Our merry band of dyers reconvened, armed with the bounty of the season...
solidago (goldenrod), spent blooms of deep purple hollyhocks,
madrone bark, perennial sunflowers,
the last of the red carrot tops,
and a sumptuous, aromatic pile of wild blackberries.
Cooked to (hopefully) perfection.
Finally, I was able to attain two of my favorite colors on the same cloth...sage green
I almost fell into a swoon.
Of particular interest was the mottling effect caused by
the resist marks of the blackberry seeds.
As it happens, I am nearing the end of this very good read...
along with the "heroine" of the story.
Nearing her end, that is.
After finishing Ahab's Wife (also penned by Naslund), I was craving more by this author
and although I have not been quite as captivated throughout this one,
it has been a fascinating walk through the decadence and royal life of 1700's France nonetheless.
I don't know what has happened to me.
I hated Chemistry in school and never before have I been attracted to *historical* books,
even fictional ones.
Now, I seem to be quite obsessed with both.
I found myself pre-mixing a copper mordant
to see if the carrot top bath would become an enhanced shade of green,
and today I'm contemplating the best method to perform lightfastness strip tests
on the cloth life of a blackberry!
When I gaze at this portrait of Marie Antoinette, I barely notice its finer attributes
such as the delicately honed lace detail or the luminous quality of the skin.
Instead, when I look at this scrumptious painting
painted by Her Majesty's most beloved court painter , Elizabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun,
I wonder about the color source for the blue dye of that silk dress...