Color Clues, or Why Four Blue Sweaters Isn’t Enough

“Anoth­er blue sweater? You have four of those. Why not get some­thing dif­fer­ent for a change?”

“No, I have navy, corn­flower, Williams­burg, and baby blue sweaters. This one is roy­al blue. That’s total­ly different!”

Okay, guys, I know that you thought women were mak­ing up some of the col­or names we use. Char­treuse? Why not say green? And garnet—that’s red, right? What’s this about plum, amethyst, grape, vio­let, mauve, and Fuschia all being dif­fer­ent? They’re all pur­ple, aren’t they?

No, real­ly, they aren’t. We don’t make them up just to vex you. They’re all very, very dif­fer­ent, which is why we would nev­er con­sid­er wear­ing brick red lip­stick with a cher­ry-red sweater. Ick!

Now there’s help for you. Free help, even!

The Col­or The­saurus can help you fig­ure out what all these words mean, right there! 1Well, it’ll show you a lot of col­ors, any­way. Gar­net was­n’t in the data­base, but it only failed me that once. The site pro­vides the RGB val­ues for each col­or, as well as its oppo­site color.

Color Thesaurus

Sam is still out of luck much of the time, as are the part­ners of many long-time needle­work­ers, as the site does­n’t give equiv­a­lent DMC col­ors 2There is at least one admirable stitching/computer geek in the world who cre­at­ed a DMC/RGB chart.I sup­pose there aren’t that many peo­ple who rou­tine­ly say things like, “It’s the real­ly yel­low one, like DMC 726. That one is more like 744.” DMC has come to his res­cue, though, with that nifty util­i­ty on the bot­tom of the page for typ­ing in a col­or num­ber and get­ting a sam­ple right away.

DMC Color Tool

If DMC col­or ref­er­ences are com­mon in your house­hold, I’d sug­gest the acqui­si­tion of a cur­rent3The com­pa­ny pub­lish­es a new ver­sion every few years as they add new col­ors and types of thread.4 Col­or Card. The stitch­er in your life will be tick­led to have one, and you’ll have a handy-dandy col­or clue book!

Please note: While the fash­ion indus­try, in gen­er­al, gets car­ried away with fan­ci­ful col­or names, the cos­met­ics mar­keters assign “col­or” names that bear no rela­tion to col­ors as used any­where else in the known uni­verse. Don’t even both­er try­ing to fig­ure those out. We don’t know, either. “Spring” could be a pale pink lip­stick, a green eye­shad­ow, or a tri­col­or nail kit. Every make-up wear­er I know looks at the col­ors, not the names. 

Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
Posts created 4241

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top