What's with the color 'purple'?7:30:00 AM
So, I'm going to preface this post with this:
...this is not a rant, per se, but an observation I've made and been quite hypersensitive to as I try to work more on 'rainbow' type projects... bear with me... feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to hear them...Okay.
|image courtesy of Sweet & Lovely Life|
Purples are pretty colors, no? I mean, I don't personally use a lot of them in my quilts, but I've been trying to expand and step out of my comfort zone with respect to palettes, and I really have found that I like purple.
I never really gave the color much thought before; I'll be honest. It was never on my radar.
But then I started working with a lot more solids in my quilts (primarily, I'd say) and as I did, and started to play more with colors, shades and hues, I began to realize something.
The world of solid fabrics is seriously lacking in the purples department.
|image courtesy of Caldwell Carpets|
Robert Kaufman's line of Kona brand solids had, up until their new launch of their 32 new colors, only 14 distinguishable purples* - i.e. - those that couldn't be mistaken for another color (you know, the ones you look at and think "is that purple, or pink/burgundy/blue?", etc.)
As a comparison, the same line has 35 distinguishable blues.
|image courtesy of Fashion Telegraph|
But then I got to looking at my scrap bins.
My purple bin is nearly empty. It makes it tough when I'm making a scrappy something-or-other, and it just shouts out for a bit of regal-ness.
And then I look at my stash piles of purple prints. Another sad state of affairs.
So what is it about the color purple? It seems to be a pretty versatile color, since its hues range from on the red-side to on the blue-side. You'd think it'd be an easy-ish color to incorporate in a quilt.
I just wonder if:
- I'm just not attracted to lines of fabrics which have purple prints in them
- Purple is just not a popular color for designers to incorporate into their fabric lines
- Purple isn't an attractive enough color to use as quilters/sewists.
What do you all think? Am I out to lunch here? Or is purple getting the short end of the stick?
*Footnote: this obviously, is open to interpretation. What you might call blue, I might call purple. I tried to be as critical as possible when determining these numbers.