Our Colours

We are often asked to describe or define the colours we use, and while the experience of colour is a subjective thing, we hope you find this guide useful, as an insight into our perceptions of these colours, and of what we are trying to achieve when we use them.

Simple Colours + Melanges

Our yarns can first be separated into 'Simple' colours and 'Melanges': A Simple colour yarn is spun from fibres which have all been dyed to a single, solid colour; Melange yarns on the other hand are spun from a mixture of different coloured fibres, to create a more complex, variegated effect.

Ink + Oxide Green

A variegated melange yarn (Ink), contrasted with a rich, flat simple colour (Oxide Green). Here, the solidity of the green accentuates the complexity of Ink, and creates the illusion of depth.

Simple colours tend to lend a bold, fresh, contemporary feel, due to the solidity of their colour. Melanges meanwhile tend to appear softer and more 'natural'. Melanges also have the ability to look quite different depending on their context, because certain colours within the yarn might be 'brought out’ or enhanced by neighbouring colours, or a certain temperature of light, while others are subdued.

We often combine simple colours with melanges, to emphasise their contrasting qualities.

Glossary of Yarns

Ink

(Melange)—A deep complex teal or dark cyan, peppered with tiny flecks of turquoise. Probably our most popular and versatile yarn. A rich melange. Very easy-to-wear, and close enough to a blue that it can be worn as a navy. Fairly dark, but can appear surprisingly light when held against deep, saturated colours like our Navy.

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Ink—"Beacon" hat.

Ink + Birch—"Keel" Blanket.

Birch

(Melange)—A rich neutral. At a glance Birch is a slightly warm, stony neutral; In fact it’s a rich, complex melange, with very faint, mottled complementary undertones of blue-violet and gold. Balancing complementary colours in this way creates a sense of richness to the yarn while still maintaining it's neutral effect, overall. "Birch" appears especially ‘natural’, almost like undyed wool, and lends a sense of richness wherever used. Pairs well with other melanges eg. Ink, Rust.

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Sandstone

(Melange)—A sandy, pale orange-brown, with a very gentle melange. Reminiscent of brown paper, cardboard or wet sand. We use Sandstone as a colourful neutral, lending an almost vintage or historic feel. It creates an especially rich combination with both Ink and Rust, and when paired with Birch it reveals the cooler, complex undertones in the latter.

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'Keel' Blanket in Birch + Sandstone

Birch + Sandstone—The warmth of Sandstone here reveals the complex, cooler undertones in Birch. The two colours are similar in tonal value (darkness), so the differences between their hues appears more striking.

'Dovetail' Bedthrow in Sandstone + Rust

Sandstone + Rust—A near 'monochromatic' colour-way, where yarns of the same colour family or hue are brought together. This tends to emphasise the 'temperature' of the colours used, as though everything is bathed in a particular colour of light.

'Forest' Scarf in Sandstone + Ink

Sandstone + Ink—Here Sandstone is used with a near 'complementary' colour in Ink. Complementary colour-ways tend to appear particularly well balanced and rich.

Rust

(Melange)—A saturated, warm orange-red melange. Powerful and lively on its own, we often combine it with the neutral Birch, as in our “Forest” Bedspread, and “Asplund” blanket, to temper + cool it, and to allow its subtleties to become more apparent. Also pairs especially nicely with 'analogous' colours such as Sienna and Sandstone.

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Willow

(Melange)—A soft dusty blueish green. Willow isn't a strongly saturated colour, so it tends to work well with similarly muted colours, like our Seashell pink. These two colours are almost exact complementaries, so when mixed together, as in our "Dovetail" bedthrow and "Forest" scarf, the result appears well balanced but lively.

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'Dovetail' bedthrow in Willow + Seashell

Willow + Seashell—"Dovetail" bedthrow.

Birch + Seashell—"Keel" Scarf.

Seashell

(Simple)—A pale and gentle dusty pink. We call this colour Seashell because it reminds us of the faint pinks found on scallop or cowrie shells. Appears soft and almost neutral when paired with its complementary Willow. But Seashell can also look bold and contemporary: When paired with the stoney neutral Birch, the solidity and purity of Seashell makes our "Keel" pattern appear almost screen-printed.

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Oxide Green

(Simple)—A pure and saturated green, with a fresh, contemporary feel. Oxide Green doesn't look like a green found in nature, but rather has the character of an inorganic pigment. The solidity and purity of the colour reinforces this impression. Pair with Ink, for a particularly rich effect.

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Lichen

(Melange)—A pale lime-yellow melange. Soft but lively and luminescent. Its fibres create a soft white haze when caught by glancing light, so Lichen can appear especially soft in certain situations. Reminds us of the almost synthetic hues you find in coastal lichens. Pairs very well with Smoke as both yarns are similar in 'tonal value', drawing the eye to the Lichen's saturated colour.

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Lichen + Smoke—"St Ives" Scarf. Smoke is a light silvery grey, but we use it here as a dull white, to accentuate Lichen's luminescent quality.

Lichen + Smoke—"St Ives" Wall Hanging. In the lower half of this design, we pepper a neutral grey (Wolf Grey) thoughout, in a pointellist manner. The top half meanwhile is peppered with a cool, saturated grey-blue (North Sea), creating a subtle shift in hue and tone.

Smoke

(Simple)—A classic, pale, silvery canvas grey. We often use Smoke as a neutral base colour; we think of it as paper or canvas for placement designs such as our “Faro” wall hanging. Smoke also has a very slight cyan cast. It is darker than pure White, so it doesn't dazzle the eye, and allows neighbouring colours to appear more luminescent.

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Coral

(Simple)—A modern, eye-catching, vibrant red-coral, which leans neither towards orange nor magenta. An especially luminescent colour. We tend to use it alongside it's complementary hue, Ink. This means that even very bold and colourful pieces such as our "Archipelago" scarf can appear well balanced and wearable.

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