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“You can’t use those two colors together.They have different color values.” The woman behind the register delivered these words as she looked at the two skeins of yarn I'd placed on the counter.One was an earthy green color (I'd brought this one from home); the other an icy blue.
Confused, I immediately responded, “They need to be  different values for stranded colorwork.One color needs to pop.”
Thus I unleashed an explanation from the yarn shop employee on how color values need to be the same to make a work appear harmonious.I was a bit perplexed, as her comments were contrary to everything I’d learned in my reading and in classes I’d taken, including one from Mary Jane Mucklestone.I knew that choosing colors of similar value (or the same level of light and dark) would result in what the author of an article entitled “Color Theory for Stranded Colorwork” published on the Brooklyn Tweed website describes as a “muddy motif.”
I should have stopped there.But my pride—and the teach…

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