Wednesday, November 11, 2009

CQ A to Z Color-Study Lesson

Supplies - Color Wheel

Because a color wheel will be a large part of our color lessons, I’ve been doing a lot of searching in the hopes of finding one that will fit all of our needs. Well……I’ve discovered that none are perfect, but there are some that will work pretty well.

The first is an “Interior Design Color Wheel,” which I like because of its fairly open design (not as much cardboard between you and the colors), and because the colors shown are more appealing and realistic than most. I also like the information that is included on the back side of the wheel, as it gives helpful information about making painting and fabric color choices in your home. And, crazy quilts are certainly something we like to live with!

“Interior Design Color Wheel” 8.5” x 11”
Available from The Color Wheel Company, $9 (which includes shipping in USA.) Contact them for international shipping. (See tiny below.) I think this will be the most useful for our color lesson; however, please do not feel that you HAVE to have it, we can do nicely with the small color wheel available from your local craft store. Also, the printable color wheel at the bottom of the page will work very well for our purposes.

The second color wheel is about 5” across, and can be purchased at your local JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and most other craft stores. It is a good, compact version of the most popular color wheels, and can be used for our color lessons. (You can always get the Interior Design Color Wheel later.)

This color wheel can be ordered in Spanish, French, and Portuguese from The Color Wheel Co. It is $4.50, which includes shipping in the USA. Contact them for international shipping.

The following is a great color tool/toy from quilt teacher and author Joen Wolfrom!!

3-in-1 Color Tool by C&T Publishing (optional, but handy)
This is a great tool for those interested in having lots of pretty color choices, along with a little more specific info. The tool is approximately 2.5”x 8”, and includes a set of 24 color cards, a set of two value (lightness or darkness) finders (one red and one green), color schemes are shown on the back of each card, and it comes with an 8” ruler.
Available from for $16.45 ($3.90 shipping in USA) Contact them for international shipping. Dharma has 27 of these in stock as of 11/11/09.


No matter what color wheel you decide to get, please print this one for our lesson. You can slide it into one of the clear/transparent 3-hole plastic sheet protectors, and it can be kept in a 3-ring binder, if desired.

Okay, the next you hear from me, we’ll be starting our color lessons!!!

Carolyn Phillips


  1. My favorite kind of study,,color...I have been making a colorwheel with my handdyes. I have a little bit having it completed, will post a pic as soon as it's done. I am so excited about these lessons!

  2. Cool! I tackle color knowledge, so I am looking forward to learning something new! Thank you Dec!

  3. I'm so glad you'll both be in the color study lesson.

    I'm really looking forward to getting them started, too!!!


  4. Do we have an eta on when this will start?

  5. Hi Dakotah:

    The lessons will start in January, right after the holidays!!! Yay!!


  6. looking forward to learning something new! Thank you