I’ve started thinking about color gradients in the top layer of fabric, and produced these two samples:
I’m still debating which I like better. The green and brown emphasizes the leaves more, but is perhaps a little boring; the multicolored arrangement is much more lively, but starts to compete with the leaves (and possibly with the wearer?). To pull it off, I would have to use relatively low-chroma (“dull”) colors, to make the leaves look brighter by contrast.
The multicolor arrangement would also be a real pain in the butt to dye for. Each of those color transitions would probably require 20 or more shades to get the color transition smooth and unnoticeable; so now we’re talking 80 colors just to get a smooth color transition. Which also means winding 80 pirns and changing colors roughly every 3/4″ throughout a 60″ panel. And doing that four times: twice for the front, and twice for the back of the garment. It’s enough to make me contemplate an alternative, using a knitted blank to handle the color changes. That comes with its own problems, but it’s a lot quicker than sampling and then dyeing 80 shades!
The other problem is that Photoshop simulations really don’t adequately simulate the look of the finished piece. My early simulations suggested that a very pale brown would look best, but that just looked washed out. There is, practically speaking, no way to know without weaving samples…laborious beyond belief, but I don’t see any way around it. I’m rather dreading the prospect, though.
So I’ll toss out the question to you, gentle reader: which do you prefer? The green to brown transition, or the more multicolored one? Or something else entirely?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!