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what is this colour?

January 20, 2013

silk dyed in the purple hollyhocksnatural dyes 244

with an alum mordant it is very similar to  gromwell root without the lengthy, complicated dyeing process

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it is much grayer than the paper dyed in the same pot

I planned to start winding a warp today but it is difficult to find a combination of colours that is pleasing

maybe just stick it on the back of the shelf?

a little of the gold seems to add some life but that means changing the weave structure

back to the drawing board!

three stylized hollyhock leaves inside a circle was used as the crest (mon) for the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868)

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the yukata seen in this print (1920) by Hashiguchi Goyo, is a good example of the use of the hollyhock design

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  1. January 20, 2013 1:39 pm

    Really lovely color. SInce it seems rather complex, maybe keeping it simple with grays and navy blue might work?

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    • January 20, 2013 2:23 pm

      Kristin – it is complex. Blue in any shade screams,too much gray and it is dull, miserable and boring. I’m doing some wrappings and have changed to two thicks then two thins in both warp and weft – hoping that will help blend the colours.

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  2. January 20, 2013 4:14 pm

    i did the squint test on your yarns photo thinking it might help…and i couldn’t make a better decision based on that. the yarns and colors are very fine. i don’t have any advice, phew! but i do have encouragement: i think it will be beautiful based on your raw materials. yep.

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  3. myrajdunn permalink
    January 20, 2013 4:27 pm

    I could be wrong, Jean but I think the colour is puce.

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    • January 20, 2013 4:46 pm

      Myra – well done, you’ve given it a name
      Velma – two days of dithering over it, decision made, I’ll show the results when the winding is finished. I hate to make a big mess and waste all that silk.

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  4. January 20, 2013 6:56 pm

    The colours are lovely indeed. But perhaps our weak northern light makes our eyes hungry for bright colour at this time of year. I think the pale purples and blues will look just perfect in a couple of months.

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    • January 20, 2013 9:29 pm

      Heather – I’ve just finished winding the warp, hope to get it on tomorrow. Will see how it looks then.

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  5. January 21, 2013 5:05 am

    Mauve? But I do like puce as well. Either would do. The dependable supporting actor that makes the other colors look so good.

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    • January 21, 2013 8:08 am

      Alice – I’ve settled on puce, the colour on the paper is definitely mauve. Love your definition of supporting actor.

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