August 2016 - Jolie Elder
I recently found this in Color in Spinning by Deb Menz (Loveland CO: Interweave Press 1998, 2005) p. 39.
We know that some colors seem to overpower others, such as yellow being brighter and stronger. Goethe tried to assign numbers he could use to figure out balanced proportions of colors. His number scheme is: Yellow: 3; Orange: 4; Red: 6; Blue: 8; Green: 6
Identical numbers mean those colors will look balance4d in roughly equal proportions. No wonder red and green Christmas decorations look so pretty, as red and green are both complementary colors and equally strong (both = 6). But look at yellow and violet, which are also complementary colors. Yellow is 3, but violet is 9. This is why a purple cape trimmed with gold is visually pleasing, but a garment, but a garment with equal amounts of yellow and violet might be less so. As Susan discovered in the July 2016 posting of her gradient, that her "pop" or "accent" of yellow (3) is all that is needed to balance green (6) or blue (8). Yellow is twice as strong as green and almost three times as strong as blue.
July 2016 Susan Duralde's Gradient Dyeing Project
Atlanta has a wealth of knitting talent. Who knew that a hot southern town could be an epicenter of so much talent generally associated with colder climates - given that traditional knitting is wool fiber based?
I'd like to focus on one technique that seems to be cropping up everywhere - gradient dyeing. It seems each month's AKG Show and Tell, someone has a project that uses gradient dyed yarn.
There are several types. To understand the concept best, think of it this way, ombre is a form of gradient dyeing. Its popular with teens to bleach their hair a lighter color, then grow it out. The effect is two toned hair - the color differential depends on how aggressively the hair was dyed in the first place. The idea is one color is a derivative of the other. In my case, my blond highlights are a derivative of my natural mousey brown hair - I just keep doing it every month because I'm too old for ombre (take note, Madonna!).
I recently took a gradient dyeing course put on by AKG mini workshops. The teacher, a local wizard, Gale Evans, has a dye studio in her Stone Mountain home. Her beautiful yarn products are on Etsy as Gale's Art. We were given six skeins of 50 yards each and two dyes. I chose yellow and blue.
We then made six dye baths of 100% yellow, 80% yellow/20% Blue, 60/40, 40/60, 20/80 and 100% blue. Each skein was dyed in one of the six baths, yielding what you see below.
When looking at the colors, to my eye, the yellow stood out. So, in creating a garment with the results, I decided to use it as a highlight.