Crafting a color palette



For a fabric designer the color palette is kin to the elusive unicorn. You may catch a glimpse of her but if you miss her you are dead in the water. On the other hand, you may catch her only to be speared by her weird horn thing. Basically, I’m saying it’s tough, you got that, right?

Anywhoo, for the sake of progress by transparency of process I introduce you to my current unicorn. This is by far the most complex palette to date. There are so many little details in Parisville, each with her own personality. It left me feeling obligated to honor each of them with their own color. Side note: I have heard rumors about people that have a lot of friends and have to remember all kinds of birthdays and attend lots of parties. I never leave my studio so I’m not sure if this is true but it could be, you know, somewhere “outside”. Crafting the Parisville color palette is what I think that might be like.

To give you a scale reference please note the following statistics:
Full Moon Forest: 13 Colors
Flutterby: 14 colors
Nest: 14 colors
Neptune: 10 colors
Hushabye: 13 colors
Plume: 11 colors
PARISVILLE: 35 COLORS! What?!? That’s crazy talk! No, it’s true!

30 Responses to “Crafting a color palette”

  1. Wow…that’s a lot of fantastic colors you got going on there! I so cannot wait to OWN a piece of the finished product.

    Just think…if you added the amount of Plume, Neptune and Flutterby colors together, you’d get the same amount as Parisville’s!! That’s a lot of color to be sure. :-) NICE! It’s gonna be awesome…

    ~ MC

  2. I’m really loving the colours! That’a A LOOOOOT of colours but I don’t think anyone’s complaining :)

  3. Nice array of colors…can’t wait to see!

  4. OMG that is going to be so rich and lush. I love the way you offset pastels with deep deep colors. The navy in Neptune is why I found the whole collection so compelling. In Plume it was that fantastic red that sucked me in. I can’t wait to see this on fabric!

  5. 35 colors??
    how many prints are we looking at??

  6. Beautiful colors! Looks like you only “forgot” orange.

  7. So pretty! I’m loving the colours already, but 35? My my, that must have been a tad overwhelming!

  8. I am SO SO SO SO SO excited about this collection… ;) I cannot wait to own it ALL.
    I’m kind of like that. But you knew that, didn’t you??!?!??! :)

  9. Loved seeing this posted, after our brief color conversation yesterday. It was so nice meeting you! Thank you for the help with my fabric choices and the encouragement to tackle something new. Happy Belated Birthday!

  10. 35 colors! Holy smokes! You are on fire! Can’t wait to see the line!! :)

  11. 35 Colors? and they are all beautiful. These goes the bank account!

  12. Those colors are so pretty!

  13. 35 colors means more goodness to mix and match! I am especially fond of the greens in the middle. Cannot wait to see how these 35 colors play out.

  14. Hey girl…I LOVE the palette! Love all the 35 amazing colors!!

    BUT…I want to see more!!! meaning fabric, girl! Fabric!
    Bring it on! don’t be shy! Don’t hide it from your adoring fans any longer!
    Reveal! Reveal!


  15. Why am I becoming more certain that Free Spirit is the place for you. They are expanding your design skills and colour conciousness. A bit like the loveliest, most crestive acid trip ever. Can’t wait to see the whole line but especially the purples!

  16. Oh, god god, how long do I have to wait??

  17. Oh the colors, I am freaking out just on the colors alone. I think much of Parisville will find its way to my house!

  18. Awesome! I can’t wait. These look so great together!

  19. Way to wrestle the unicorn.

    What a lot of hard work! Can’t wait to see your new line.

  20. please please please PLEASE tell us a little bit more about the fabrics!! I know you probabyl can’t show us designs – but could you tell us the names of the designs? (I know I saw some of them on the selveges in your last post!!)

    We have to know!!!

  21. Exciting stuff! I love every single shade here. The top rows remind me of your bleaching experiments.

  22. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see Parisville!!!

  23. whoa….the most I’ve ever been “allowed” is 16…and sometimes that’s tough

  24. Oooh! Beautiful! I LOVE those greens! Can’t wait to see Parisville!

  25. I can already tell I am going to want to buy gobs of it. And congrats on the move to FS.

  26. Wow, 35 colors!!! They are gorgeous choices, and I cannot wait to see more.

  27. HoLY MolY!! I am in deep trouble…I can tell. So many colors that I LOVE in these palettes. I can’t wait. Oh…and moly isn’t the word I wanted to use, but thought I would keep my comment PG.

  28. I love Paris. I love you. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done this time!

  29. Sewing is like playing within a rainbow ! Thanks for another really fantastic rainbow of creative design and color range!

  30. Hi,
    I am making the Windswept quilt and was wondering what color #32 was in your master color palette. Also, where could I purchase this fabric or something close to the same color. Would appreciate any information. Thanks. I LOVE, LOVE your fabric! (and patterns). I am making this quilt for my daughter-in-law’s office who works at the University of South Dakota, so I think it will be fabulous! Diane

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