Thursday 7 November 2013

Fashion for the drab

I own up straight away for pinching the wonderful post title Claire Wellesley-Smith.

Last Saturday I went to her Muted palette workshop.  Had a very relaxing learning day discussing the muted palette and dyeing with French marigolds, walnuts, surprisingly Herb Robert ( Geranium Robertianum) of which I have lots in my garden, and many more.  As recommended by Claire I will leave them a while before rinsing and they will be used for quilting projects.

Key drab into google and it comes up with the following:
drab 1   (drb)
adj. drab·berdrab·best
a. Of a dull grayish to yellowish brown.
b. Of a light olive brown or khaki color.
2. Faded and dull in appearance.
3. Dull or commonplace in character; dreary: a drab personality. See Synonyms at dull.
1. A dull grayish to yellowish or light olive brown.
2. Cloth of this color or of an unbleached natural color.

[Alteration of obsolete French drapcloth, from Old French; see drape.]

I personally love the "drab" colour palette it's organic and natural qualities are certainly not what people use the term 'drab' for today.

Thank you - as always inspiring, calming, knowledgeable - you always come away with wonderful historical facts about the amazing history of our textile heritage when you spend time with Claire.