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Color Crossovers and Geometrics

Carefully Considered Color Relationships Can Elevate Your Art

By: Sandra Brown
Updated March 11, 2024
Color Crossovers and Geometrics

In many fiber arts the artist/crafter will often incorporate a gradation of different colors across their piece, usually in one particular motif, while another color is carried in another direction, either in the same motif or another one. This can be a simple gradation (light to dark of one color, e.g, light to dark burgundy), or a transitional gradation (light of one color to the dark of another, e.g., peach to burgundy), and works particularly well in geometrics.

Also, there are gradations that may change colors but do not change in value (you can test this by using your smartphone to take a color photo and then turning it into a black-and-white photo under “Edit”). For many, many years, these gradations have been dyed as wool “swatches” for rug hooking—generally eight values measuring 3" x 12" that are dyed in eight large canning jars—and used in traditional floral rugs that were finely shaded using fingering technique.


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