Pantone recently announced their 2014 fall colors. Needlepoint has a timeless quality, which means we mostly don’t think about fashionable colors as a part of our art.
Even so, there are ways we can incorporate these colors into our work.
First off if you are stitching wearable needlepoint – why not use some of these colors?
On a geometric piece, why not pick several of these as the colors for it?
If you can’t decide on a metallic for your next piece, look for metallic versions of aluminum (medium dull silver), cognac (brownish copper), or misted yellow (old gold)?
But perhaps the easiest thing to do is to tweak the colors of pieces you are planning to use threads in these colors? For example, if you need a red, why not move it a bit away from the primary to the slightly orange Aurora Red, or make it darker by using wine-colored Sangria? For blues kick it up a notch by using either Royal Blue or Bright Cobalt?
The color everyone is talking about these days is Radiant Orchid, the color of the year. In this palette it also appears in a lighter version, Mauve Mist. Both are red-violets and are light/ Radiant Orchid is a very vivid color and you could use it in many ways: to replace pinks, with other bright colors, or as a ‘poison’ color to give a bright accent.
While these ideas don’t change the timeless quality of our needlepoint, they do give it a more contemporary feel.