12.04.11 experiments in color

First thing today, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has been so great and supportive since I started Pennyroyal.  I feel so much love and am overflowing with gratitude to have people like you in my life.  Blessed.  Really blessed.  You all make me smile.  xoxo

Yesterday I finally got some time to play around with the new natural dyes I received in the mail.  I have been trying to get some darker colors - more grays.  The purples, oranges and pinks are fun to use and the colors are really pretty, but, I have been on the hunt for something richer.  Darker.  Moodier.  So, yesterday I got to play chemist again.  With my big pot of bubbling liquid emanating strange smells.  This was my first attempt so there is lots of room for improvement and variation.  I have to say, however, I am really, really happy with the way it turned out.  The fabric in the photo is a natural light cotton canvas.  The final color after washing and drying is a soft, washed out dark gray with a background of blue almost purple.  This I am going to use for a custom clutch on order.  The clutch will be similar to the one in my etsy shop - lovely little indigo dyed clutch - but bigger - longer.  With the top fold over made out of vintage fabric.  Not sure what yet, but something lovely.  And lined with some other gorgeous, soft vintage fabric.

It is also time for another trip to Urbanburp, my all time favorite fabric store.  I am on the hunt for some more winter colors.  Oranges.  Reds.   Who knows...maybe they will have some really great plaid.  I could have fun for days with some good plaid.