Even though we’ve been looking at dyers and painters, we’ve been exploring color combinations. We’ve learned that the most exciting combinations offer us contrasts either in hue, tone, temperature or cast. Those contrasts help define our figure and separate it from the background. That separation gives the mind and the eye a way into a composition, a way to make immediate visual sense of what is going on.
All that falls to the ground when we start mixing colors.
I’ve always let the dye houses mix my colors for me. They do a much better job, and I’m constitutionally the right person to do it. It would assume I could measure something. That hasn’t happened since 1969.
But once you put one dye color on top of another color, you’ve mixed them, planned or not. And that same excitement that happens with contrasts in color combinations is instantly blended into a brown of some sort.
I know a lot of unhappy dyers. Unless you really like brown, this is a downer.
Willow is an example of a great deal of purposeful mud. I love the browns in her, and dyed them largely from complements.
Thread Color is about picking rather than mixing. So the color choice rules apply. Brown is enriched in this bunny with greens,burgundies, teals, oranges, purples and olive greens, all complements but separate because each is a separate thread. The eye blends them in your mind, but their separation holds the colors true and bright.
Dye Day Workbook, available in print on Amazon.com or on my web site.
It’s available as an PDF on my Etsy store Raid My Fabric Stash
On our Refrigerator today, we have Joan Davis, an amazing Hawaiian quilter who’s work reflects the beauty of the island. You’ll find more of her amazing work on her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/joan.davis
This is our last day of Thread Magic Summer School. Tomorrow there will be a test. It is only a test.
I do think it’s fun at least to measure what you’ve gotten out of it all.
Sunday I hope to have a little gift for you for coming to summer school and making it fun.