Iris-Inspired Colorways

This year I decided to do more than just count my irises. For those of you new to my blog, I used to count them and documented that count on my blog. If you’d like to see some of my other irises and read about their history, search iris or iris count.

I love seeing some old friends and some surprises (those that haven’t bloomed in awhile) add color to our landscape. Here are a few of the beauties.

irisescollage1First I decided to bring them inside to enjoy instead of admiring them from afar.


Then, since I’m always looking for colors to use in my art I looked to the irises for inspiration. I searched through my dyed fabric and came up with several iris-inspired colorways.

wineandltgoldfabriccarnivalsongfabricrustiriscolorwayIt amazed me when I saw the colors together. Yes, they look good, but I wouldn’t have chosen those combinations.

Once the irises are gone in a week or so, I’ll still have their colorways to play with. It’s been so much fun for me to combine my loves of gardening and dyeing. Does nature inspire your art?