Creating the Perfect Color Palette

I’m always surprised by the colors of my woven projects. The way the warp and weft combine to make a surprising new color story is sometimes delightful and sometimes disappointing.


It would never occur to me to pair
acid yellow-green with violet, but
using Deb Menz’s method, I can’t
wait to see how it will turn out. 

Using a color wheel to plan a project used to seem too difficult; hues and shades and pie-shaped slices of color can be pretty intimidating when your last art class was in the last millennium. Fortunately, Deb Menz makes it easy to use a color wheel to select a tetrad for a project. In the latest issue of Colorways, Deb walks you through the process of selecting colors and choosing a pleasing balance. She offers a simple knitted scarf pattern, but the techniques for selecting and mixing colors are universal. It’s a great way to challenge yourself to use colors you might never choose on your own, and the interactive color tools make project planning surprisingly approachable.


Sara Lamb’s simple trick with office
supplies can help you make an

educated color choice.
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Dagmar Klos shares her magical
experiences with indigo and teaches
you to create your own indigo vat. 


And if I’m still not crazy about my final woven project, Sara Lamb’s article on overdyeing shows me how to transform it with a trip through the dyebath. Colorways includes an interactive demonstration of how shades of dye interact with and layer over base colors—shocking, I tell you!


One of the most fun substances for overdyeing is indigo, and this issue of Colorways includes an in-depth look at the iconic blue dye. It’s lovely, almost magical in the way it changes from green in the dyepot to blue in the air. Natural dye expert Dagmar Klos loves to dye fabric with an indigo vat; she collects linen napkins and dyes them in indigo, uses resists to create surface designs, and overdyes other natural colors for rich effects. In this issue of Colorways, she explains the basics of creating an indigo vat at home and offers downloadable recipes for naturally fermented and chemically reduced indigo vats.


Whether you aim to get the perfect color in your woven projects straight off the loom, or want to experiment with changing the color of your finished fabric, the latest issue of Colorways will help you create the perfect palette.



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