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When I learned that the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery, several questions came to mind. The first and foremost was, "How will this color work for cross stitch?" And what about the five Ws: who, what, when, where and why?

Who decides the color of the year? Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, makes the final decision after her staff collects information from around the world about colors that seem to be trending. She also considers the emotions and symbolism associated with the trending color.

What is Greenery according to Pantone? Colors are created by combining the primary colors of blue, red and yellow plus black, or in CMYK: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. If you want to achieve the color on your computer, the coordinates are cyan 51, magenta 9, yellow 88 and black 0. The color is described on the Pantone website as "a fresh and zesty yellow-green that evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew."

When is the color of the year announced? Pantone tells the media in December of the previous year, but the Pantone Color Institute provides color-trending information to the fashion and design industries much earlier.

Where is Greenery likely to be found? The obvious place is nature, but you might see it growing in fashion and interior design.

Why is Pantone's color of the year important? When Pantone selects the color of the year, it is acknowledging a trend that is already under way. It is an interesting bit of trivia, and it can help you understand why green might show up in fashions, fonts or other types of design. If you want to stay ahead of the trends, you will probably not want to redecorate your house in green, since the 2018 color of the year will undoubtedly be a different color.

Back to my first question: How will Greenery work for cross stitch? Although I didn't know that this shade would be the color of the year for 2017, I suggested to our designers that green would be one of the dominant colors in the April issue of Just CrossStitch. Because the issue comes out in March, green seemed to be a natural choice for St. Patrick's Day designs.

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Because I had suggested green, Isabella Abbiati chose green linen for the background fabric of her unicorn design, Believe in Dreams.

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Liz Almond also got on board with her Lavender Cantara, which includes green accents.

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Knowing that Greenery is the color chosen by Pantone for 2017, I will be on the lookout for more "fresh and zesty yellow-green" in months to come.

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