Spring has made it into the mountains of Western NC.   While today has been cold and blustery, the colors that are appearing everywhere remind us that warmer weather is on the way.  The grass has started turning green and the interplay of colors is most interesting.  There are the purple, white and  yellow of crocus, golden daffodils, hellebores that range from a pale green to deep  purple.  The lime-green branches of the weeping willows dance to the rhythm of the breezes and the Bradford pear trees are the epitome of tightly  packed white blossoms arranged in a well-recognized shape.  Close by the weeping cherries show their own pink flowers accentuated by the tiny red buds on the maple branches.  Among the most interesting is the Virginia Bluebells.  Their flowers start out a pleasant shade of pink but as they mature, the blooms turn to a medium blue. 

All these colors glow against the backdrop of starkly bear twigs on the other trees around the neighborhood or in the forest.  Nature seems to group colors without trying.  In fiber arts, this blending is not always so easily accomplished.  Our color vision can vary from person to person or even from place to place because of the changes in lighting.  Add to this that our color memory is very poor.  Colors we believe will go well together don’t always blend as well as we might hope.
Traditional tatting was white or off-white.  Our most senior Thread Bear, Leigh Jones holds to this “rule” in the motifs she creates with her needles.   It’s true that the stitches are much more easily viewed in the lighter colors, but the range of colors in today’s threads is visually exciting.  They open an entire range of possibilities for creativity.  Yarnplayer (Marilee) works miracles with the dying of her yarns.  And accomplishes great things with them when they are done.  See for yourself!

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