Sandstone is a new colorway I created after a recent visit to New Mexico. All but the upper left inspiration photos were taken on my trip; most at or near the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Visiting ancient cliff dwellings has been an item on my bucket list since high school. I don’t even remember when or where I saw my first photo of the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, but it began a fascination with these ancient dwellings that I still feel today. It was awesome to see and walk the cliff dwellings in the Gila, but they’re much smaller than Mesa Verde, so they succeeded in giving me a small taste of what how truly amazing these dwellings are (and, more importantly, the people who built them) … which only served to my dream of seeing the dwellings at Mesa Verde. I’ll get there someday!
Anyway. As often happens with me, I came away from my trip to New Mexico with impressions of all the new colors I experienced percolating in my brain. Some were fairly specific, others really quite fuzzy. Sandstone is the first result from this trip, and for this colorway, I wanted to create a neutral with hints and pops of the desert colors around the cliffs. Sandstone is created by first dyeing a soft tan base color, and then speckling it with desert golds, tans, oranges, soft greens, and perhaps little bits of charcoal here and there.
Of course, I had to dye some new colors to go with it …
Sandstone looks great with Bog Cherry (Bog Cherry, Sandstone, and Autumn Sunset? Yes, please!) and a whole bunch of Lucky Pots I dyed as well, but I didn’t get photos of them before they got packed away for MDSW.
Another new colorway that’s similar to Sandstone (and would look great with it for a subtle contrast), is Fools Gold. This one is nearly the same speckles as Sandstone, but starting on a white base instead of tan.
What do you think? If you’re not headed to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, would you like to see Sandstone in my next online shop update?