This morning Pantone announced its color of the year for 2024 and we're intrigued. Fellow weavers, meet Peach Fuzz.
"PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It's a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul." (See Resources)
From Pantone's announcement post by Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute: "Visually arresting and inviting, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a nurturing peach tone that inspires us to instinctively want to reach out and touch."
Ms. Pressman is basically describing the weaver's handshake, when two weavers upon meeting will reach out to touch each other's scarf or shawl as a form of greeting. It's part of our DNA, and the warmth and coziness of Peach Fuzz adds yet another reason to reach out and connect with each other.
You can look at Peach Fuzz in various ways: as a pastel, a warm neutral, and a timeless radiant hue in its own right. In short, Peach Fuzz is one of those colors that plays well with others. Many designers have used it effectively in Handwoven projects over the years. Here we've gathered just a few of them. Add a touch of Peach Fuzz, or go all in. Either way, we think this warm, inviting color was a great choice for the 2024 color of the year!
Bronson Table Mats by Laura Fry. Photo by George Boe
Weave Laura Fry's peachy Bronson Table Mats to learn about different ways to treadle Bronson lace and how using two similar hues in warp and weft can create shifts in color from front to back. Use them alone or as a set that works like a runner. From Handwoven November/December 2018.
Wrap Me in Houndstooth by Carla Jeanne Hubbart
The luxurious Wrap Me in Houndstooth wrap uses a silk-wool blend, balancing peach, gold, natural, and coral against darker blues and purples. This gorgeous houndstooth plaid can be woven on a rigid-heddle or multi-shaft loom. From Handwoven May/June 2021.
Solano Plaid Poncho by Robin Lynde
Robin Lynde designed this Solano Plaid Poncho based on one of her favorites from her high school years. She didn't say whether that older one had peach in it, but isn't it pretty in this version? From Handwoven September/October 2021.
Leftover Dish Towels by Susan J. Foulkes
These Leftover Dish Towels will challenge you to creatively use up those partial cones of cotton and cottolin in your stash and provide the perfect canvas for adding pops of Peach Fuzz. From Handwoven January/February 2022.
Interplay Scarf by Lynn Novotnak
One of the pleasures of weaving deflected doubleweave is seeing the magic of how the threads deflect during wet-finishing. The wool and wool blends in this Interplay Scarf give a pleasing result, and a peachy yarn provides a softness that tempers some of the bolder colors. From Handwoven January/February 2023.
Nursery Windows by Tracy Kaestner
Windowpanes and color are great ways to break up an allover pattern. Tracy combined a variety of pastels that included peach in her delightful Nursery Windows baby blanket. From Handwoven March/April 2023.
Vintage Style Table Runner by Diane Crowder
Diane's Vintage Style Table Runner is an example of using peach to add dimension to a design by pairing it with a brighter orange. From Handwoven March/April 2021.
- 2023, December. Pantone Color of the Year 2024/ Introduction. Pantone.
- Project photos by Matt Graves unless otherwise noted