Optical Mixing in a Woven Table Runner

ALO Runner - Close Up - Peggy Osterkamp

ALO Runner – Close Up
Peggy Osterkamp
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A few weeks ago our guild had a speaker who explained the theory of optical mixing. When I got home, I noticed I’d been doing that without knowing it for a long time. I kept finding pieces that were examples of taking two colors and mixing them to form a third color. I was excited to see several examples so decided to do a study group after our next meeting to discuss optical mixing and show some examples.

I’m also going to talk a bit about using complementary colors. The table runner is woven of oranges and blues.

ALO Runner - Corner Detail - Peggy Osterkamp

ALO Runner – Corner Detail
Peggy Osterkamp – click to enlarge

There is so much to learn about color theory that I get overwhelmed easily and not much sticks in my brain so I just want to talk about these two subjects.

This runner I wove for my mother-in-law but I knew she wouldn’t appreciate it so I never gave it to her. It’s one of my very favorite pieces. The linen fabric is thick because I put together the two warps from a previous double weave project into a single layer.

ALO Runner - Peggy Osterkamp

ALO Runner
Peggy Osterkamp
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I ironed it hard with a rolling pin on a bread board while it was damp. I love the weight, the sheen, and the subtle colors.

The idea of putting two warps together as a single layer happened when I was sampling for making some table runners. I ran out of color combinations to try, so just wove the warps together for a warp face structure where the warp was completely hidden. It still made a thick cloth which I wanted and I loved the way the two warp colors mixed.

1 thought on “Optical Mixing in a Woven Table Runner

  1. I am doing that all the time, because of lack of certain coulor, I am from Srebia, and I am not alwaus able to findeout or to afford it

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