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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Interesting article about Indigo

Take a look at this article on the online magazine, Hand and Eye.  Learn about the symbolism of indigo in the African state of Benin.

Benin Blues - Article

Winner of the Pure Tinctoria Facebook Fan Page Draw!

Hi all,

I drew the winning name out of the hat yesterday and you can see it below:
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The lucky winner will receive a voucher code to win 200g of hand dyed sock or aran yarn of their choice.  We will be doing this again when we reach 100 Fans who "like" our page.  So to be in with a chance click on the Fan Page button on the right!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Colour Inspirations from Landscapes - 2

Take a look at my images of Scotland, posted on my Facebook profile:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=252764&id=770223841&l=7354c8f931

Pick your favourite by commenting on it and I'll produce a colour palette from the most popular image!  We can then have a discussion on which dyes we'd use to produce the colours!

I'll start you off with this image from the album:
I love the smokey colours and the deep indigo blues!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Colour Palette of the Month - December!

I love colour and find it really hard to work with neutrals and monochromatic palettes.  It's strange then, that in this monochromatic snowy and frosty landscape I'm beginning to adjust!

Monday morning, this week, was really frosty in the Trent Valley and I couldn't help but take this photograph at 8.30 while out for our morning walk.

When I downloaded the image from my Blackberry I was really taken with the lovely rich browns, creams and apricots,  moving me to use it as my palette for December and as my Seasonal Greetings card.  It puts a new twist on winter colours!  It's certainly not winter white, is it?



Dyeing the lovely rich colours would be a challenge and I think I'd use cutch (Thar) or sappenwood (Garden) with iron water for the browns and cutch for the apricot shade, with oak gall for the cream.  What would you use?
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