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Become your own favorite color designer!

These yarns come in a great array of related, coordinated colors that give confidence to the novice colorist, nuance to the experienced designer. My wish is that these unique yarns will empower fiber artists to develop color design skills. Each set of yarn is individually crafted by my proprietary method using successive treatments with shifting concentrations of dye. Hence, the name ColorShift.

My gradients became so popular that others began to try to copy them, even trying to mimic my color selections, color names, photo styling, even my trade name. Having pioneered gradient yarns and seen the idea blossom, I am now in the odd position of being taken for an imitator . Being first means my experience offers superior quality and superb color. My reviews say it all!…

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  • Joined October 18, 2010

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The Original Gradient Yarn

About

Become your own favorite color designer!

These yarns come in a great array of related, coordinated colors that give confidence to the novice colorist, nuance to the experienced designer. My wish is that these unique yarns will empower fiber artists to develop color design skills. Each set of yarn is individually crafted by my proprietary method using successive treatments with shifting concentrations of dye. Hence, the name ColorShift.

My gradients became so popular that others began to try to copy them, even trying to mimic my color selections, color names, photo styling, even my trade name. Having pioneered gradient yarns and seen the idea blossom, I am now in the odd position of being taken for an imitator . Being first means my experience offers superior quality and superb color. My reviews say it all!

To eliminate knots and pilling, I worked with five mills before I found one to make consistently high quality yarn to my specifications. Milled exclusively for ColorShift from carefully processed, lustrous Merino, my yarn doesn't split when stitched, is incredibly durable to abrasion and laundering, and is soft and inviting to the touch. The joins are air spliced, never knotted. The long wool staples are not shredded or parched in processing, so you won't find brittle crumbles as with commercially over-processed fibers. Carding traps in barnyard bits and snaps the wool into pieces with split ends that cause pilling. But ColorShift wool is not carded; it is combed. It has the foreign matter and short fibers gently combed out, leaving behind only the long and healthy fibers fully intact. The state-of-the-art spinning process pulls fiber ends from the yarn surface into the core of the yarn to further discourage pilling.

I am a Senior Member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists with 30 years of studio and professional experience. My book "Color in Black and White" explains my methods for using color in design.

For great project ideas, visit the ColorShift blog
http://colorshiftyarn.blogspot.com/

Questions and comments are always welcome,
Erica

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