Inspiration for an antique black background

What color is antique black?

My antique black is many colors. Sometimes antique black is splotchy.

Sometimes it is dappled colored.

It can be streaky.

Antique black need never be dull. It can be full of subdued color and textures.

I like to look to my vintage textiles for ideas. I love all of the deep hues in this tattered quilt. You can use all of these colors in an antique black background.

Be painterly with your backgrounds, thinking of them as shadows or out of focus elements. Antique black is a fun background color to hook, because it is easy to find dark colors of wool. Some people like to blend their dark colors in a dye pot first and then hook with them, but instead you can let your eye blend them by hooking them next to each other.

Backgrounds are never boring then you hook with many color choices. If you are worried about your background being too busy, make more conservative choices at first such as brown, grey, navy, deep olive, maroon, eggplant. Then throw into the mix more daring colors such as steel blue-gray, deep dusty lavender, dark mustard, deep green, reddish-brown, or a dark texture with more colors in it.

Antique black is my favorite background to hook because I find it to be very relaxing, forgiving, and dynamic.

Enjoy ~ Karen

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23 thoughts on “Inspiration for an antique black background

  1. Wow, did I learn a lot from this blog. Thank you Karen for your information. I almost felt a rebirth for my backgrounds after reading this. I can’t wait to get to the next background to try the things going on in my head. Thanks again for all you do for us. Gloria

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  2. Wonderful post,,thank you for sharing your insights to antique black and backgrounds, I’ve a whole new perspective. Enjoy your day!..Ronda

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  3. I LOVE to hook backgrounds. I like to see just how interesting I can make them. I think I’m bordering on enjoying backgrounds more than motifs. Call me crazy…………….

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  4. Thank you for all the time you put into your posts, it is all so informative and I really do enjoy each time I open your post. Ginny

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  5. Loved this blog!!! I enjoy seeing your hooked creations up close. You also gave me food for thought about my backgrounds!!! Thanks so much!

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  6. Yes, my friend ~ I have learned a lot about backgrounds from you in the two classes in Tipp City! It makes a background so much more interesting and there’s more depth of color when you’re blending lots of subtle colors to get the end result! You’re a wealth of information ~ yes, you are!!!!

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  7. KAREN LOVED YOUR BLOG PICTURES THIS AM I JUST GOT IN ON YOUR BLACJK BACKGROUND PICTURES YOU ARE SOME INSPIRATION TO ME LOVE ALL THAT YOU DO YOUR IDEAS WAITING FOR FREE SEEWEED PATTERN AND LOVE ALL YOUR COLORS SO FAR. I JUST DON,T HAVE A PRINTER. BEST HOPE YOU GET THIS FROM MY OLD APPLE LAPTOP. LINDA

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