I tried some different color combinations in photoshop and was somewhat surprised by the results. For example, here’s what happens with a red-orange-yellow “weft”:
This does not look NEARLY as bad as I had anticipated. In fact, it might even be worth sampling…I already have twenty shades of red-to-orange weft from Liquid Fire that I want to use up. A quick sample will tell me loads about the color mixing, and whether Photoshop is playing me wrong or whether it really will look OK. I’m betting that it’s Photoshop and that the result will actually not be particularly good, but you can never tell.
One thing’s for sure: I never would have even tried this without the ability to do quick simulations in Photoshop, first.
On a related note, I tried Peg’s suggestion of making the weft darker, except that since the colors are already deeply saturated, I went lighter with the weft:
It lightens up the jewel tones substantially, but I rather like the finished look, and it does have much better contrast. I like it better than the red-to-yellow, and will almost certainly weave this one.
And now I’m off to play in Fiberworks PCW some more. I have the threading set (I think), now I want to play with different treadlings and tie-ups to see if I can get other appealing designs on the same threading. If not, I’ll have to switch to a different threading, and I’d rather not. but differences in the tie-up and treadling can be profound…