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The Art and

Craft of

Embroidery

Purple (Complementary Colour, Green). Purple is the quietest of the rich colours, being composed of red and blue. It varies in tone according to the amount of its constituents. When blue is predominant it is symbolical of mourning, expressive of sorrow, sadness, and is called violet when inclining to red it becomes warmer and richer. It expresses dignity, pomp, and regal power. Its complementary colour is green. ;

These six bright colours, when used in conjunction with black and white, with each other, or with their complementaries, will strengthen, intensify and enrich

each other without altering their true value when such vivid effects and sharp contrasts offend the taste of the worker, when they appear too crude, too conspicuous

and too obtrusive

—which they are apt to do —they may

by modifying the complementaries or by using a tint or a shade, that is, a lighter or a darker tone of the same colour. The strength

-be harmonised quite simply, either

and potency

of these startling contrasts are in this

tempered

they become

;

less

glaring,

less

way

assertive,

pleasanter and simpler to arrange, and lose the jarring

they might have For simple household

effect

these bright colours

if

used in their

articles

may

with

full brilliancy.

little

decoration

be used with charming

effect.

and shades of a colour, that the foundation material will have a considerable influence on them. On a white ground they will appear stronger and brighter, their tone being heightened by the white or light background, while on a black ground they appear more distinct and brilliant, It is well to

remember,

in choosing the tints

particularly light ones, the contrast being greater.

Dull

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