Color Guide

Color Theory Basics

Color Theory is a complex multitude of definitions, concepts and design applications. All of this information would easily fill an encyclopedia. This section is designed to give basic understanding of the overall concept and application within embroidery. A color wheel (also referred to as a color circle) is a visual representation of colors arranged according to their chromatic relationship. The first color wheel was an invention of Sir Isaac Newton in 1706.

Color Wheel
Begin a color wheel by positioning primary hues equidistant from one another, then create a bridge between primaries using secondary and tertiary colors.

Primary Colors
Colors at their basic essence; those colors that cannot be created by mixing others.

Secondary Colors
Those colors achieved by a mixture of two primaries.

Tertiary Colors
Those colors achieved by a mixture of primary and secondary hues.