Gonin's technique to make two-colored wool was simple to describe but difficult to execute well. Fold a well-fulled cloth in half, stitch together securely, and dye one side carefully. When finished, remove the stitches, refold and re-stitch, and dye the cloth in the lighter color. The combinations Gonin chose were scarlet and rose; crimson and blue; green and scarlet; marigold and aurora; dark crimson and dark violet; dark orange and green; light purple-red and yellow; blue and white; golden brown and dark blue; cinnamon and green; and blue and scarlet. Pierre-Joseph Macquer complained that the technique was well-known and the combinations were not harmonious. Source: From "Draps de deux couleurs différentes à  l'endroit et à l'envers a l'intention de ceux d'Angleterre par le Sr Gonin. Rapport de Macquer du 14 avril 1769." AN F/12/1330.

From The creation of color in eighteenth-century Europe by Sarah Lowengard

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  • European: 1400-1800
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  • François Gonin's wools dyed in two colors, 1769. Gonin's technique to make two-colored wool was simple to describe but difficult to execute well. Fold a well-fulled cloth in half, stitch together securely, and dye one side carefully. When finished, remove the stitches, refold and re-stitch, and dye the cloth in the lighter color. The combinations Gonin chose were scarlet and rose; crimson and blue; green and scarlet; marigold and aurora; dark crimson and dark violet; dark orange and green; light purple-red and yellow; blue and white; golden brown and dark blue; cinnamon and green; and blue and scarlet. Pierre-Joseph Macquer complained that the technique was well-known and the combinations were not harmonious. Source: From "Draps de deux couleurs différentes à  l'endroit et à l'envers a l'intention de ceux d'Angleterre par le Sr Gonin. Rapport de Macquer du 14 avril 1769." AN F/12/1330.