You've been picking through the mess of threads for a while now and just can't seem to find colors that work together. You think you've finally found a few that you could use for one of the patterns in the book, but you're still not quite sure if they look right.
"Hmm. Maybe a lighter shade of blue would work well with that." You jump, startled at the sudden voice behind you. Someone must have seen the look of concentration on your face and decided you could use a hand.
You turn to find a young woman smiling broadly. "Sorry, I didn't mean to startle. I was just trying to figure out who got stuck finally sorting out this mess of thread."
Glancing over at the one who had put you to work, you shrug. "Ah, you're new here then. That's cool too. Though... maybe I can help."
Before you can say anything, she's started walking off, motioning you to follow. You hesitate briefly, but decide to follow her. Soon finding yourself in a large library covered wall to ceiling in all sorts of books. Other guild members coming and going, searching the shelves, or sitting at one of the many tables already face first in a book.
You watch as she glances this way and that as if considering which way to go, then motions towards a shelf along the back wall.
Reading the spines on the shelf you find that most of the books on the wall are art books. This particular section being entirely about color theory. She pulls a couple of books down and hands them to you.
"That big one is pretty useful for figuring out which colors complement each other. The smaller one just has a bunch of examples of color palettes to help you get inspired. Shouldn't take long to find something that fits your pattern, I'd think. Just leave the books on the table when you're done. Someone will put them away."
You smile at her, express your appreciation, and sit down to get to work.
It's time to think outside of an existing pattern! Just choosing some colors that look nice together is a great first step towards designing your own. Or re-designing someone else's!
Your quest is simply to take a picture of 5-10 thread colors you think go well together.
These could chosen at 'random' from your stash, or could be based on a photo you like. You could even base it off an item you own.
Maybe you have a shirt or something with a cool colorful pattern and can find similar colors in thread. Whatever inspires you!
This may help you or others come up with ideas for color schemes to use for the Color Swap quest if anyone still hasn't picked theirs!
If you know of other good resources, share them in #quest-chat!
wildolive's "Choosing Colors"
Lifehacker - Basics of Color Theory
Design Seeds - Color swatches inspired by photos
Colour Lovers - More color pallettes to inspire you!
Pinterest - Cross Stitch Color Palettes
All done? Head over to the Discord and find the #quest-turn-in channel and make a single post with a photo of your chosen thread. For easy reference by others, make sure your color numbers are visible in the photo, or that you include them in your post. (or both!)
Please don't chat or discuss the entries in this channel. We don't want anyone's work to get buried in chatter.
You can 'react' to the other photos as a show of encouragement. Or complement and discuss others' color palettes in the #quest-chat channel.
Here we have all the players who have completed this quest!
Check the actual player pages for the color numbers if provided.