Saturday, January 20, 2018

Shire Plum Shenanigans

This month's entry, though posted later than usual, features three outfits using the seldom seen shire plum dye. Shire plum, like purple, yellow, sunset orange, is a very bold, very bright color. When working with these dyes, it's best to remember the phrase "less is more." Depending on what clothing or armor you're dyeing, you'll stand out like a sore thumb on a earthen-toned of muted landscape. You might blind yourself standing in bright sunlight. You might blind your fellowship. You might even blind Durin's Bane in the dark depths of Moria. You may not even need the Phial of Galadriel to stand toe to toe against Shelob!

Originally, I had some overly complicated outfits put together in the dressing room when I began using this color...and they were downright obnoxious. I took a couple of them to the landscape for a few days, curious how they would appear in practical landscape use. Needless to say, that first wave failed. For the second wave, I scaled back this particular project and found the next set of outfits to be far more visually appealing. It's this wave you'll find featured here. If you're on Gladden, you might get lucky and see me adventuring in these!

At this point, I can safely say I've had my share of bright colors for now! I don't even want to think what kind of work yellow (the one dye I've refused, so far, to use) will require if shire plum was this difficult...

Head: Circlet of Fresh-picked Flowers (Shire plum, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Shoulders: Supple Wildermore Shoulderpads of Tactics (White, T8 Tailor's Guild recipe or Wildermore reputation recipe)
Chest: Elegant Formal Dress (Shire plum, LOTRO Store)

Shoulders: Elven Traveller's Shoulder Guards  (Shire plum, T3 Tailor recipe)
Robe: Robe of Winter's Light (Shire plum, Yule Festival barter reward)
Feet: Rock-climber's Shoes (Shire plum, T6 Tailor recipe)

Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Shield-wall (Shire plum, skirm camp cosmetics vendor - Moria medium armor)
Back: Cloak of the Harvest Sky (Shire plum, Farmers Faire barter reward)
Chest: Tunic and Trousers of the New Bloom (Shire plum, Spring Festival barter reward)
Hands: Ceremonial Gauntlets of the Quiet Step (Shire plum, skirm camp cosmetics vendor - Moria medium armor)
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Quiet Step (Shire plum, skirm camp cosmetics vendor - Moria medium armor)


  1. the first one is lovely! Very bright, but it makes me think of a gondorian noblewoman. The last cloak also looks nice, the dark base hue plus shire plum makes it look like velvet :)

    1. Thank you! My mini runs around in that first outfit all the time! It's bright, but balanced, and it's easily my favorite of the three :)

      And when I saw what shire plum did to that Cloak of the Harvest Sky, I knew I had to use it! It also has some wonderful colors in it, depending what dye you use. The brighter the color, the more dramatic the effect!

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    1. I've had a couple of kinnies that love robes rant and rave about that one!

  3. The Elven Queen dress dyes very pretty in Yellow. That dress always lightens the dye used, so it turns out a very pretty light lemon.

    1. It does look pretty! Having that white tint in the dress makes some of those bright colors bearable. I may go exploring and see if I can find anything else that may dye that shade of lemon. Autumn leaf looks good too, although a bit more earthy. Close to a goldenrod, I'd say. Thanks for the tip!

  4. great outfits....keep on with your wonderful blog ;)

  5. Nice! The Winter's Light Robe & Harvest Sky Cloak are two of my faves to try different dyes with. (A must-have in the wardrobe.) Thanks for the info. and great pics. :)

    1. Thank you! I may experiment more with those in the future, especially the Robe of Winter's Light...if I can manage a cold weather outfit post :)


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