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Monday, May 11, 2009

Hue/Saturation/Value Theory

In a comment on the previous post, Peg said "I'm always amazed at how firmly woven cones reveal colors far better than the same yarn in skeins. The same thing happens in spinning dyed fibers--the spun yarn is always quite different from the fiber in color intensity."

My theory - and it's just that, so take it for what it's worth ($0) - is that both skeins and unspun fiber have more air in 'em. The extra air means that the background - or the shadows of the foreground fiber against the background fiber - dilutes the color, and may change the apparent value and saturation as well. In a tightly wound cone, or a spun yarn, the fibers are closer together, and visually less diluted, because there's less distraction from background or shadows.

Anyway, that's my theory, and I'm sticking with it.

DH and I spent yesterday with his parents for Mother's Day, and I'm champing at the bit to get back to the towel warp. I'm off to the studio...

1 comment:

Amelia, belle of The Bellwether said...

Interesting -- and it makes sense! Thanks for the insight.