One of my favourite parts of the creative process is gathering my colours together. Whether it is fabric, paint or threads, I take a long time comparing colour combinations and discarding what doesn’t appeal. In this I trust my eye, to tell me what doesn’t look right. One tip that I have relied on for many years, is a word that renowned quiltmaker Jinny Beyer uses, the Zinger. It is that contrasting colour from the other side of the colour wheel that makes an embroidery, painting, collage or quilt sing. It is the colour that immediately draws the eye, and encourages the viewer to further explore the artwork.