Pantone’s Color of 2015 and Remembering our Bead Blocks

Posted by on December 5, 2014 in block lotto community | 4 comments

Remember the great color palette, suggested by Debbie, that we used for our Bead-on-a-String blocks in February and just how hard it was to find fabrics in that brownish-red color?


(If you weren’t around then, you can see photos of the blocks made by sneak seekers in my Flickr album: Bead-on-a-String Virtual Blocks

I think it’s going to become easier to find those earthy reds soon … I just saw Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015.  They call it Marsala.

What do you think? It’s not a color I can wear easily, I don’t see it fitting into the decor of my house, but I loved it in combination with the yellows, golds and oranges in our bead blocks at the beginning of the year.

And I think, thanks to Debbie, the Block Lotto was ahead of this color trend 🙂

Should we try this again, perhaps in one of the other combinations suggested on the Pantone site? You can see the complete Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2015 here.

I always find it interesting to see how these chosen colors start turning up, not only in Fashion, but in places like advertising and website design.



  1. Hi Sophie. was that colour called Maroon?…I remember asking different fabric shop staff here in Ontario for examples of that colour and each person showed me a different colour LOL. I saw it on an Acryilic craft paint bottle at my sisters and it was different yet again again…but, closer to this colour you are showing us todaye I have no problem with working with this colour again, I would hate to be considered Maroon colour challenged. ( One girl even told me Maroons were light coloured cookies so the fabric was probably quite light) snort!

  2. I don’t like the color! Too much brown in it for my tastes and I really can’t see it taking off in popularity! We shall see.

  3. Someone whose blog I follow (but I cannot remember who) put it in the mauve family and included it in the dulled down Japanese fabrics that are so popular and I can kind of see it that way, too.

  4. I think it looks great in the fabric line up you shared Sophie, the paint is a tad off the fabric hue on my monitor…it looks like very old ‘wet’ bricks ( like a lot of houses built here in the late 1800’s were made of) it is earthy.

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