I am NOT going to get “Turkey Red”, that infamous oh-so-desirable shade of yumsh from madder.
As i said in a previous post, sometimes i think i could take purism too far and why would i then stultify things if i don’t get the results i was “supposed” to??
It’s all fine and dandy to say with one’s nose in the air “I ONLY use natural dyes/ecoprints/natural processes”, but one’s nose can get awfully full of shit at the same time when birds fly over (and there’s that walking into walls aspect also) If i wait until i get just the Right Red, i am never going to get this piece started!
Peaches, apricots, corals and pinks ain’t so bad, done in a cool “vat” as per Jenny Dean’s newest book. They are in the red family after all, and that is what i was concerned with. I’ll leave them another couple of days to see if any deepening occurs.
I want real red? I still ain’t going to get it, but this is okay too, from OTC dyes:
Obviously someone at the factory put plum in the cardinal red package and i had to scoot some scarlet in really fast to get a modicum of the colour i needed. The scarlet alone is too orange, might as well have stuck with the madder then, groan. Except i know i’m not equipped or knowledgeable enough to get a large piece reasonably saturated. I’m not worried about the separations of hue here or any of the accidental patterning, as the whole will be stitched within an inch of it’s cotton harem cloth life.
I started my stitching sample (I just KNOW this pic is going to incur a lot of hits)–the first area looked suspiciously like a ACK! Vagina!!! NOT what i was going for, despite the feminine aspect this is being sampled for!
Sweating a bit, and giggling nervously, i persevered and this is what i wanted:
I have some actual red madder dyed cotton thread, bought from Indigo Moon a year or so back. On greyed cotton above, it shows pinker than red, but ya gotta go with what’s at the fingertips–maybe Karma is trying to tell me something. All of this embroidery will be on the red background, rather than a rusted one–i needed to see the effect with no interference from the chromaticity. I have a definite idea of the design, but perhaps all these colour adjustments are happening for a reason.
It is what it is. It will be what it will be.