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Foxgloves colourways

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One of the things I find hardest to do when designing a fabric line of prints is to limit my colour palette.  I always want to use about 9999 more colours than are really needed.  I guess you could say I'm distracted by colour.  When I handed my designs for Foxglove in to Cloud 9, I worked with Michelle, the design director to really tighten up the palette.  Michelle is amazing at editing things down to the crucial components and worked wonders, editing things down to just 8 colours.  The Foxgloves print is the lead print of the group and each of the two colourways use an almost identical palette, you can see this indicated in the thread spools below each print.  Even though the colour line up is so similar, the prints look very different.  This helps the prints in the line both co-ordiante and contrast together at the same time.  It sounds easy when I'm typing it all out here but in practice this is nowhere near as simple as it sounds!

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Today's Foxglove showcase maker is Michelle of Chelles Quilts.  The picture above shows the first block for her project, catch up with what Michelle has been making over on her blog.

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