The Queen of Pentacles has always been the card I choose to represent myself, whether for a tarot spread, a spell, or just for fun. Specifically THIS Queen of Pentacles, from this deck (the Morgan-Greer, if you're curious). I'm a little bit blown away by just how perfectly these colors work for the card.
I went into the Dye Garden dye day with my local Guild thinking that I would use the wool I played with as a weft for a personal piece, and when these colors came out of the dye pot I knew just what the piece was going to be about.
I still have a bit of experimenting to do: these skeins were mordanted with a combination of alum and cream of tartar. Other traditional mordants include copper and iron, both of which are useful as post-dye mordants to shift the colors. So I made sure to dye 3 mini skeins of almost every plant color here and once the woodstove is going for the winter, I'll simmer a skein of each color in a copper cauldron I happen to have and a skein of each in a cast iron dutch oven. I'm excited to see how much more variety that might give my colors!
Represented here are colors from tansy, marigold, indigo, a relative of the borage plant known as bug-loss, coreopsis, black eyed susan, and a pot of gleanings from my yard and woods including birch and alder and aspen and yarrow and rhubarb leaves.
This wool will go on the upcoming Minor Arcana warp to represent the Queen of Pentacles. Every piece on the warp will be unique, representing a different card, with most woven in all undyed yarns and then whole-cloth dyed after weaving in a variety of techniques.