I read a double heddle bookmark article that slightly mentioned and displayed an iridescent fabric.  The author, Syne Mitchell, had used a red warp with blue-green weft. Red and green are opposite on the color wheel. Do you think that is what created the iridescence?



author: Syne Mitchell


If you choose a weft that is a radically different color than the warp (in this example a dark red weft on a green/blue warp) you may find that the finished cloth shows iridescence, changing color when you move the cloth or alter your viewing angle.



Posted on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:06

Hi 10ashnus, for an interesting discussion on iridescence that explores just a few other options then complimentary colors , look at Color and Fiber by Patricia Lambert, Barbara Staepelaere, Mary G. Fry.  pages 222- 227.

i'm pretty sure you could get this at your public library. It's a fantastic book on color, college level, I would say.

look to nature too. How do insects achieve iridescence?


Posted on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 19:06

Sheen - as with mercerizeed cotton helps as does fine thread - any stronger than a 16/2 cotton weight and the chance of achieving iridescence lessens.

Posted on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 22:32

The book, Color and Fiber, is not on our library shelves. I will request an Interlibrary Loan. Thank you for the page numbers. Often if a book cannot be loaned, they will photocopy the pages for me.