Wednesday, 6 December 2017

slow colour fast colour

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The power of colour often amazes me!
And I don’t mean the usual aesthetics and visual appeal of our colour choices and placement.
Go a step beyond to the speed and pace of working. eg. certain colours in finer thread merge with my skin tone making it difficult to eyeball picots, etc.
This time I experienced an even greater power! 
Colour affected my involvement and motivation!!!

For this round I deliberately chose a darker green - thought it would make a statement ;-P
I even had my husband select from an assortment of colours (without telling him my preference) and he also chose this. Yet, as I worked, it had me on edge continuously. And after every couple of elements I would wonder about my choice and stow it away. The shade seemed overbearing in real (and hubby agreed – no, he’s absolutely Not a yes-man!!).
Took me several days of uninspired working to do just the 2 arms of simple rings and chains.

Frustrated, I coloured in some options in Sketch Guru, and tried a combination – green rings/cream chains & vice versa. Ugh it looked bad!
Rejected everything and went to the safe option of similar colour strength.

So much better and even tatting went smoothly, rapidly, and happily thereafter ! The entire round was done in 3 days flat.
This time I chose simple decorative picots. I like how the rings are joined to create those angles!

Round 5 in size 40 measures 7 inches or almost 18 cms tip to tip.
2 shuttles used because of thrown/floating rings.

But you know I'm wondering whether I was wrong again. The pastel green has brought the pink into too much prominence. There's yet another round of these flowers! Sigh, will just live with it for now and see what happens. It does look and feel good in real though.

‘fast’ colours make for happy tatting  J

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  1. Oh this is fantastic,🍃🌹🍃 i know what you mean about color and I find that the level of brightness in tatting does help from not letting one color pop out more than another and a brown and yellow for center might be interesting to see, but on the otherhand I wouldnt want to mess up this beautiful work. Its a lovely design🌹you really did something very different than other doilies too.😄💟😄

    1. Ah, that makes sense, Carollyn - a yellow or brown center to offset the pink a bit! I was just lazy trying to avoid too many ends to hide ;-P Will keep in mind for future. Thanks :-)

  2. No, no, you're not wrong, that's perfect. I've had the same experience choosing colours for bead crochet. Choose the wrong colours for the pattern and you can lose momentum. The zigzag row is unusual and very effective.

    1. Jane, your colour selection is always impeccable! And the fact that you can dye your own yarn to suit requirements and moods is such a bonus! Thanks :-)
      Yes that zigzag row is very clever:-) One just needs to be careful and remember whether we are moving out or in.

  3. Beautiful doily:) I like the zigzag row :)

    1. Thanks, Anetta :-) Full credit to Agnieszka for this beautiful design!

  4. I like the zig zag row, but I like the colour a stronger colour could drown out the other colours too much.