29 December, 2009


Congratulations to JDWolfe...this month's winner of a free piece of jewelry from ChipmunkHollow.

27 December, 2009

Favorite Color Combinations

Each month the Etsy Bloggers participate in an Etsy Carnival Blog.  One of the questions posed this month is ...What are your favorite color combinations?  What do you create using those colors?

About 10-12 years ago I drove to Washington Island which is in Door County on the eastern side of Wisconsin to take a tapestry class at Sievers School of Fiber Arts.... a wonderful school for learning weaving,  quilting, furniture making and many other skills and crafts....http://www.sieversschool.com/

As we started to warp our looms for our tapestry project, the instructor began to lay out all different colors and textures of yarns in skeins, balls, etc. in no particular order on a large table.

Once our looms were warped and ready to go he told us to go up to the table and pick our very least favorite color.  That was an easy one for me as the color chartreuse had always been my least favorite color.  Chartreuse is 50% green and 50% yellow.  It is halfway between yellow and green.  It is one of the teriary colors of the HSV color wheel. 

Our instructor then informed us that we were to use this color in our tapestry project along with whatever other colors we wished to use. It was a wonderful lesson for me.  The chartreuse color was brighter and bolder then any other colors that I chose and it was the one color that brought my tapestry to life.

To this day it is a color which I wear and have incorporated many times into my weavings and also into my jewelry designs.

As for other favorite color combinations, I often use a color wheel.  It is a wonderful tool for discovering colors which complement each other and blend well together. 

Featured Etsy Artist - Calkat the Jewelry Junkie

                 This month's EtsyBloggers Featured Artist is Calkat the Jewelry Junkie.

This shop carries beautiful one of a kind pieces of  jewelry.

This necklace is made with citrine and freshwater pearls.

This is a bisque bead that has been layered over many days in pure (99.95) silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and then embellished with 24K gold (PMC) stripe, fired and polished to a shine.  What a great focal point bead this would be!

This zodiac pendant has been crafted from the purist silver (99.9%) and signed on the back.
Please be sure and visit http://www.calkat.etsy.com/

to see her blog.