Posted by Peg in South Carolina
One of my favorite books on color is an embroidery book by Richard Box. It is called Color and Design for Embroidery.
I particularly like his observation on brown. Browns, he says,
…are the foils to all the brighter purer colours…. Bright colours may sit on ‘thrones but browns are the ‘powers’ behind them. (page 40)
Many people tell you that when dyeing you are to avoid “mud.” Mud? Why can’t they just say “brown”? And why avoid brown? Indeed, why avoid mud?! My current dyeing has shown some marvelous possibilities for browns, and browns that will relate to the “brighter purer colours” that I will be using.
I plan on using browns in both warp and weft. My hope is that they do truly serve as foils for the greens (and red-violets) that I will be using.
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