Thursday, February 28, 2013

Crayon Box Colors

When I worked at the quilt shop,
it was always a challenge to interpret what
color a customer was looking for when they asked for
a "crayon box color".

A "crayon box color" is a  color word,
Hunter Green
Desert Sand
Sunset Orange

Based on experiences or the ready 
availability of a crayon box, we each
could have a different interpretation  of 
what that lovely color looks like.

  Last week as I making some progress on 
my February wool transition project,
or my 11 Progress Process Plan
 I remembered another reason why
I had quietly set this project aside.

The pattern listed the required wool with color names.
I had gotten frustrated looking for the 
right colors to fit the names.

I needed:
spring green
meadow green
grass green
sage green
moss green
holly green

I could definitely see the  differences,
but those descriptions or words just got in my way.

I finally reminded myself to use my eyes instead.
I really needed
7 greens ranging from light to dark,
and from bright to muddy.

That helped me.

I also needed:
Christmas Red
and others

I really needed 8 reds that worked well together
and had enough difference that you could tell
one from the other.

I love the names of colors.
I love the images that it brings to mind.
 Wouldn't you love to have a job where you got to
name the color on paint chips or crayons:
Timber Wolf
Tickle Me Pink
Cedar Chest
Aqua Pearl

With this project
I just needed to use my eyes to 
select my colors and
not  get hung up on a those fun
descriptive words.
It worked better when I did.
Until Next Time-


  1. Your pattern and wools made my mouth water. And just when I think I have enough variety in my wool colors I see this and think I need to go back to the dye pots! : )
    I think I see your point, though. It is a challenge to know if you have the right colors and I your revised approach works well.

  2. Wow Kyle - I can totally understand how overwhelming it would be to find colored wool with all those crazy names - while they ARE descriptive - they are misleading too! Glad you figured out a solution - looks like your choices are going to work perfectly!

  3. I would like to have pieces of hand dyed wool in every color of every paint chip available. Wouldn't that be fun!

  4. Hooray for your easing the rules on color choices. Your wools are so yummy!

  5. That's going to be a lovely wall hanging! Great work on deciphering the colors.