Fetching Vetch Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-062-A

Fetching Vetch Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Vetch
2-A: Fetching

3-A: Coastal Breeze
4A: Pastoral

This lovely photo of some Vetch blossoms among the grasses, was taken by Doug just as the sun was beginning to set.  It was on top of a large sand dune overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean. We were at Shipwreck Beach in Seaside, Oregon during our first PcT RoadTrip (last year, Summer 2012).

You’ve seen several pictures, videos and color recipes already, that were inspired by that first PcT Roadtrip through Washington and Oregon. But this is what the trip looked like from up close.

The picture reminds me of the peace and tranquility that floated in the air along the Oregon shoreline, on that particular day. This close up photo captures the simplicity of the soft, pretty colors and shapes of the small vetch flowers.

Vetch is a wild flower in the legume family. It looks much like a tiny Sweet Pea. Often it is considered a weed… something that gets yanked from the gardens of ‘real flower’s.

But to me… like most wild flowers really… (except for the wretched Morning Glories and Buttercups that choke out my garden)… Vetch is a darling and beautiful flower that deserves to have the spotlight turned onto its face. May it shine in the warmth and glory, even if only for a brief moment, as you kneel down close to get a better look.

Since we can all use some warmth and glory in our lives, I have decided to honor this sweet little flower, with its own set of polymer clay color recipes… just for itself!

I hope you enjoy this fun Summer 2013 color palette for the Vol-062-A recipe series!

Fetching Vetch Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

The following Vol-062 A-series Fetching Vetch color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of July 2013:

  • Vetch (Recipe 062-1A)
  • Fetching (Recipe 062-2A)
  • Coastal Breeze (Recipe 062-3A)
  • Pastoral (Recipe 062-4A)


Vetch is a soft blue lavender found on the petal of the Vetch Flower. Fetching is the name given to the muted fuchsia pink, that graces the center of the flower. Coastal Breeze is the dusted blue of the surrounding background that opens to the ocean. Pastoral is the softest gray green of the grasses, that peacefully accompany the tiny Vetch blossoms, as they sway and dance in the salty air.

You must be so thrilled your husband shares in your talent. The two of you must inspire each other and together comes such beauty. I am looking so forward to spending more time with you and my clay family in the new year. It is going to be a great year with breath taking colors, thanks to you and your hubby. ~Peggy-B

I love how you share these photos that give you your inspiration… like the one you shared of the Mighty Madrone tree. It is a gorgeous tree, can be a messy one, very much like the peppercorn tree of California. I live south of you in Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. ~Illaya-B

Thanks so much, Cindy, for all the hard work you do creating these palettes. And thanks for the beautiful and inspirational photo, Doug! ~Phaedrakat


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  1. pollyanna, 17 June, 2013

    Beautiful colors. Love all the colors you adapt for us. thanks!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 17 June, 2013

    Thanks Pollyanna. I really appreciate your support. By the lack of comments on this thread, I’m wondering if you and me are the only ones that like this palette…?? Or is it that everyone is getting all colored out?

    Let me know guys…

  3. Tantesherry, 18 June, 2013

    oh no – never
    I’m not sure if I enjoy your colors or your discriptions more
    But I always find the beauty that you guys share with us inspiring

  4. Carol B, 17 June, 2013

    Sorry, I couldn’t quite figure out where to post this, but I just wanted to say that I have completed my very first attempt at an ART SHEET, and if you knew just how little artistic training and confidence I have, you’d understand how I feel about your fantastic tutorial — I used used a Penny Black stamp (4271L winter ledge) with scattered birds on bare limbs, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, ALL thanks to you!!!

  5. Cindy Lietz, 17 June, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful Carol… so proud of you! Thanks for sharing your photo. I absolutely love seeing pics of the projects everyone makes.

  6. Patt W, 18 June, 2013

    Oh, Cindy! I guess we take for granted all your and Doug’s work! Sorry more aren’t posting about your palettes……………..Such a giving and loving family ! I for one, would never leave you!!!!!!!! I love your palettes, though I don’t use all of them. I do make samples of each and every color. Love doing that……..So if you are feeling a llittle down -don’t be. We are ALL here lurking. Love you and your whole family ;}

  7. Cindy Lietz, 18 June, 2013

    Thanks for your support Patt… Doug and I really appreciate it! That is is great to hear that you mix up samples of each and every color. That is really the only way to get a true sense of what the color will look like in your polymer clay projects.

  8. Barbara C, 18 June, 2013


    I have been trying to buy PYMll I ordered it from Shades of Clay, but they emailed that they could not send it in the mail because it is against Canadian laws. I have searched the internet trying to find it in the US but most places I find are in Canada. Does anyone know where I can purchase it in the US. I have tried Joann’s, hobby Lobby, Michael’s and anyone else I can think of.

    Cindy I like your color palettes. I was making a file with the color samples but have fallen down on the job. Now I usually mix up the color as I need them. I ran Helen Brell Designs site and she uses some cookie cutter that are really nice they are acrylic and don’t have the seam that the metal cookie cutters do also they can stand heat up to 300 degrees if I remember right. a little on the pricey side but there are up to 9 all the same design different sizes in a nice plastic box. There are football shapes round tear drop and square. Some also have fluted edge as well.


  9. Barbara C, 19 June, 2013


    I found some PMY ll in the US on line. but think I will pass it up as they were charging more for shipping than the product.

    I don’t know much about Morning Glories. But every year we have a sea of yellow in our back yard. In our other house Larry had this little tool that he would dig them out one by one. So we had very few. The neighbor wanted to know what product we use to get rid of them. They did not believe Larry took them out one by one.


  10. Cindy Lietz, 20 June, 2013

    Hi Barb, sorry I didn’t get back to you faster. I was going to say that you can buy PYMII direct from the manufacturers at pymii.com but you are right about the shipping being almost as much as the product. If you go to their site though, you may be able to find a retailer close to you.

    As far as the type of Morning Glory (aka Bindweed) I have goes, I have pulled and pulled and pulled them until I have filled our 240 liter green waste bin with those crazy roots, every week for the last few years and I can’t get ahead of them. Haunts the souls of gardeners that tempt to tame it by hand and it laughs in the face of weed killers. I have even tried to deprive it of light and water with black plastic and it still pokes its head up through it.

    I think the only solution would be to remove it with a backhoe… taking off the top three feet of soil and starting all over again. Either that or we could move! LOL

  11. Barbara C, 20 June, 2013

    Hi Cindy

    I went to the PYMll web site, emailed them and received an answer right away. There is a store here and to my surprise it is only 5 minutes from where I live. Thanks for the heads up to contact PYMll.


  12. Ken Hamilton, 19 June, 2013

    Was just reading about this months colors and noticed your comment about the morning glories, are you sure they’re true morning glories? True morning glories are annuals, there is a cousin (and evil cousin at that) that looks like a morning glory called Bindweed, it is the bane of anyone who’s unfortunate enough to mistake it for it’s look alike, I made that mistake, and it took over my yard until I waged an all out multi year war on this perennial demon plant.

  13. Cindy Lietz, 20 June, 2013

    You are very right Ken, the Morning Glory that I am having such a hard time with is the Perennial version… aka Bindweed. I have never planted either the annual version or the perennial version. They just showed up one year and have taken over. Now they are even in the front yard!! And I KNOW I didn’t plant them there. I am wondering if they have seeds that the birds eat and spread around or something? I have tried every trick that people have posted on the net, with no luck. Of course, just like I said to Barb above, I could move… but we’re not quite ready to do that yet. May just have to surrender. Could tell folks it is my Fairy Tale Bindweed Garden… and they may just be impressed, since boy is it flourishing! :)

  14. Ken Hamilton, 20 June, 2013

    I’ve heard of success using white vinegar, but that’ll take a while, I finally conceeded and went to Roundup (I know, I know that’s the nuclear option in the weed world), I got tired of playing games. or you and cut it off at the ground EVERY time it sprouts up, that’ll deplete the food reserves in the root and prevent photosynthsis (sp) and eventually kill it also, but even I didn’t have time to be that vigilant, don’t know how you guys would. As distasteful as the Round-Up may be, it does work, after two years, I have two vines climbing my fence, probably from seed I missed, also do not let it set seed, they remain viable for decades.

  15. Ken Hamilton, 20 June, 2013

    As odd as it seems, you don’t want to kill it back to the ground outright, spray the leaves, give them a coating and let the plant carry whatever you use back to the roots, it may not kill it right away, then a week or so later spray again, especially in Autumn when it’s storing food in those blasted roots (which BTW can go as deep as 9 ft and could be coming from anywhere around you). I am going on the offensive against a neighbors fence that is already matted with vines. Make sure you cover anything you don’t want to die from the wind carrying the spray. I’ve also heard of people “painting” the round-up on the leaves to keep the spray from going to places it’s not wanted

  16. Anna Sabina, 19 June, 2013

    I have never seen that pretty little flower Vetch. Love the color palate, I never get tired of the spectacular photos and palates. I am sure the Lietz family is really swamped with school ending and new adventures on the horizon. I look forward to the new color pallets and PC test labs videos. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

    I also love Morning Glories, the real ones that is. I think you have the evil cousin Bindweed. I also love Dandelions, they look so pretty against the new green grass in the Spring. I also made dandelion wine one year, you need A LOT of yellow flowers to make that wine. I have many fond memories of picking buttercups. As kids we held the buttercups under our chin and if there was a yellow reflection it meant we loved butter.
    There are many plants that were introduced in the US as an ornamental flower and latter determined to be an invasive weed. The best example I can think of is Creeping Charlie that will literally take over a neighborhood. As with many of our most hated weeds, creeping Charlie was actually brought here on purpose, with nothing but the best of intentions. Glechoma hederacea, is native to Europe and Southwest Asia. Its long history in medicinal and culinary applications is why European settlers brought it with them.
    Here in Iowa farmers were encourage to a specialized “Rose Hedge” to reduce erosion. Well it soon began to migrate into farm fields and created all kinds of havoc.

  17. Cindy Lietz, 20 June, 2013

    Yea Anna humans make some pretty big mistakes when they mess around moving nature from place to place! I guess that is one of the reasons why they won’t let you take any plant material across the border anymore.

    Here in British Columbia we have such a moderate temperature and lots of rain, so most things thrive here. Something that may not be that invasive somewhere else can completely take over here. We even have environmental clean up crews that go into our public parks and remove invasive house plants that have been thrown out by people who just didn’t know better. I can tell you I am not too happy with whoever introduced this bindweed to my yard! It killed my raspberries, blueberries and annihilated my vegetable beds. Soon it may just eat my children… maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing? No… that would be bad! I’m sorry kids!

  18. Cheyrl B, 23 June, 2013

    HI everyone,
    I too have been fighting the bindweed for several years, When we first bought the house 5 yrs ag the beds that are bordered by railroad ties were just covered with white rock and nothing else so when these pretty vines and flowers started coming up in the spring I was so happy and then they sprouted beautiful white blossoms! The next year I removed the rock and replaced it with gatrden soil and started planting shrubs and flowers, every year since I have had to unwind and pull the bindweed from the “real ” plants, just yesterday I spent 6 hrs doing just that and weeding some new little thing that croped up this year.
    There is a silver lining though about what my mother calls volunteers ( that’s plants that blow in from other places ) My garden areas are full of these plants and more beautiful and lush every year, I no longer can afford to purchase all the flowers and plants I want every spring and so look each year for the volunteers I want to keep and move them to where they will look the best and thrive. It is quite fun to see what something will be that I have never seen before and I deal with them before they can flower or seed so the ones I don’t want will not take over. My pots are also overflowing with these plants and I have a variety that I would never have chosen on my own. This is a fun and very interesting way to fill a garden and containers, I have even stopped and pulled things up from the side of the road that have the height and color I like to add to my garden. As to the bindweed I ” train ” the vines that are by a fence or pole onto those structures and pull the rest, basically they are the bullies of the plant world and choke the life out of anything they touch but htey are still very pretty and if controlled can serve a purpose.Unlike most I have the time to deal with them but understand those who don’t and just need to get them out of their life.To all of yopu ” good luck ” and happy claying!

  19. Margaret C, 24 June, 2013

    Roundup only kills what it touches, not the roots of what is sprayed. I have found any invasive plant that appears in my yard can be completely eliminated by snipping it off at ground level and instantly spraying it with Roundup. A plant will quickly try to close the wound and by applying Roundup on the cut right away it carries the weed killer down to the roots. I’ve even managed to control invasive bittersweet and the almost indestructible bamboo from my neighbors yard with this method.

  20. Dotty C, 04 July, 2013

    Hi Cindy,

    Just wanted to say thanks for your concern and prompt reply in helping me to download these recipe cards – I honestly think you are too good to be true!!

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