Day 8 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

Having fun applying Fibonacci’s principles to designing my stripes and colours.

I used a needle-felted batt on the back and what I love is the bleed through of colours from the front creating a plaid-like effect on the back. Pretty nice happy accident!

Materials: Nuance Superfine Merino tops in Turkish Red, Terracotta, Blimey LImey, Black Pearl. Hand dyed Sari Pink. Needle-felted batt in a beige (sorry can’t remember where I got it from).

Day 7 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

Working with stripe blocks of colour again. I was hoping to have graduation from one colour into the next, so in-between colours could be read as stripes (but this didn’t happen). Think I need to make a sample much longer than 50cm x 50cm to get the effect I was trying to create. I also experimented with using multi-layers of the Silk Mesh to obtain colour movement, and test its possibilities. There are between 2-4 layers of mesh in any one stripe, the fabric created is more a jacket weight cloth.


Materials: Silk Mesh in Regrowth. Superfine Merino tops Colour Harmony Regrowth

Day 6 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

Today’s challenge was more of a technical challenge. I want to see if I could translate into felting the stripes from a favorite print from artist Michele Drew. I should have used a darker grey in hind-sight, and I will be working on resolving the construction of the lines, not quite happy yet…

Materials: Colour Nuance: Cumin. Hand dyed superfine Merino tops in Riverstone and Pebble.

Day 5 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

Feeling more ‘classical’ today. Thought I would expand on what was happening in the Day 3 sample by spreading the Silk Mesh strips further apart and let the black wool become a stripe as well. A very easy solution.

Materials: Nuance Black Pearl Superfine Merino wool tops and Silk Mesh fabric strips in Snowy Owl, Silverback and Ironbark

Day 4 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

What constitutes a stripe anyway – are these stripes? How does our mind interpret the marks we see? Do you like the front or the back better? Is it more stripe-like vertically?


Materials: Superfine Merino tops hand-dyed Nomad, Wasabi, Lilly Pilly. Nuance Wool: Royal Indigo, Sea Spray. Paj Silk Colour Marks Fiesta

Day 3 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

Very easy one. Laid down irregular scrap strips of of Silk Mesh with Black wool. Which do you like better Horizontal stripes or Vertical stripes? Interesting how differently they read. The fabric is light and has wonderful drape and luster

Materials: Silk Mesh in Jamberry, Heartache, Outback, Adobe, Tamarillo. Nuance Black Superfine Merino tops

Day 2 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

Day 2!  Done and dusted, up early… Playing with how blocks of colour work as background. Enjoying this process!! A few correction will be done next time, but that is what sampling is about….

Colours in hand dyed Superfine Merino tops: (starting at top of photo) Burnished Brown, Stormy Blue, Riverstone, Henna, Red Dog, Straw, Pebble. Tissue Silk: Peri Peri

Day 1 – Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

First sample is done! That was fun! Learned a lot. Main aim to see what happens to stripes when they are ‘shadowed’ behind tissue silk and to let the stripes be a bit more organic.


Colours: Urban and Celery Nuance wool. Eucalyptus and Linger hand dyed wool. Linger TIssue Silk fabric. Forgot to photograph another colour I used called Sage


My Stripe Library 30-Day Challenge

I here by declare that for the next 30 days I am setting myself the goal of designing a 50cm x 50cm felted stripe sampler. My aim is to create a Library of stripe designs which explores the language of how stripes and colour interact in felt (plus I would love the bliss of being creative everyday!) If anyone would like to join me, you are most welcome! I’ll cheat today and post the first stripe piece I ever made. I use to hate stripes….Nancy Ballesteros

Have You Fulled Your Felt Enough?

Have you FULLED your felt enough?? One of the most common mistakes is to not fully felt your felt (Figure 8). These samples are from the same piece of Nuno felted Silk Mesh (Snowy Owl colourway) and superfine Merino tops (Black Pearl). Sample on the left has NOT been fulled enough – it will eventually pill and loose shape. Sample on the right has been fulled twice to reach the best results. Shrinkage was almost 50% , 10 -15 grams (.35 -.53 ounce) of wool was used per 1 metre square (40 inches square) of Silk Mesh fabric to created a lightweight nuno felted cloth. click here for more information (go to our article on Felting Instructions – Fully Felted Felt – Final Considerations).