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Colour Blocking

Above, a close-up of the pinks and violet in Sam Norgard’s Nova Scotia bangle.
Bead colours: DB2035, DB1310, and DB2138.

There is a lot of fun to be had making colour-blocked triangles, and it’s one more way to explore the relationships between shades, tones, translucence and different bead finishes. Three-colour triangles that follow the lines of the coat-hanger shaped quadrants are simple to make – they are started with a ring of beads A, B, C, one of each colour, and then from that point on the increase lines are split, with one colour on one side and another on the other. If you have Sam’s Nova Scotia bead kit, you can re-create this colourway exactly, but if not, why not make a few triangles from your own beadbox, playing with groups of three different beads together?

In this face, Sam deployed a gorgeous transparent fuchsia (DB1310), a Luminescent hot pink that will glow in UV light (DB2035), and a matte, opaque Duracoat violet (DB2138). The three different beads have very different reactions to light, and almost glow in your hand simply from their contrasts.

When you are ready for a bit more of a colour mix, why not try some six-colour triangles as well? (Downloadable word chart below.) Joke Van Biesen created a range of beautiful triangles like this for a cycling ribbon piece, which could be folded like a flexagon or dimensionally, to enclose space. We will show it fully in the CGB Pattern Book.

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4 comments on “Colour Blocking

  1. Naomi Profesorsky
    November 16, 2021

    Wow – now I want to leave everything else and play with the color blocks triangles. I love the ones Joke made with the 6 quadrants. The different arrangement are very appealing. Thank you Kate! I can get use to a new post every day- makes me happy for the rest of the day šŸ™‚

    • katemckinnon
      November 18, 2021

      The 6-quadrant are glorious, and the ribbon flexagon Joke created with them is mindbendingly good. Can’t wait to show you!

  2. Deb Wozniak
    November 15, 2021

    I received the beautiful Nova Scotia bead kit today and love it! I have a couple of projects to finish and then will play with these gorgeous colors. Thank you so much!

    • katemckinnon
      November 15, 2021

      Wonderful! The little stickers and cards are so pretty, aren’t they?
      And I can’t get enough of the four groupings, each is so profound to me. Keep me posted on what you make, Deb!

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