At Knots End...


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Color theory is an interesting subject, and while engrossed in quilt making, I had the opportunity to play with and learn about color and color theory. I am interested in the topic, but am  no authority. I can however, recommend a couple very helpful books on the topic; "The Beader's Guide to Color"  or "The Beaders Color Palette" both by Margie Deeb.

She describes commonly known emotional or cultural meanings associated with colors. Color is associated with mood ( calmness, serenity, anger, depression), temperature ( warm or cool); can evoke memories (places, images). Color is associated with seasons,  mourning, celebrations, the birth of a baby boy or girl! 

I would like to pass on a few tidbits from Margie Deebs book, The Beader's Guide to Color:

  • Yellow in all cultures represents enlightenment, wisdom and light. It is a dominant color, grabs attention,- small bits add vitality, while large amounts strain the eye! Added to white, the ivory or cream versions convey elegance, and airiness.
  • Orange is friendly, welcoming, and outgoing! It stimulates an appetite for the good things in life. It says "look at me" . It is used in color therapy as an invigorating antidepressant.
  • "Red demands attention, broadcasts danger, commands strength, declares devotion, quickens the heartbeat, incites aggression, inflames passion and proclaims love."
  • Magenta exudes luxury, more so  than red. Colors that match magenta in intensity are black, lime green, tourquoise, and yellow. Calm magenta with light blue and lavender. Magenta is called a freespirited libertine!
  • Yellow green has associations with sickness and evoke cheerful feelings, clear bright versions are used. To create an ominous feeling, the yellow green is muted or darkened with black!
  • Gray is strong, quiet, timeless and classic; can be warm or cool.

Have a look at Margie's books for  much more about color!


Stone Chips

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Nothing new at the moment on this topic!


Metal Minutiae

Cold connections seems to be a  jewelry trend right now. Besides seeing jewelry mags demonstrating the techniques,  Kim St.Jean teaches  classes at bead conferences and workshops, and has authored  "Mixed Metal Mania."

Kim has included great photos and detailed instructions to make simple jewelry using "cold connections" to connect metal pieces with rivets, jump rings or wire. Metal is colored, textured and shaped, and combined with other metals, stones, shells, and glass to create unique pendants and cuff bracelets.

Heat and chemical treatment of silver, brass or copper  create beautiful patina and vibrant colors. Very informative, readable craft book.