Color Challenge

Hello everyone!

Sally O just posted, in the Daily Weaverliness group, photos of a Color Challenge that her guild just completed (comment #48). In the brief discussions thus far it has come up that we might do a similar challenge here on Weavolution. There are some options of handing out the "inspiration" colors virutally. However I am willing to consider maling out envelopes or handing out envelopes to those goign to Convergence. I am currently thinking starting this in August would be a good idea. Please let me know if this is of interest to you.

 Photo by Sally Orgren

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Posted on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 21:20

There are several on-line sources for generating color palattes, e.g. paletton.com.  I think you can make and share palattes - that might be easier than the snail mail ;)

Posted on Tue, 06/14/2016 - 21:50

I'm always a little slower than I mean to be in getting projects done, but I will tentatively say I'm in for this too. 

Posted on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 05:28

Yeah, I'm glad several folks are interested. I will still leave this open, so other folks have a chance to  join us and will include this in our upcoming newsletter.

SusanBH, we would be leaving the challenge open for a year, so as not to make anyone feel under pressure to get their weaving done right away.

Queezle, Thanks for the suggestion of online palette generators. I am still considering that option. My two main "concerns" about that method is the way different monitors display colors and I know a lot of my local friends do not own printers. I would prefer everyone be able to easily have access to a physical copy, so they can use it in a variety of ways, such as in the photo how one person cut out windows in each color to use to match them. Even though I am in the UK, I do still mail a lot of thisngs back to the US and know that envelopes going First Class travel quite quickly.

 

Posted on Thu, 07/28/2016 - 14:29

We have 100 color cards for this Challenge. We will have tgese at Convergence and can start mailing to anyobe not attendibg Convergence. I can maje an online palette for people who want a digital palette!

Posted on Sat, 07/30/2016 - 00:07

I can do this, I think. Erica, I will use your personal contact form to send my address. What are the conditions and criteria of this Color Challenge?

Posted on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 01:33

I'm starting to give out the color cards. I've started a thread where people can post their samples/work. Everyone who participates will get a color card, the guidelines I've set are that you can use 2 or all 3 colors on the card and can add as many other colors as you want. The rest is up to you. I hope that helps, if not hopefully getting your colors will help!

I'm really looking forward to this.

Posted on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 01:55

I'm starting to give out the color cards. I've started a thread where people can post their samples/work. Everyone who participates will get a color card, the guidelines I've set are that you can use 2 or all 3 colors on the card and can add as many other colors as you want. The rest is up to you. I hope that helps, if not hopefully getting your colors will help!

I'm really looking forward to this.

Posted on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 01:57

I'm starting to give out the color cards. I've started a thread where people can post their samples/work. Everyone who participates will get a color card, the guidelines I've set are that you can use 2 or all 3 colors on the card and can add as many other colors as you want. The rest is up to you. I hope that helps, if not hopefully getting your colors will help!

I'm really looking forward to this.

Posted on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:12

I haven't done a Weavolution challenge yet, and this one definitely speaks to me.  Like Queezl, I want to break out of my color shell, and this will hopefully help do that.  So when/where do I give you my mailing addy to get my sample card?

Posted on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 09:48

I was excited to read about the color challenge, and I immediately thaugt that I must be part of it. On reflection I find that color has always been important to me. It is what I think of before anything else. So I have to take the challenge. A few months ago I took a class on colors. It leftover me with the conclusion that I must do more of that. 

So - here I am.

Eva

Posted on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 10:04

Last year our guild had a year long challenge making mug rug/coasters to meet various color wheel criteria. The woven structure was mostly up to the individual although some were defined. Everyone wove enough mug rugs for their group plus one for the guild. The results were great.  I'll look forward to further exploring color with this challenge.

Steve

 

Posted on Sun, 08/07/2016 - 13:13

And bought 3 cones of yarn to start playing with.  Can't say I was thrilled with the color card I picked but quickly embraced it as a push out of my comfort zone.  It was a definite plus to be in front of so much yarn and place cones next to one another.  I'm definitely color-challenged!

Posted on Sun, 08/07/2016 - 13:39

I am also in the group that got color that is not one of my favorites, so this will push my challenge to work with colors not in my normal range also!  Which is very good!  Oliver handed me the envelopes, so this will be his fault if I fail miserably! Lol lol!!! Got to blame someone! ;)

Seriously, I also plan on doing a different type of project with this color challenge,  so I will do two at once!

Posted on Sun, 08/07/2016 - 21:15

I will be mailing out more colors tomorrow. Xylem, your card will be in that lot! Eva, I'm going to fly your colours back to the UK with me then mail them to you. I think that will be the most swift way!  :)

Posted on Sun, 08/07/2016 - 22:36

Lets blame Oli!  I received my challenge envolope from him on Friday at Convergence and they were not my colors!

Posted on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 01:45

I received my color challenge envelope at the Weavolution meeting at Convergence 2016.  I am reposting the colors I received here to be part of this conversation.  Oli held up the envelopes like a magician asking you to choose a card.  I opened the envelope while everyone created a drum roll and read, "How sweet it is, smile, and hugs and kisses." The colors are shades of blushing.  One matches the pink of the pads of my fingers.  

Posted on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 02:14

It was great fun handing out the cards in person. I look forward to seeing the colors we mailed out too. I have no idea what colors we have mailed out! I am waiting to pick my card until I feel like we have sent out most of what we need!

Posted on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 00:40

... where we blame Oli.  I picked a card from him at the Convergence booth, and it would be hard to get much further from my wheelhouse.  Must. Stretch. Boundaries.

Posted on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 00:40

... where we blame Oli.  I picked a card from him at the Convergence booth, and it would be hard to get much further from my wheelhouse.  Must. Stretch. Boundaries.

Posted on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 01:11

Aww poor Oli! He does love a goid chsllenge though and that must have come out for sone of you. I suppose I better pick my card soon. I kinda hope I het done browns. They are challenging for me, but I do love what I wove the last time I tackled them!

Posted on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 01:30

Relatively neutral colors will let you unleash your imagination whether the color reads grey, brown, beige, taupe, or any pale flavor of white.  While I can't say I don't like my blush colors, they are holding me down to flesh.  

In 1979, I had my colors done on a trip to San Diego, CA.  The palette was called gentle and all of the colors came from my body--blue of my eyes, pink of my finger pads, brown of my hair, etc resulting in a palette of pastel colors.  The consultant doing the chart liked one color against my skin so well despite it breaking that she added it to the chart.  It was a nearly violette bright blue.  That color recurred in the chart I had done in the early 1990s, using the season approach.  My prior chart was more like spring with this chart falling in winter --that increasingly suited me as my hair turned grey.  In my youth, my go to neutral was navy but now I live in enough black to pass for an Italian widow who only owns black clothing.  As I type, perhaps the use of grey and the electric blue will revive my interest in blush although my heart belongs to bluer pinks like cerise/fuscia that hold the same intensity as the special blue. Perhaps adding teal will also increase my enthusiasm.

Colors.findthedata.com came up on search for pinks to fine tune my choice of color names just now--very interesting site to check out.

Posted on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 19:58

Grayed, muted greens. A color some fiber artists use regularly; a challenge for me. Experiments are sprouting in my brain lIke wild flowers. With so many ideas this is the time for me to try bookmarks.

The missing envelope. I watched the mailbox for a whole week. Michigan to Texas? Waited a day or two. Begged pathetically for another color card. It was not I wanted different colors. I never saw it. Really. Stared at the mailbox some more. This poor envelope arrived all crippled and crumpled, beaten and battered. We are doing an ancient craft. Perhaps, an ancient postal delivery was used - chariot, horse men, runners. I wonder?

Posted on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 21:42

but you give me hope, ten.  I would happily take a crumpled envelope.  Or an email.  I am at home, so I do not know if perhaps it arrived today.

Grayed and muted greens - how fun! 

I once did a shadow weave with the dark thread being a forest green, and the light thread a truly ugly puke light green, and the result was shockingly good.  When I get home I will post a photo for you. 

Posted on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 00:07

Ten, I have woven a few things in greens and greys including Crackle weave placemats, taquette towels, and double weave on overshot patterning mug rugs.  Greens are big time "go to" colors for me.  

My color cards run from mango to butternut squash.  I have woven with some oranges but not a real lot.  This should be a great challenge for me to bring these colors together.  I have a couple of ideas of what way I want to go but I have not taken the time yet to check my stash for yarns.

BTW - mug rugs are a wonderful way to play with structure and different colors.

Posted on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:56

I got my cards on Monday.  The envelope looked like it had been through the wars, too, ten;  I guess the Post Office machinery just doesn't like them.  I got pale yellow greens.  It's not a palette I would usually use, but I had purchased some for dish towels where I want to go (slightly) outside of my usual color preferences.  I found that I have two of the three colors. The warp is already wound for this project, so I ought to be able to get to it before too long!  (Christmas presents need to come first, though.)

Posted on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 14:33

A tale of two greens

Here is the promised photo from my stash.  A mixed lot of mill ends had included a dull muddy pistachio color, and I used it with forrest green.  It was shocking that the color worked so well.  This was made 25 years ago or longer, and it was an early lesson in color.

Posted on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 21:10

Theresasc, my walls are painted a mango-squash yellow. You will be surprised how versatile it can be. Rug mugs might be easier and less expense since I have beaucoups experiments in mind and no remnants.

Queezle, those greens are stuning together. Reminds me to pick a color weave pattern to enhance a strong contrast and a darker color can take the place of black.

Susan, it will be interesting to see different ways we will use our greens. Go Green now has a new meaning at our house.

Posted on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 21:16

<Smoke Sputters and Pops>

I have felt a disturbence in the Warp.... 

There are accusations being cast my way through the Web, and they have summoned me! 

Blame me if you wish. But know this: I believe you are ALL up to this challenge! And you will all come up with most excellent ideas. 

<Smoke Rolls Out> 

<Calm Returns in the Weft>

 

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:30

stopped toing and froing on this and jumped into the mix and requested my color card - What was I thinking?

Tina

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 17:06

Green/blue. The lighter tone is almost pastel. Even though they are very much not my colors, it's fun to consider what to do with them to make something I love. 

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 17:06

Green/blue. The lighter tone is almost pastel. Even though they are very much not my colors, it's fun to consider what to do with them to make something I love. 

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 18:14

The mailman brought my envelope with my color card today.  No mashing of the envelope had occurred.  I really like my colors....yellow-ish to cream.  No idea what I'll weave yet, but I have plenty of time.  ;-)

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:47

but I am patient.  Actually, patience is probably a word that describes all weavers.

And I dream of color combinations - what would make me happy and what would be more, errr, challenging.  Go ahead Oli J, do your worst. ;-)

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:59

I hear you Queezle.  My colors aren't particularly challenging for me.  So I'll have to make the woven item itself a challenge.  :-)

Posted on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 23:50

Spectacular!  My colors arrived, and they couldn't be more horrid!  Though they are named Venetian Villa, Cashew Brittle, and Wedded Bliss, they are so far outside my wheelhouse that I would never consider them as sweet as cashew brittle, nor blissful.  OK, they are not horrid, and perhaps if I think of them as earthy colors, that will help.  This is a great challenge for me - exactly what I hoped for.  I think I will need to get out my color wheel and my thinking cap.Colour challenge queezle

Posted on Sat, 08/13/2016 - 16:57

Those look like the crayons that used to be called "flesh" when I was a kid. Great neutrals, though, I bet you'll find a way to enjoy them!

Posted on Mon, 08/15/2016 - 23:14

... they were the inspiration for this color challenge, particularly "Cuyler", who initiated it.

Cuyler is cooking up another challenge for our guild this year, but wouldn't spill the beans at the summer picnic today. (So stay tuned!)

Posted on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 18:55

I'm very interested in taking part in this challenge and would like to receive the packet digitally or by email.  Thanks,  Glyn

Posted on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 21:21

i got my color card at convergence and was greatly amused when I found the same card at our local lumberyard.  You might also find the chip card you would receive in the mail at a local store.   

Posted on Sun, 08/28/2016 - 01:02

I managed to pick up an extra chip, plus play with other colors, at my local ACE.  It was useful.

Welcome to the challenge, glynruppemelnyk.  I think its going to be a lot of fun.  My colors are much more neutral than what I normally use, and I am trying to figure out how to make them look fresh and interesting.  

Posted on Sun, 08/28/2016 - 01:59

KnitPicks.com has a sale on a yarn called Dishie. Cotton worsted, 190 yards, $2.99. Has anyone used it for weaving? Would it be a good bargain to get many colors for samplers? They do have one color from my Challenge Card.

http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Dishie_Yarn__D5420207.html

Glyn, welcome to the Color Challenge. Erica and Oli have done a great job picking colors and mailing them out. Everyone has been a challenge. I will be eager too see what colors you receive and how you plan to use them.

Posted on Sun, 08/28/2016 - 02:22

I've ordered some yarns from knit picks.  I tried Galileo, which is lovely for a weft, and very soft, and I tried a couple weights of wool of the andes (too scratchy for next to skin for me).  For me, I decided it was an expensive way to go, because I didn't really have enough for a project, even a small one.  

If all you are doing is experiment, its probably OK.  But if you love a color you test, would you then look for a true weaving yarn in the same color?  Color matching is challenging.

For me, I have loved having 1 lb cones of many colors.  Even the "yucky" colors turn out to have important uses.  But I do have space for my yarn stash, and your situation is different from mine. 

Posted on Sun, 08/28/2016 - 02:52

I prefer to use weaving yarn for weaving.  I use mostly cottons and there are so many colors available in different types of weaving cotton.  If you zre looking for small amounts, a number of vendors have pearl cottons in a number of sizes on mini cones.  When you get a bunch of those they look loke little jewels on the stash shelves:-)

 

Posted on Sun, 08/28/2016 - 10:48

Halcyon and Lunatic fringe mini cones give my stash a wide variety of colors in my small space stash. I suspect the color challenge will send me back to dyeloot at which point I will buy natural color(s) on large cones.  

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