These last couple months have found me dyeing up more yarns and fiber than usual which unfortunately have left me with less knitting/crocheting/spinning time. But hey, who’s complaining?!
Most of what I hand-dye is sock yarn and I’m in the process of creating some gradient colorways for a wholesale order.
I love color and feel that my former cosmetology training really has helped pave the way to me becoming an indie hand-dyer of yarns and fibers. Color can bring out so many emotions and having already had that basic to intermediate knowledge of color theory is what was the deciding factor for me to give hand-dyeing a go to begin with.
Here is a basic lesson in color theory/ color mixing (and please, understand I am no way trying to portray that I am an expert by any means but rather know that this is my very basic interpretation):
1. You have your primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. These are pure colors meaning they are not derived as a result of mixing other colors.
2. By mixing equal parts of red/blue, blue/yellow, and red/yellow, you then create secondary colors – purple, green, and orange respectively.
3. Tertiary colors are achieved when you mix either one primary color with one secondary color, or two secondary colors, in a given color space such as RGB ( red, green, blue) or RYB (red, yellow, blue).
Now there are also Quaternary and Quinary but I won’t get into those. Feel free to read more about them here.