Usually when I use black dye, I am going in the other direction, that is doubling or tripling the percentage of dye, but the objective this time was to get a charcoal. The various shades don’t show up well in a picture, but there really is a vast difference. Since all colors have undertones, I decided to add my own choice of undertones to these yarns. The two on the left are straight black, although in different strengths. The two on the right have had another color added withthe black–middle right has the addition of mustard, the far right has a bit of blue added. So what’s the upshot? For me, I like the two on the left. By the way, a really great blog about color and your living spaces is Colour Me Happy by Maria Killam. Frankly, I’m not really into the decorating thing, but her blog is interesting because she shows how even the “neutrals” in the same family may not play well together because of the undertones, as some beiges are pinkish, some greenish, etc.
Maybe you can tell that I’m not really enjoying the finishing of these small pieces, maybe because I’m still working on them? Here’s the one I started on today, just a small detail snippet of it. I’m going to try a new way to mount this piece, since it’s such a weird size–9 x 60 in. Another experiment in progress.