Thursday, October 8, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Dulled Yellow Greens

When I saw that red-violet at the far right, I knew a major change of plans was about to happen.  I absolutely have to use that color in this piece.  I have used it to tone the rest of the yellow-greens you see to the left.  As you move from right to left on the card each yellow-green has proportionally more red-violet till it gets to brown (the second sample from the left) and then tips over into red-violet toned by the yellow green (the sample on the left). Yes, that last sample on the left does look brown in the photo, but believe me, in real life it is definitely a variant on red-violet.

I love those toning effects on the yellow-green.  But the pure red-violet.  That’s got to happen.

No, it will not be the major color.  The major colors will still be the greens and yellow-greens.  But that red-violet is going to be important nonetheless.


My current thinking (subject to change, of course……..) for the warp colors is to do a warp which moves from browns created by mixing the yellow-green and the red-violet, through the toned greens and back again.   Except for the center portion. 

For the center portion, which will be quite narrow, I am thinking of winding that warp in the white silk. Then I will dye it using ikat tying techniques  so that the top and bottom are one 
or more of the toned greens but the center is the pure, or almost pure, red violet.


In the same dye batch I decided I needed to try for a much brighter yellow-green than I had yet found.  So I included a sample with 5% SAB Turquoise and 95% SAB Sun Yellow on a card with other yellow-greens.
Some yellow greens 
This is the yellow-green on the right on this card.  Pretty bright, huh! I might try toning that with violet, a near-complement.  I’m curious.


But the next dyeing will be toning a green with its complement, red.

Yellow-Greens and Some Red-Violet“ was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on October 8, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Delighted Hands said...

Wow, that violet will be just the zinger to set off the other greens! Very exciting!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Yes, Delighted Hands, I really like that color.