Lighter Brown Background
Following Dot Ebi's formula listed in the previous blog, I dyed (using Cushing Dyes) this spot on rust colored wool that I purchased from Dorr Mill. The formula used salt, which I had not done before. I was pleased with the result, but I'll probably go back to my white vinegar mordant.
Here is how the background looks once it's hooked. This is an exercise for me. I am following a color plan for this rug by teacher Peggy Hannum that appeared in the McGown Newsletter of May 2001. Peggy completed this mat in 2000. As I posted before, I've never begun a rug with a color selection completely planned by another artist. I like these results, but I can't help wondering... what would this have looked like with a deep royal purple background?.... would the yellow of the flowers with the complementary purple color be more striking?... would the yellow-green in the leaves and stems pop?