Ah, yummy colors at last. The picture doesn't even come close to the beauty of the color even though I tried hard to get it right in Photoshop. The three open skeins at the top left hand corner were modified with iron and are a lovely blackened raspberry color. The colors just glow, not in a florescent way but with an inner light of their own. The Cochineal dye took very well, hardly any dye washed out in the final wash. I couldn't take my eyes off the skeins when they were drying. I kept wandering over to the dye area and would stand there gazing at them with visions of tapestries going through my head. That is the ultimate destination of the natural dyed skeins from this project. They will be used in tapestries. I am hoping to get a small one woven before spring.
I have added a few comments to my notes on this batch. I can tell the difference between the different DOS*, but not easily. I would spread the dye percentages out a bit more to get more of a difference. Trying out the percentages is the only way you can learn the need to do that though so I am satisfied.
Even though I knew I would be getting bright colors in the red family, I am still in awe that so much vivid, lively color comes from a little dried grey bug. Nature is truly amazing. Who says that bugs aren't beautiful?
How do you connect with the natural world? I believe we humans tend to forget that ultimately we are part of this earth and nature. I think I will go walk Twill in "our" woods this morning! -Renee