Sites worth exploring: Kuler

I got totally side tracked this morning playing with colour. 

Adobe has a free web based colour tool called Kuler.

You can use it to create colour schemes, share them if you choose and store them if you want. 

You can use a colour wheel to create colour schemes. In this case  I have used a compound scheme. 

The other way to find colour schemes is from a photograph. You can upload an image as I did, or you can use flickr photos.

There is a community areas and you can browse the  colour themes they have shared for inspiration. Kuler is well worth exploring as I think many readers will find it useful and fun.  

Adobe has also produced this informative video tutorial about Kuler


Thanks for the reminder about this tool goes to Liz of Y-Knot Blog 

Di van Niekerk’s New Silk Ribbon Embroidery Video

Di van Niekerk has produced a new video of how to work a Spiderweb Rose with a French Knot center. I am sure readers will enjoy this. Silk Ribbon Embroidery is wonderfully simple yet has spectacular results. If you are curious about this form of needlework visit Di van Niekerk’s website for some spectacular examples 


Sites worth exploring: Di van Niekerk

Teacher and  author Di van Niekerk is a master hand of many embroidery styles is not only producing video tutorials (such as those below) but on her site you can find free projects.

Do explore Di van Niekerk‘s site as if you are interested in either stumpwork or silk ribbon embroidery, I think you will enjoy her work. 

In this movie Di van Niekerk demonstrates how to make a free standing leaf from silk ribbon

Sites worth exploring: The Visual Dictionary

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Anyone who enjoys quirky signs and signage will enjoy this site.

The Visual Dictionary is described as

…”a collection of words in the real world. Photographs of signage, graffiti, advertising, tattoos, you name it, we’re trying to catalogue it.”

With over seven and half thousand images they have got a long way towards their goal. So make a cuppa and browse the site as I think you will enjoy The Visual Dictionary.

Sites worth bookmarking: Hoop love

If you enjoy vintage embroidery or collect vintage embroidery transfers this site is worth bookmarking and browsing regularly.

Hoop love is a  flickr group devoted to sharing vintage embroidery transfers that are out of copyright. There are thousands  of designs that have been posted to the group. If you are as stitcher and don’t have it bookmarked, take a look I think you will agree that perhaps you should favourite it.