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exploring colour

February 23, 2021

do you have a favorite range of colours that you always choose to work with?

do you judge a work of art/craft by its colour?

I’ve been participating in a studio tour twice a year for more than 10 years

people who purchase something make their choice, almost always, based on colour

we design our gardens and buy a car depending on its colour

this year I’m hoping to sharpen my colour senses and work “outside the box”

with that in mind

and still reading The Art of Tapestry Weaving by Rebecca Mezoff

I’m using my tiny loom to sample colour and tapestry

primary and secondary colours

I wanted a dark-ish background (not black) that wouldn’t fight with bright, intense colours

handspun, 2 ply wool spun from a fleece dyed a variety of greens

it is not terribly noticeable in the finished piece but adds some interest and life to the background

a good learning experience

as a weaver I have often wound yarn samples before starting a new project

back when we had photos printed I used my own pictures for practice

a good guild project was when each of us choose a photo from a set of three

and wove something – it was amazing how differently individuals saw/used the colours

I’ve kept a scrapbook of ideas for 40 years

this is one of my favorite colour examples

it shocked me at how similar the colours are to what I am playing with now

they are not my favorite colours

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    February 24, 2021 3:49 am

    I find I choose different colours at different times. I have been making random granny squares in different patterns to use up small balls of yarn and try different patterns. I have noticed that one evening all my squares will have pale colours and another brights or one night everything will include pink and another there will be lots of green. Of course my choices are constrained by the bits I have in the box but even so my preferences have been noticeable. I just need to wok out why! Light is certainly a factor so choices vary from winter to summer. Now you have got me thinking!


    • February 24, 2021 10:44 am

      Sue – colour choices are very personal and are clearly influenced by emotion and an individuals state of mind at the time of choosing. If you are selecting from a limited palette then possibly you are mentally designing a pleasing colour scheme in the time you have to work in.

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  2. February 24, 2021 2:18 am

    I think your comment to Claire about the light in which we live and work is peculiarly apt. I have always loved green, blue, turquoise, teal and lilac. Now that I live in the tropics, I have not changed, but added to, my list of favourites, to include orange and hot pink. There are others I like quite well but would never include as a first choice. The light here allows me to use saturated colour in a way I simply couldn’t when I lived in London.


    • February 24, 2021 10:54 am

      Kate – colour reflects our personalities. What do we wear when we want to be brave, or feel like we need comforting. What colour do we paint our front door? What colour flowers do we choose when we treat ourselves?

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  3. February 24, 2021 12:28 am

    I wonder why we choose our favourite colours? I tend not to like greens and browns.


    • February 24, 2021 10:50 am

      Cathy – we all have a colour history and memories dating back to early childhood. Remember the teacher who told you trees are green and pink and red don’t go together? – passing on their own colour preferences. Or did you love/hate that brown sweater your Mom made you wear?


  4. claire93 permalink
    February 23, 2021 2:46 pm

    yes I tend to stay within my favourite colour range, when crafting for myself, but do try to move out of my comfort zone when making things to gift. I like bright, cheerful colours ^^


    • February 23, 2021 3:48 pm

      Claire – I’ve lived and traveled in many parts of the world and the light we are accustomed to plays a big part in the colours we choose.

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