Posted by Peg in South Carolina
GREEN IS GOOD
Yes, the table in reality is actually black. Why is it green in the photo? Because I fiddled with Paint Shop Pro to get the colors right. This meant ramping up the green and also, a bit, the yellow; and lessening the red. Doing this affects the whole photo, so the table got to be green as well.
How to avoid this? Yes, it is possible. Select the skeins out from the background, create a new layer, and work only with that on the color. I have not mastered the skill of selection and do not feel the need to. This photo is not for professional publication, after all!
So, what was the problem that led me to doing this? The green yarn on the left wasn’t quite bright enough. The yarn in the middle did not have enough of a green cast and the yarn on the right was way to red.
The results are not perfect, though there is definite improvement. The color of the green yarn is accurate. The red is still a tiny bit too red. The brown is quite off the mark. It definitely needs to be more of an avocado, though a dulled avocado.
TOO MUCH REDDISH YARN
But there is another problem, and this one is a bit more serious. The yarn on the right was to be my main binder yarn so I dyed three skeins of it. But it turned out way too red for that purpose. The middle skein turned out exactly right for that purpose. Clearly, when I moved from dyeing small sample skeins to dyeing 100 gram skeins, something went amiss in my calculations.
MORE DYEING TO DO?
Based on what I saw, I changed the dye calculations and came up with the middle skein. I am not going to dye any more of this color until I have started the weaving and can get a better estimate of how much more yarn I will need.
I would, however, like to dye a smaller amount of a green that is between the brightest green and the avocado green and also a smaller amount of quite a bright version of the red.
BACK TO SLEYING THAT REED…..
Not to mention winding skeins onto cones………..