In order to simplify the process of choosing fabrics by value, I have developed the Art Quilters Value Card. This laminated card makes it easy to match a value in your photo to a value in your fabric.
The laminated Art Quilter’s Value Scale card is an easy way to find the right fabric for each section in your art quilt. Some quilters use a red viewer (ruby beholder) to identify value–that piece of red plastic through which you view your fabrics to see their relative lightness/darkness to each other. The red viewer is great, to a point. But doesn’t work on reds, pinks or yellows–for that you need a green viewer. But more importantly, it only tells you how the fabrics you have relate to each other from light to dark, it doesn’t tell you which is the right value and how to translate that in fabric.
The Art Quilters Value Scale Card has twelve gradations from white to black through several shades of gray.
How to use the card:
- Using the side of the card with the small squares, slide the edge along the part of your photo or pattern you wish to identify.
- Where the gray value looks about the same as the value you wish to match (regardless of the color) make a note of that number directly on your printed pattern.
- Go to your available fabrics in the color you want and using the larger squares, slide along until you find the fabric that is the correct value number.
If you have purchased Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook there is an art quilter’s value scale card printed in the back of the book which you can cut out and use. However, if you would like a laminated card, please order it through my Square shop.
For bulk purchase, please contact me at Leni@leniwiener.com for more information.