Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Color study; purple
Here's my all purple block for my color study project. The lace is some that I dyed using the soak-water from black beans. I soaked the beans overnight and the next morning after I drained the water off, I soaked some lace in it for an hour or so, then put it into vinegar as a mordant. It gave this lace an overall purple tone with spots of blueish purple.
I included the 3 linked rings that are found on some antique quilts, some very pretty buttons, and a lovely purple iridescent spider on her metallic lavender web. I made good use of one of the Sassa Lynn threads that I bought from Susan; it's a variegated purple.
As I write this, I'm reminded of an old family joke. When I was a girl, I went with my grandmother to Montgomery Wards. She needed a good all-purpose coat, something that would work for the coolish weather of spring and fall. She asked the salesclerk if they had any all-purpose coats, and the clerk got a puzzled look on her face. "I don't think we have any all-purple coats...." We all got a good laugh out of it, and now it's a family joke to look for an all-purple coat.
Up next: the yellow block.