For a long time I had the idea for overdyeing the pleated silk to create complex colours that are difficult to pin down and reveal a whole array of unexpected blended hues at closer inspection. I find colours like that very pleasing.
Dyeing with plants lends itself perfectly to this purpose because the colours seem to have a similar quality. As Rita Buchanan says in her wonderful book, A Weaver's Garden,
"Dyes from plants are not pure and refined but are blends of different colored substances. This impurity, I think, is what gives plant-dyed fibers such appealing richness and subtlety of shade. It also explains why plant-dyed colors 'all go together'. One color will dominate, but it contains hints of other colors."I knew from previous dyeing experiments that that's true. What still surprised me was the array of colours I got and also their perfect autumness. The series then came together as if it wasn't me making it, which is a romantic notion but it tends to seem like that with projects I've been carrying round in my head for ages.
Over the weekend I just need to write the descriptions and the shop will be open on Monday.
Thank you for reading.