Choosing the colors for your next project
Crafters have several criteria when picking out pattern and yarn for their next project. This week, we're thinking a lot about color, for all kinds of reasons, so let's talk about it in our craft. Some crafters love bright colors and some love neutrals. Some are in between, choosing colors based on their mood or type of project. Here are a couple of tips for you:
First, let's talk about hues, values, saturation, and contrast:
-Hue is what we usually mean when we say color, as in, red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo, and violet (yeah, we're ROYGBIV nerds...a big thanks to our high school science teachers, plus, rainbows! :D). Every hue can also be warmer or cooler depending on where it sits on the color wheel. For example, red can be warmer if it leans closer to orange and cooler if it's closer to purple.
-Value refers to the intensity of a color, meaning whether it's light or dark. For example, lavender is a lighter value of the hue (color) violet, and aubergine is a dark value of violet. Darker colors are called shades and lighter colors are called tints.
-Saturation is the intensity of a color. If you take a very saturated color like cobalt blue and add grey to it, you will end up with a softer color, like denim blue. You can desaturate a pure hue either by adding grey, or by adding an opposing color.
Here are some interesting links if you're interested in learning more about color:
Color, Value, and Hue (Cornell University)
Canva 100 Color Combinations
Your color choice depends on your personal favorites (or that of the recipient) and the type of project. We'll talk more about how to choose a color next week.
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