Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Re-visiting Complementary Colors

When I hooked the Complimentary colors, I was wanting a better transition on my background from values 5 to 4 and 4 to 3. I decided to dye two more values of the blue-violet calling them values 4 1/2 and 3 1/2 to see if it would make a difference in the transitions. To figure how much formula of dye to use, I divided the difference in the measurements between the two values by half (the difference of value 5 and 4 was 1 tsp. of formula, half of that = 1/2 tsp.). My total amount of formula for value 4 1/2 will now be . . .
1 1/2 (value 4 amount) + 1/2 (the extra amount)= 2 tsp. Complicated unless you have done Palette Dyeing, but I'm pretty sure that I think I know what I think I'm doing. Anyway, to compound the confusion and just because I'm cheap, I wanted only to dye half of the amount of wool normally used for one value. So, now for my 4 1/2 value I will be using 1/2 the wool and 1/2 of the 2 tsp. = just 1 tsp. of blue-violet dye formula. Was it worth the trouble? I don't know, you tell me . . .

It was a fun experiment. Maybe it made a slight difference, but I would always wonder if I hadn't tried it out. And, it gave me something else to blog about.


  1. Cynthia,

    One thing I noticed about the transition between these values is that there is always a difference when you hit the tint. There is a point in the watering down of the dye that you leave its true color and go to the tint. I don't think there is a way to ever get a exactly smooth transition because of it. It can be tempered, but the move to the tint will always be there, as will any move to a shade or a tone.

  2. HAHAHAHAHA, She's my teacher, honey, and I'm learning a kaleidoscope of info on color!

  3. Yeah... ditto about what she said about what she said...LOL! Love you! You really are a super-hooker!!!

  4. so beautiful!I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.