Color, Color, Color

What’s your favorite color?
This is a tough question! The more you delve into it, the harder it is to answer. I have favorite colors for certain things – like really white milk, dark green leaves, silvery fish, slate stones, muted brown tree trunks, flaming red watermelon, sweet pink roses, luscious eggplant…it goes on and on. And then there are colors I use to create a homey environment (soft gray with bright white trim), a creative office space (green) or a clean embroidery studio (cream). But when I open my closet, I see my old favorites – black, gray and brown splashed with bursts of lilac, pale blue, lime, apple green, silver and white. We are creatures of habit. I often buy the same clothes over and over again. And it’s not on purpose, it’s just habit. I can’t resist a chic white tee or deep black pants. You’d think I was a waitress!
So how do we break our color habits? For me, I do that with embroidery. First off, I’m a firm believer in SEEING the embroidery. So even if I’m going for a monochromatic look, I make sure the threads are in the same color family but not the same value. I love experimenting with new color combinations. Coral, turquoise and tan are a new favorite. I find aqua, black and gray stunning. So what’s your favorite combination? Do you love brights? Pastels? Earth tones or jewel tones? Do you have two or three colors that you just can’t resist?   
 Post a comment below telling us your favorite color combo and get a chance to win a one-year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine! If you already subscribe, we’ll renew your subscription for a full year!
The lucky winner from last weeks giveaway for the Mini-King spools of rayon thread is…CHERYL!
Cheryl said…

Oh wow, my first sewing lesson from my mom was sewing strips of rag fabric together, so she could make rag rugs to sell. It was a White treadle machine, that is still in the family. Later, when I didn’t need as much supervision she purchased, with S&H Green Stamps an electric zigzag portable machine, so we could both sew at the same time.

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40 Comments on Color, Color, Color

  1. wendiesr
    May 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite color combo is blue and green. Dark, bright, pastel, dusty. Second choice would be blue and yellow. And finally, blue and brown. Are you getting the theme here? Blue it is!

  2. srb4
    May 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm (10 years ago)

    I am a purple-pink-red fan. I often use some sort of plain or lightly patterned fabric to embroider my designs, because I really love to have the embroidered design pop from the pillow, jacket, placemat I have made. I use other colors, of course, but when I look at my creations over the last few years, there is a lot of purple-pink-red!

  3. Phyllis in Texas
    May 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm (10 years ago)

    I love Blue and White. It always feel fresh. I also like black pants with brightly colored tops like Red, Yellow, Lime, or Pink.

  4. grammaheh1
    May 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm (10 years ago)

    I love colors of any kind and in unusual combinations. I have never really had a favorite color, and my wardrobe refects a diversity of colors. Dark fabrics with metallic gold and silver color embellishments are my favorites for special clothing. Metallic colors can really dress up a jean jacket or simple pair of jeans to make a spectacular outfit.

  5. Cathy in AK
    May 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm (10 years ago)

    My latest favorite color combination is lime green and shades of bright pink – fuschia, hot pink, light pink. Of course that could change tomorrow!

  6. splimber
    May 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm (10 years ago)

    The colors I always gravitate to are white and black with a bright lime green as an accent. I love the contrast.

  7. Mary
    May 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm (10 years ago)

    My color is blue and taupe,the purple or lavender and green and I love red, white, and blues. Blues it is for me.

  8. beabop2
    May 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi I like pastel colors they are soft and I like that. But I would have to say my favorites are the twisted variegated ones they can make a whole design go from drab to fantastic. The sky isn’t one color nor the grass and leaves. I just love them you can do so many things with the color choices. Beverly ^j^

  9. rosemaryschild
    May 15, 2010 at 12:08 am (10 years ago)

    My favorite color combo is brown & turquoise. Brown is not really a favorite color for most, but add a splash of turquoise & you have something wonderful & eye-catching!

  10. bissecat
    May 15, 2010 at 4:44 am (10 years ago)

    My favorite colours is :Black,Red,vhite and lime .

  11. Judy
    May 15, 2010 at 5:28 am (10 years ago)

    I love all kinds of combinations of colors, but I’d have to say my all time favorite is the complementary combo of yellow-green with red-violet.

  12. theagedpage
    May 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite colors are Browns with what I call Pooh (Winnie) Green and turquoise. I also love the green and turquoise with a nice sharp black. But all in all I must say by pattern comes down to the Pooh Green – I even had a spa room painted that color – Love it.

  13. Stitchfork
    May 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite can change from day-to-day and project-to-project and season-to-season. But I do lean towards shades of blues on brown as a no-fail combo!
    Cathy aka Stitchfork

  14. Anne
    May 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm (10 years ago)

    I love rich blues mixed with white and yellow. I collect Blue Willow dishes, so my eye is always drawn to blue-and-white combos.

  15. Greta
    May 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite colors never change… white, black, purple, blue and green. I also like the in between color combo’s such as aqua, turquoise, lavender, grays, but stay away from reds and yellows. Brown is tricky as there are some very pretty ones, but a lot of them are downright awful and my family call those “fuzmuckelty”… not sure of the origin of that word, but it comes from the hills of West Virginia.

  16. chelsea1
    May 16, 2010 at 10:06 am (10 years ago)

    My favorite color combos include brown, it is a softer contrasting color than black. I love blue and brown, pink and brown, green and brown…..

  17. Cheryl
    May 17, 2010 at 4:43 am (10 years ago)

    For me color really depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s blue, or brown, and another day will be bright red, or pale yellow. But Magenta, Purple, and Green will always get my attentions. Purple I use the most, in clothing, quilt fabric, and embroidery thread, next comes green. Magenta is more of a hot accent to the purple and green.

  18. My World's a Stage
    May 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm (10 years ago)

    I love deep blood red with gold. I love it so much, I tend to overuse the combination and have to convince myself to use other color combos even if my design cries out for blood red and gold!

  19. Manuela
    May 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm (10 years ago)

    I like mauve and brown together.

  20. Sara
    May 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm (10 years ago)

    I love black and purple, but with summer coming I’ve been doing a lot of hot pink and lime green together, too! =)

  21. Kyra
    May 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm (10 years ago)

    Shimmering copper rose

  22. Misanthropic in Marion
    May 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm (10 years ago)

    Aqua and Lime green all the way. Lately I’m been wanting to add punches of tangerine too.

  23. GirlyGirlBags
    May 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm (10 years ago)

    I love pink/blue with chocolate brown and pink and green!

  24. Betsy
    May 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm (10 years ago)

    I have always been a nut for green, and right now I am seeing my grape leaves unfold with the most luscious shade of dusty purple/rose and it sets off the green beautifully!

  25. Molly
    May 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite colors are green, brown and cream. I love to mix in reds and oranges, too.

  26. Yvonne
    May 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm (10 years ago)

    I love all earth tones found in nature…how can you beat what Mother Nature has decorated with!! Especially like to decorate with chocolate brown and citrus green–awesome combo, add some splashes of red for extra punch. These are happy and soothing colors.

  27. AdronsCatherine
    May 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm (10 years ago)

    I love cream, brown, and pink together :o) Of course, there are so many other combos I adore, but that would be today’s fave lol!

  28. JanetteB
    May 18, 2010 at 3:27 am (10 years ago)

    What a lovely selection of colors together. Now to peruse the rest of the blog!!

  29. rsdavid
    May 18, 2010 at 11:28 am (10 years ago)

    For the last few months, my favorite colors have been coral and cream… that mouth-watering “watermelon” shade of coral that is nearly pink. I even bought shoes this color (and I don’t usually own any other than your basic black/brown/beige shoes).

  30. Karen
    May 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm (10 years ago)

    I have to confess that my favorite colors seem to change often. I love black and white with an accent, like red or hot pink, but just love lime green too.


  31. bev153
    May 20, 2010 at 12:51 am (10 years ago)

    Any colors that remind me of summer.The blues and greens of water, the tan & white of sand on a beach the yellows and reds of a sun set over the water.I guess i just LOVE Summer Color

  32. Barbara Johnson
    May 20, 2010 at 2:18 am (10 years ago)

    Before machine embroidery if you asked me that question I would have said blue..flat out! Now..only after watching designs stitch out and see the amazing use of color for accent and emphasis, my color world has been opened wide. I have always loved the glitz of metallics. But now it seems the current set of colors I am working with are my favorite, whatever they may be. Thank goodness we have so many to choose from to meet our moods!

  33. Rhonda Gillette
    May 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm (10 years ago)

    I love purples with orange. The colors just pop. But I also loves teal blues, turq. blues, with purples together. To be frank, I LOVE COLOR. LOL I’d love to win a years subscrition to the magazine as it doesn’t look like I willl be able to afford it for awhile yet. Hopefully sometime soon as I just love the magazine. Use to have it a couple years ago and sure miss getting it. Thanks, Rhonda

  34. Joyce Carey
    June 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm (10 years ago)

    As an artist (oils & watercolor), I’m so aware now of color in my daily life: in business materials, men’s ties, little girl’s dresses, and my favorites tend to change over time. But my all-time favorites that keep coming back into my wardrobe, and my decorating of everything are deep indigo and turquoise (the color of the ocean & sky in the Caribbean). These two colors are so clean and crisp and fresh and can really pop with accents of peach, clear/soft pink, tangerine and lime green. A crisp white or a soft ivory can also change the mood and the look of the navy and turquoise, and toss in a chocolate brown and it makes a totally new look. I love to wander in fabric stores just to brighten my mood and refresh my soul.

  35. Lois
    June 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm (10 years ago)

    I received the magazine for Mother’s Day and am really
    anxious to read my first copy. There are so many exciting
    projects to contemplate making.

  36. Miss Mena
    June 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm (10 years ago)

    Well in my opinion black and white can be used in any color combination but my all-time favorite color combo is Blue, Pink, and purple (boy, am I a girl!) Purple is my favorite and anytime the other two colors are together with it, I can’t help but smile and think of fairies and their magical nature. My wedding dress was black and the underskirt was these colors (in brights and pastels). If I ever have a baby girl, I want her room to be these colors in pastels. Who knows, maybe she will want them in jewel tones in her room, when she gets older. They are just really content happy colors together.

  37. Katherine
    June 20, 2010 at 9:24 pm (10 years ago)

    I love black and white it is so classic, another favorite in my family for my girls are pink and brown and turquoise and brown, Their Aunt made them quilts in their special colors

  38. Rita Hanigan
    June 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite color combination is teal and turquoise. A close second are the jewel tones. They seem to pop when used on most projects.

  39. La Moore
    July 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm (10 years ago)

    My favorite color combo for the longest time has been brown and lime green. No matter how many times I re-create my living room these colors seem to always fit. I work in an antique mall while running a small embroidery business at home and even the new stipple pillows in these colors seem to fit in with my newest love of vintage Asian Art. Thank you for all your support and constant great ideas your magazine brings to my door.

    Lauri Moore

  40. Deb Fischer
    July 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Never having been a fan of pink, I was shocked when I took a bunch of fabric scraps from a friend and made a “cake” wall hanging using pinks and throwing in some celery green. It sounded awful to me but looks absolutely fabulous. I have now upgraded to a Baby Lock Elisimo and can’t wait to do more!


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