Janet’s talk on Colour

Another fascinating talk by Janet from the Guild of Weavers and Spinners. She explained how important combinations of colour was to creating cloth.

She explained how colour is described using the three primary colours on a colour wheel:

  • Monochrome – shades  of lightest to darkest of one colour
  • Hue – main colour
  • Tint – main colour plus white
  • Tone – main colour plus grey
  • Shade – main colour plus black


To help see if colours will blend, try producing a black and white photocopy, as the colours will be the same.

Also you can produce different colours depending on the if you use a colour as warp or weft. The examples below use the same yarn, but navy is the warp and the other the weft.