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!


How to lighten a colorway at your wheel 
Come to terms with your spinning fiber stash  
Fractal spinning 
Gradient fractal spinning 
Choosing colors for a sweater 
Influencing a combo spin (pdf)

Spinning from the fold:

Mixing fiber for a sweater combo spin:

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)