Our Colours

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.

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, 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 / 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

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.

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Sandstone

(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.

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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—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.

'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 neutral, yet remain colourful.

Rust

(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.

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Rust Beacon Hat

Glossary of Yarns

Ink

(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.

Shop 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.

Shop Birch 

Sandstone

(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.

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Oxide Green

(Simple)—A pure and saturated green, with a fresh, contemporary feel. Oxide Green is not 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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Rust

(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.

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Sienna

(Simple)—An earthy but vibrant orange-brown. A an especially charismatic and likeable colour. Contrast Sienna with our deeply-saturated (complementary) Navy to bring out its richness. Sienna also pairs beautifully with analogous colours, such as Rust + Sandstone.

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Haar

(Melange)—A soft, pale silvery sky-blue mottle. We often use Haar to dilute saturated solid colours like Kelp. It’s also a perfect accompaniment to Ink.

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Mustard

(Simple)—A solid piccalilli or chartreuse yellow. A classic colour and one which was the mainstay of our collection for many years. Mustard is a simple colour, but it's exceptionally rich and saturated.

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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 their contrasting hues.

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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.

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Wolf Grey

(Melange)—A very mottled medium-grey melange. Neither light nor dark. Very neutral, being neither warm nor cool.

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Charcoal

(Melange)—Essentially a darker shade of Wolf Grey. A fresh dark-grey, nearly black melange.

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Seal Grey

(Melange)—A neutral, light, mottled grey. Seal Grey is much softer and lighter than Wolf Grey.

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White

(Simple)—A solid slightly warm white.

Ecru

(Melange)—A shade or two darker than White, and with a warmer more natural hue. We use this as a white, when pairing with darker yarns eg. Charcoal.

Coral

(Simple)—A contemporary, eye-catching, vibrant red coral, which leans neither towards orange nor pink. A very luminescent colour, especially when used in larger areas, as in our Archipelago blanket.

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Prussian Blue

(Simple)—A classic, timeless Prussian or “Berlin” Blue. Reminiscent of the blue inks used in Japanese Azuri-e woodblock prints. A rich and confident solid colour.

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French Blue

(Simple)—A very fresh, modern medium-light blue. We tend to dilute it with soft neutrals, like Smoke and Birch. A solid colour yarn, which lends a very contemporary look wherever it’s used.

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Indigo

(Melange)—A dustier less saturated blue than either Prussian or French Blue, leaning slightly towards blue-violet. A melange.

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Navy

(Simple)—A deep, intensely dark, solid navy. Capable of making other dark yarns, such as Ink, appear fairly light by contrast. Makes for a very eyecatching and bold scarf.

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Kelp

(Simple)A solid colour yarn. A modern, fresh, bold blue-green. A very powerful colour on its own, but pairs especially beautifully with soft melanges, like Haar, which take the edge off its intensity.

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Sea Pink

(Melange)A pale, dusty raspberry pink. A melange yarn. Pairs beautifully with dark solid blues like our Prussian Blue.

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We often like to use colours in a pointillist way - placing very strong hues side by side, so that they ‘mix’ in the eye, to create something softer and more subtle. One of our aims is to make bold, strong, lively colours wearable.

Glossary

Hue refers to the pigment of a colour (eg green, red, blue)

A tone is a hue with the addition of grey

A tint is a hue with the addition of white

A shade is a hue with the addition of black

Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a colour

Analogous colours are closely neighbouring colours, eg. yellow + orange, blue + teal.

Complementary colours are those which create the strongest contrast when placed side by side. Eg. red + green, orange + blue. Additionally when you mix complementary colours, they neutralise one another, and produce a grey.