Sunday, June 24, 2007

Weld Flowers

We spent the day yesterday mountain biking and in the company of friends so I didn't get around to posting. Here are the Weld flower dyed skeins. Again, the picture doesn't do the colors justice. The yellows are glowing yellow with a green undertone. A nice cool lemon yellow. The darker skeins have been modified with iron and are shades of olive green. I used Weld flowers at 100%, 50%, and 25% WOG* and in person, one can distinguish the light, medium, and dark DOS*. Working with Weld flowers is like making a very strong pot of camomile tea. It was a lot easier than working with Madder root. Tomorrow I will use Weld extract and report on the difference, if any. I will be temporarily leaving the reds and moving into the yellows of Weld, Fustic, Quecitron, and the Logwood colors. When those are done I will be revisiting some of the red colors with the addition of Cream of Tartar to the mordant bath to get different variations of the reds, and of course there is the Cochineal extract to try to not get purple again.
Today is also our 23rd wedding anniversary and my parents 46th wedding anniversary. So Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Off to celebrate. -Renee

*see glossary

1 comment:

dana said...

Happy Anniversary to you and to your parents! I hope your party is very festive. I have never dyed with weld flowers, but they are growable in this climate, so I am interested in trying them. I'm looking forward to the comparison with extracts.