Crafting Newletter


Apr 13, 2011

Fun Colors, Fun History about Colors

The first color wheel has been attributed to Sir Isaac Newton, who in 1706 arranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet into a natural progression on a rotating disk. As the disk spins, the colors blur together so rapidly that the human eye sees white. From there the organization of color has taken many forms, from tables and charts, to triangles and and wheels the history.

The History of Paint
Color has fascinated culture throughout history, every age and every region has produced dyes and pigment depending on the available resources. Color has been with us for more than 20,000 years. Evidence survives in early cave paintings and the ancient Chinese are considered to have brought its manufacture and use to a state of perfection tens of thousands of years ago.

Color was widely used by the ancient Egyptians and was considered to have magical and healing properties and around this time, 1500 BC, paint making as an art became quite widely established in Crete and Greece with the Egyptians passing their skills to the Romans. It was between 600 BC-AD 400 that the Greeks and Romans then introduced varnishes. For the Aztec Indians red dye was considered more valuable than gold and both the Indians and Chinese practiced Color Healing. A 2000 year old, Chinese chronicle, The Nei/ching, records color diagnoses.
Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century

by Susan C. Druding
Originally written for a Seminar presented in Seattle, Washington at Convergence 1982, a bi-annual gathering of weavers, dyers and spinners

The History of Hair Dye Colors
By Noreen Braman, eHow Contributor updated: April 20, 2010
Archaeologists have found evidence that as far back as the Neanderthals, humans have been using various things to change the color of both hair and skin. Ancient Gauls and Saxons dyed their hair various vibrant colors to show rank and to instill fear into enemies on the battlefield. Babylonian men sprinkled gold dust into their hair. By the time of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, plant and animal matter were being used on a regular basis to color hair. The very first mixtures could only darken the hair, but methods were found to bleach hair blond, often by exposing the painted hair to sunlight for hours. Throughout history, various means have been used to produce a full spectrum of hair dye colors.
Read more: The Hi
story of Hair Dye Colors

History of My Hat

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The history on this hat is that I wanted to learn a twisted crochet stitch and used some very cool loud colors. It was a freak of nature that it came out so cool!!

And now everyone sing along with me - and sing loud so I can hear you...

I'm Learning All My Colors
I'm learning all my colors,
I'm really very smart.
I put the colors in my head,
I know them all by heart.

I'm spelling all my numbers,
It's easy as can be.
And if I spell them all for you...
Then you'll be smart like me!


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  1. This was a great history lesson!

    And yes, I recycle denim. Lots and lots of denim!

  2. Great post! I love learning things!

    I use recycled denim too (like my Sis, Hillbilly Handiworks). I also try to save my scrap fabrics from larger projects to sew up into scrappy quilts. :)