COLOR VS VALUE
I have received a bunch of e-mails and comments about my stitchery coffee cups. I have often struggled with contrast and lots of you told me you have the same issue. It brought back a memory of a saying that another quilter told me once. I don't remember who it was and I don't think she invented it, but this is the saying:
"Value does all the work, but color gets the credit."
Lots of you also gave me suggestions about how to avoid the low contrast - can't see the difference problem. And it is all about value.
Other then using a design wall, one of the most popular suggestions was the use of a red tinted viewer. I checked around and the one that is the most commercially available is the Ruby Beholder. It was \made for value comparison.
It's made of plastic and That Patchwork Place markets and sells it. You can find it here:
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is sold by my publisher, so I thought I would ask them for 1 to give away.
Now this is what happened when I used this gadget with my blocks. The value of the threads in my original block was just too similar to the background fabric. In the Do-over block, the values are different enough that most of the thread shows up.
I'd like to share this tool. You'll have fun with it. It will minimize those value mistakes. Become a follower, if you are not one already, and leave a comment letting me know either your solution to value or how you would use the Ruby Beholder. I'll pick a winner on Monday, July 16th.
(Make sure there is an e-mail address in your comment and you are not no-reply blogger.)
And if you missed the free pattern for the coffee cup, click HERE.