Day 12 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library Challenge

Following on from yesterday’s less than fabulous sample, I wanted to try and correct the issues which presented themselves – too straight of lines, no spaces, lack of design integration. I made some headway with today’s sample! It is quite ‘challenging’ to get the colour challenge, the design challenge and the felt challenge all coming together in the same sample….all in less than 24hours (what was I thinking!!).

Back has a really gorgeous unity to it because of the Black Tissue Silk Fabric.  Lovely structure to the felt as well.

Materials: Basic Black Tissue Silk Fabric. Hand dyed superfine Merino tops in Nomad, Emerald, Terracotta. Colour Nuance wools: Cumin, Mud Honey, Urban.

Day 11 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library Challenge

I had to let go of expectations on this one. It didn’t do what I thought it would as far as movement, design, space…. but it has potential. Re-creating another one for tomorrow to see if I can overcome some of these issues. The back is totally different and has potential as well.

Because I used Black Tissue Silk fabric on the back, the results look totally different. Quite interesting!

Materials: Tissue Silk fabric Basic Black. Hand dyed superfine Merino tops in Nomad, Blum Gum, Boysenberry, Midnight Blue, Black Currant. Colour Nuance: Sea Spray. (the colours didn’t photography perfectly true…)


Day 10 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library Challenge

Well, the laying-out phase looked soooo much better than the end results! Dratz!! At least I’m learning important lessons in ‘what not do’. Bold design imagery is not great when using a soft palette of colours. I also didn’t leave enough space between stripes, too many merged into one another. The best thing about is the beautiful drape the Silk Mesh. Overall poor results.Mesh

The back has some potential….

Materials: Silk Mesh fabric in First Light colourway. Hand dyed superfine Merino tops: Smoky Quartz. Nuance Wool: China Blue.


Day 9 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library Challenge

Have I gone too far this time – are these still stripes??? Had a disastrous sample yesterday (which I won’t show you…), but learning heaps about technique! I love the movement I managed in this sample and given a larger area more could be done.

Materials: Paj Silk Fabric in Kangaroo Paw. Hand dyed Superfine Merino tops in Kangaroo Paw and Heartache. Nunace Wool: Celery.

Day 8 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library 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 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library 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 – Natural Rhythms 30-Day Library 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.