Introduction to A Perfect Red


grinding chochineal
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It was a discussion of Amy Butler Greenfield’s book, A Perfect Red, at the NCMA where this all too brief first experience took place. I’ve been intrigued for some time, so this was a perfect way to begin, by reading the book on the topic (cochineal), then a short but sweet hands-on.

We had a lively discussion over a light summer meal, then went on to the actual experience of the color and dye.  We looked at natural dye samples, then samples of wool with various results using different mordants.  Finally we experienced grinding it and then with dye that had already been prepared, we dipped a few textile samples.  It was delicious!

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7 Responses to “Introduction to A Perfect Red”

  1. Ronia Krieg Says:

    Don’t you just love the different shades of red you get with different mordants!?!?!? Gotta love those little crushed bugs! Can’t wait to see the results!

    • Susan Says:

      I do…love the color & variations…really stunning. Pretty amazing stuff! Can’t wait to see my results too, when I finally get there!

  2. Martine Says:

    I loved that book…………….

  3. neki rivera Says:

    one fun dye. easy to work with, for a change!

    • Susan Says:

      good to know! I feel like I’m more than knee-deep in the “ai” and as much as I love it, I do like playing with a contrasting color sometimes. This has some interesting things about it too….

  4. jude Says:

    i have some here, i should try.

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