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    Lost in Translation…or Why Color Theories Do Not Guarantee Good Cloth with Ruby Leslie
November 8, 2008

Weavers are often seduced into buying gorgeous colored yarns but freeze when trying to incorporate them into their weavings. The usual approach to this perennial problem is to learn color theory — a huge and daunting undertaking. But learning terminology is NOT the equivalent of learning how to design cloth and use color well.
The premise of this seminar is: You don’t need to master color theory to use color masterfully. We’ll start by looking at an extensive series of samples for a production line of scarves, woven over several years, which document an incrementally evolving approach to color design. Then we’ll explore the process Ruby has developed for designing for Handwoven magazine’s “Color Forecast” series, using one color palette for numerous weaving structures.
Starting with a layman’s approach to color theory, discussion topics will include how to begin the design process and overcome color design phobia. Strategies for how to successfully incorporate color into woven structures will be addressed with hands-on exercises using commercially available yarns and applying the principles of optical blending.

The fee for this workshop is $20.00 plus a $10.00 materials fee.  Participants need to bring in a scissors.  Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Ruby Leslie maintains a full-time weaving and teaching studio in northern Vermont, where she designs her own line of handwovens under the label Ruby Charuby Weavings. Boundless enthusiasm for sampling and experimenting, especially with color and its interaction with structure has guided Ruby’s creative endeavors from the beginning of her weaving career. For 20 years she has shared her fiber skills, as an artist in residence in the public school system, teaching in venues from pre-school through college. When Handwoven Magazine invited Ruby to become a contributing member of their newly created “Color Forecast” series design team, creating swatches on a regular basis mandated a rethinking of her design process. This fueled her desire to share her insights about how to successfully integrate color, structure, and yarn in weaving without having to rely on recipes. She has taught at guilds and a variety of regional conferences, including Convergence. 



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