Links to online and print resources used in the “Spinning in Color” class at the 2017 KAWS (Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners) conference in Lawrence, Kansas on June 3, 2017.


Color Theory

Hue, Value, Saturation

Mixing Complementary Colors

More on Complementary Color Mixing (mostly text)

Complementary Colors including brief description of various color models

Optical Blending


~ Free Printable Color Wheels

For Color Mixing

Color Wheels for different color models

Explanation of checking value using B&W photo (images shown below)

Color photo – note the lighter green and light purple background stripes

In black and white, contrast (or lack thereof!) in values is easy to see

Books & Magazines

Color in Spinning by Deb Menz

Dyeing to Spin & Knit by Felicia Lo

Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

PLY Magazine – Autumn 2013, Color issue (digital or print)

Spin Off magazine articles include:

  • Coordinating Handpaints by Debbie Held – Winter 2017 (digital or print)
  • Spinning Color by Felicia Lo – Spring 2017 (digital or print)
  • Challenge accepted! by Maggie Casey – Summer 2017 (digital or print)