We are often asked to describe or define the colours we use, and while the experience of colour is subjective, 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 however are spun from a mixture of different coloured fibres, to create a more complex, variegated effect.
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, 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
(Melange)—A deep complex teal / blue-green, 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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"Keel" Blanket in Ink + 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’ and lends a sense of richness wherever used. Pairs well with other melanges eg. Ink, Rust.
(Melange)—A warm, pale, sandy fawn, 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.
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.
Sandstone + Rust—An 'analogous' colour-way, when two similar hues are combined to a rich effect. Here the pattern helps to break down and blend the two colours.
Sandstone + Ink—Here Sandstone is used with a near 'complementary' colour in Ink. Complementary colour-ways tend to appear particularly well balanced and neutral, yet remain colourful.
(Melange)—A saturated, warm orange-red melange. Powerful and lively on its own, though we often combine it with the neutral Birch, as in our “Forest” Bedspread, and “Asplund” blanket, to temper it. Also pairs especially nicely with 'analogous' colours such as Sienna and Sandstone.
Rust Beacon Hat