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Did you know that there is a Pantone-designated color for every year? It’s true! And we are lucky enough to have not one, but two Pantone Colors for 2021! (My guess is that the folks at Pantone felt like we’d suffered enough in 2020 and we deserved double the fun for 2021. However, that’s just a guess…)

In today’s episode of A Handwoven Experience, I am revealing the 2021 colors and giving you a few ideas for what to do with them. Check it out right here –

Show Notes –

Pantone – When Pantone describes the colors of 2021, they call them,  “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” How fabulous is that? Yes, please! It sounds like exactly what we need for this year. Sign me up! If you’ve never gone snooping around the Pantone website, it is very cool. This link will take you right to it!

Color Forecasting – If you are thinking, “What is this woo-woo thing called color forecasting?” No worries! I’ve got you covered. Here is a fascinating article explaining what it is and why it is important. And after you read this, you’ll see how really amazingly important it is!

Sidebar –

The Relationships of Color – I took a Color & Design class at Indiana University WAY back in the day and my professor, William Itter, had us do a series of color studies. In each study we would select a single theme color which would then be paired with two drastically different partners, changing our perception of the primary color.

I quickly learned that color is all about relationships – who’s sitting next to who & how they effect each other. There’s magic in the way various colors play off one other while our eyes read the pair together instead of separately. A teal might look very green next to a blue, but very blue next to a green.

Because of the nature of the beast, weavers deal with this all the time. We morph into color ninjas just by trying various combinations in our warp and weft on a daily basis. If you aren’t feeling as confident about your color ninja status, I encourage you to keep trying! I can honestly say that there isn’t a “bad” color combination. It is much more about being able to create in real life the effect you envision in your head. And that just takes practice. You can do it!

Now, your turn!

What would you pair with Illuminating and Ultimate Gray – the Pantone Colors for 2021? I can’t wait to hear your ideas! Happy Weaving, my friend!!

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