were you I would sit in your sewing room and smile at all the lovely fabric for hours!

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  19. I have a card on its way, but can't take the class due to scheduled medical procedures. Will your conversion trick be available later?

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    1. Sorry to hear you won't be able to join in. Unfortunately, I will only be offering this project tutorial as part of Color Intensive. It's important to me to make the classes super valuable, so I do not generally publish class content in other forms. =(

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    2. I think I can do it, but the card stock you used for the manipulated one has me stumped.

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  20. I so need one of these and when I do get one I'm definitely going to transform it your way. Such a great idea!

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    1. How are you going to do it? I got my card, but Rachel isn't giving directions outside of class. Cut up the card, put Velcro on backs and card in the same order? Measure the space first? Any ideas are appreciated!

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  21. Hi Rachel! I really want to sign up for this class. However, I have such trouble with a wacky work schedule and other commitments in keeping up with QAL and classes on a schedule. Heck, I haven't even finished my Vintage Tangerine quilt yet (insert HUGE frowny face!!!!) Is this class something I can read along with as you go and yet sew along at my own pace? I love your instruction and seriously thing you would make the best Craftsy instructor ever. Thanks in advance for responding!

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    1. Oh, Margaret, I just now saw this. It's been a busy weekend getting ready for registration tomorrow!

      This class is is no way as big of a time commitment as my previous classes. There are just 3 sewing projects, and one of those is very open ended. Students should set aside time to read the lessons each day (15-20 minutes?), since a little at a time is easier to absorb than a week's worth. Yes, I do think it would be quite valuable to read along, maybe do the mosaic challenges (great learning and fast and free!) and do the Friday assignments when you can. I do not when I'll offer the class again.

      Hope that helps!

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    2. Your response helps tremendously, Rachel. Thank you!!

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  22. My goodness I can see hours of fun with those!

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  23. This is so exciting! Hope I can manage to grab one. So looking forward to this course :)

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  24. I've cut my up already, but this is brilliant!

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  25. Wow! Someone really had their thinking cap on!!

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  26. Fantastic idea! I for one will be cutting up my colour card very soon. Thanks Rachel

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  27. Hi! Would it be possible to purchase one of these most wonderful cards??

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    1. Oh, sorry, I won't be making manipulative cards to sell.

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  28. Rachel, is it too late to join in? Someone just informed me of your blog and I would like to REGISTER and also get one of the color cards so I can match up colors the right way...do I dare say how much Kona I have in my stash? I usually just buy 2 or 3 of the 'close' colors, but that is getting expensive!

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    1. Hi there! Well, I am all out of Kona cards, so you would have to buy one of those from a store (Canton Village and Fat Quarter Shop have them). I am still taking registrants for the class. The class blog stays open through March 31st and all students receive an eBook (PDF) that contains all course content, for a permanent record. I won't be doing this again anytime soon, so join if you can: http://stitchedincolor.bigcartel.com/product/color-intensive-online-workshop

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