So today we start looking at hand dyed gradients, either those you make yourself, or you buy from indie dyers like myself.
It's probably wise at this point to start by considering some terminology. This will not only help you understand different types of gradients available, but also how they might look both in a braid or knit up.
Many sellers, myself included tag these types of hand dyes with the loose term 'Gradient', even though there are differences in the types of gradient available... why you ask? Well, it's really about our ability to sell to a wider audience. For example we are aiming ourselves at advanced spinners as well as those who are beginner spinners, or those who are shopping on larger forums such as Etsy, where there is so much to choose from and we want our listings to be easily found. So using a generic term helps that. However, we do understand as you do, or I hope you will by the end of this post that there are nuances between colour changing techniques.
There are essentially two terms to have in mind when selecting your gradient project;
'True Gradient' - This is a dye technique that starts with one colour at one end and then slowly and subtly morphs into a secondary colour at the other end. Like the picture above. It can be a tonal gradient, which is a high saturate to a lower saturate of one colour, or two or more different colours in one braid.
'Progressive Gradient' - This is a dye technique that starts with one colour at one end and then suddenly changes into a secondary colour at the other end. Like the picture above.
Both types of gradient can have more than one colour, but for the purpose of our experiments I have kept it simple and used two fairly different colours.
Here they are spun up;
If we backtrack here to looking at the faux gradients we already made and talked about in this series, you can see those same basic differences...
Don't forget that I started a Ravelry thread in the group for anyone who wants to share and chat about their gradient experiments.
Also just to mention that I have plenty of gradients and colour sets in stock for you to buy at www.sarastexturecrafts.com
In Part 6 we are going to look at Navaho vs. 2-ply spinning our hand dyed gradients, so please pop back!