I have loved my Kona color card for awhile. So pretty to see all the fabric possibilities lined up just waiting for you to buy them and make something beautiful.
Except there was one problem. The fabric swatches were glued down. So when you wanted to see how two colors played with each other, you had to try to finagle the cardboard to try to get them somewhat in the same vicinity while not bending the heck out the card.
I don’t think I need to tell you how well that worked.
So I cut it up.
It was a little scary making that first snip. But then it was almost liberating…is that weird? Take that color card!
But then how to store them? A quick google search gave me lots of ideas. A hole punch and a ring. A jewelry case separated by color. All good ideas but I wanted them to be easily accessible and visible. And moveable of course.
Then my time working in special education came to the rescue…velcro strips.
If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, we use velcro strips a lot. For reinforcement systems to communication modalities to sensory issues, velcro is where it is at. I have spent many many hours putting velcro on the back of pennies. So this is the most unoriginal idea ever.
So I bought strips of velcro and cut the soft side into small pieces. And them stuck them on the back of each and every little square. Which takes a very long time. There are 243 of those babies.
Then I stuck the rough side velcro strips onto an old canvas I had laying around from another previously abandoned project.
The best part? You can take them off and move them anywhere. Or rearrange them in any way. Or just look at al the color possibilities.
So when I am trying to match solids to colors in patterned fabric, I just swipe them from the strip.
Or when I want to see certain colors together…just pull them off and move them around. And return them back to the strip later of course. Can’t lose any of the colors in the mess I call a craft room.
I added a couple of velcro strips around the craft room so I can stick them anywhere. Like over the sewing machine…
Or even on the bottom of the canvas-
I am not sure why I did not think of this earlier. Or why it makes me so happy. Maybe I should have pinned up the color card for display a long time ago. Or done some self-reflection about why little pieces of fabric stuck to a canvas make me smile.
Anyways all I know is I love how it has functioned so far. And I love looking at the colors while I am busy cutting. Even if it does make me weird.