Fabric inspirations, software samples

Carol Simmons shares a kaleidoscope software program that she uses to sample colors and try out designs. (Kaleider is for PCs only and offers a free trial.) Carol rotates and recombines student Nettonya Ryane’s polymer slice for amazing effect.

These colors are taken from Nettonya’s favorite fabric. Carol talks about the value of looking at fabrics for color inspiration. Many of us don’t sew and feel guilty about collecting fabrics for the simple pleasure of looking at them. No more guilt.

Carol swears she’ll work only in earthtones in Colorado. Maybe she’s cleansing her palette! Pictures from Colorado as soon as the network is more stable (apparently our group crashed it).

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  • reply Christine Damm ,

    Gee, if you don’t look at textiles for your inspiration, where DO you look? I was a textile artist before I discovered polymer, so this seems normal to me. And as we fabric mavens say, “She who dies with the most fabric wins”. Lately I’m into aboriginal pattern fabrics– the colors aren’t the only thing worthy of inspiration, the patterns are fabulous too. Thanks for the post, Cynthia!

    • reply Dede Leupold ,

      How fun! Thanks for sharing Whizical with us Carol and Cynthia. Think I will go find my stash of fabrics. Hello to everyone! See any moose yet?

      • reply Denise Spillane ,

        Love love love these. I am taking a class in January Yeah.

        • reply Sandra Davis ,

          Nice work and the colors are fabulous.

          • reply Mags Bonham ,

            Love this colorway! Thanks for working so hard to keep us all included on the fun and wonderful stuff you are doing in the mountains!

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