March 18, 2009
As I study the grasses, I find more than green. In visioning my spring yarn, I am drawn to include an unexpected color- orange. Normally apart of the fall color scheme, I am seeing it everywhere. As the grasses mature, and seed, a band of orange appears in the wetland fields. I thought today would be about blues, and rain filled cloud colors- and I thought I’d be using my fermentation indigo vat. But before I move onto the colors of the sky, I am held by the colors of earth for one more day.
Today was toyon branches, and cochineal bugs, these two dye vats together helped me achieve this lovely orange on combed wool, or roving. An honest interpretation of the grasses I am observing in the wetlands. Yesterday it was powder pink (cochineal), and a soft mustard flower yellow (sage), I am using plant dyes to describe every jaw-dropping color scheme I see as I drive down the country roads, and even the I-80 freeway.