Take a look at this and see if you agree with me that the colours are really chaotic here,
This thread is a Lizbeth sample that I receive from Handy Hands together with my order many months back. I have not used it mainly because of the colour mix. Individually, I could have liked the shades but when put together like this, it is too much for me to handle. I decided to give it a go just to have a feel of Lizbeth since most tatters have shown a liking for it.
My first feel of this size 20 thread is that it is like Flora and I am not taken by it yet. I need to play with it a few more times to see if it will grow on me.
Now, back to the tatting above. Like I said, the colours are very chaotic. I can barely make out the shape of the design because the change in the shades are too stark and sudden. The colours are distracting me from the design itself.
Compare it to this one below,
And the point if this exercise is to gather opinions of fellow tatters on this question -
How does colours shape your opinion of a tatting design? Do you see the colours first then the design, or the other way round?
Granted that my choice of the multi-coloured thread for the first sample may be extreme, and that I have used solid colours for the second model, but the next point to ponder is,
Do you make a study of the design before choosing the thread, whether it would look good with variegated/mix coloured, or solids?
Or, do you just pick a favorite thread and start tatting?
As for my own thoughts, I feel that variegated/multi-coloured are better suited for a sparse design, or one where the blank spaces in the design compliments the tatted portion. I would not use variegated/mix-coloured where there are many switching of shuttles because of the many breaks in the colour flow of the thread, unless you keep with the SLTs. I would consider varigated/mix-coloured for a design that have more chains than rings because colour flows are reflected better in chains rather than rings.
These are my own personal views. I would love to read how you see colours in tatting.