Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dyeing Neutrals (I misspelled this yesterday, oops!)
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Over the past two and a half days Anne Lullie, my sister Brooke and I got together for a marathon dyeing session. Our objective was to fill out our stashes with colors that have no name. We all have fully saturated primaries and secondaries, and pretty many tertiaries, but not much in the way of neutrals. And almost nothing one could call BEIGE. What is beige after all? Light brown? But is it a warm light brown, a cool or gray leaning beige? Or pink or green leaning? Geesh!

Not all of these made it into the beige realm, but hey, we needed light neutrals too.

I think these may qualify as beige-ish. OK some are definitely gray. So?
Because we are HOT LATIN GALS it was a mini-struggle to be excited by these shades, tints or whatevers and I had to convince myself and them that they were O SO WONDERFUL.

So I dragged out my Quilt National books and Visions catalogs and showed them quilts in which nothing but these kinds of colors are used. Here we have Lisa Call's famous work.

And Connie Scheele's fabu quilts.

Wow, this looks like something I just saw on Tommy's blog here.


Even tho I shot this Scheele quilt out of focus, it shows just how wonderful neutrals can be.
Plus, y'know, they all just go together so easily. One needn't fuss too much about a color scheme when the only thing to think about is value or contrast. That helps doesn't it?

17 comments:

  1. Connie Scheele's quilts, in person, take my breath away. That Stones quilt that you showcased may be one of my alltime favorite quilts. Gorgeous!

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  2. this is what I was talking about-the soul music factor. These pieces are like eye candy.Love the dye job results.

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  3. The color range is beautiful. But I can't believe you're now being influenced by those subtle gals! I predict your hot little Latin self will have difficulty using a faint color.

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  4. Love those subtle colors. So you have a formula that you follow when mising dyes? A book you redcommend?

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  5. Came to your Blog from EDM. Your quilts are fantastic, have subscribed to your blog as I really like your take on other things too. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. The neutrals you dyed are gorgeous and I can't wait to see how you use them. I also can't wait to see the color explosion that occurs after you've done neutrals for a little while. No matter how many neutrals you may dye, I think you're still the "Queen of Color!"

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  7. You said: "Plus, y'know, they all just go together so easily. One needn't fuss too much about a color scheme when the only thing to think about is value or contrast."

    Why would a more subtle color palette be easier than a bright saturated color palette? What is the difference?

    And is value easy?

    As a test - take that stack of fabrics you have an line them up by value, ignore color. Get them in precise order of lightest to darkest. Is that easy?


    I take exception to these comments - the quilt of mine you showed didn't just fall out of the sky as simple - it was the result of a lot of hard work - the color palette and the values. And I would think the other artists you have shown would say the same thing.

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  8. I apologize for sounding like I thought that it was easier than choosing from a myriad of saturated colors.
    I never meant to be insulting. I think values like these are more harmonious than the jarring combos I have been using in the past.

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  9. Thanks Melody.

    I don't think one or the other way is better. I think we all have personal preferences for the colors we use and like looking.

    And I think all of it is hard work to get right. To get that perfect piece of artwork is such a challenge - but when it works out it is so worth the effort.

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  10. Wow, that is a lot of fabric. And all so beautiful too.

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  11. That range of possibility is staggering.

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  12. Anonymous7:36 AM

    I hope you won't be offended by this, but 'neutral' is spelt with the 'e' first and then the 'u'.
    -From a dedicated fan of your blog (and work), who just can't squash that proofreader gene in her.... I'm sorry!

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  13. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Just looked at this post again for my daily fix(after I felt terribly bad pointing out the spelling error) and these pics are just STUNNING. Thanks so much for showing the neutral-coloured quilts as well as for dyeing instructions. My fabric is already soaking.....and it's Friday!

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  14. Anonymous6:53 PM

    Cool blog, interesting information... Keep it UP »

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