Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Pantone's Top 10 Colours for Spring 2017

I recently posted my Colour Palette for March with 5 lovely colours and while browsing the "net" earlier today I spotted a post on Design Taxi about Pantone's top 10 colours for Spring 2017 and noted some similarities to my colour palette!


The Pantone colours 13-0755, 14-1315, 17-4123 and 19-4045 are the ones I think are particularly close to my chosen colours.  Two of the other colours, 17-4123 and  18-0107 are close to two of my chosen colours for February 2017's Colour Palette, what do you think?

Monday, March 06, 2017

A Years Free Sewing Patterns from McCalls!

Follow the following link to enter the Love Sewing competition to get a years supply of sewing patterns from McCalls!  All you'll need to sew your handwoven fabric.
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Colour Palette of the Month - March 2017

We are just five days into the Month and Spring is beginning to show in my garden with a few miniature daffodils and the last of my snowdrops.  There is a little warmth in the sun when it does shine, so I'm going to continue this cheer with my Palette of the month.
This photograph was taken a few years ago in the evening and the light gave the blue background which I love against the pale yellow of the flowers.  It would make some lovely striped fabric or an unusual and interesting tweed.
I used a quick Stripe Generator to produce the following pattern.  The colours aren't strictly true, but it gives you a good idea of what can be produced.

With the tweed design I wanted something a little different, not true checks or diagonal stripes, but a bit more broken.

I hope you like the ideas I've developed and I'd like to hear if you've had a go at reproducing your own designs or even these.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Colour Palette of the Month - February 2017

I felt it was about time that I re-instated the Colour Palette of the Month Series, so I'm kicking it off with February's palette.  This image is of Darrynane Beach in Kerry, Ireland.  It was a fabulously sunny day and I had to shoot into the sun to get this image, which was quite tricky.   I got the sparkle on the sea and the very strong shadows which in turn gave me the lovely smoky colours for this palette.

I hope you like this Palette, it's a good one for Colour Blending with fleece dyed in the basic colours of Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and White for a striped jumper, Fair Isle knitting or as a nice muted tweed fabric.  I'd love your feedback so leave a comment if you feel like it.

Alison

Saturday, February 04, 2017

My Workshop Programme for 2017


I've been booked for quite a few workshops this year, so take a look at my Courses, Talks, Workshops and Exhibition Page above to see where I'll be teaching.  There are a number of Design for the Terrified Workshops this year, including two Master Classes for Wonderwool Wales.  I've not been back to Wonderwool Wales since I gave up Pure Tinctorial, so I'm really looking forward to going back.




Friday, September 02, 2016

Lace Weave Workshop

Since my last post about the Lace Weave Workshop the date has changed.  It is now Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 December.  So if you were interested but couldn't make the date in September you've another change to join us.  The contact details are the same, Janet Ellison, of Fibre East.

I'm really looking forward to tutoring this workshop, so hopefully I'll see you there.

Lace Weave Workshop

Since my last post about the Lace Weave Workshop the date has changed.  It is now Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4 December.  So if you were interested but couldn't make the date in September you've another change to join us.  The contact details are the same, Janet Ellison, of Fibre East.

I'm really looking forward to tutoring this workshop, so hopefully I'll see you there.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lace Weave Workshop in September

After the success of the Block Weave workshop in June, the lovely Fibre East team have booked me for another workshop, this time Lace Weaves, in September.  This workshop explores up to five lace weaves in either cotton or wool (yes, wool!), so if you're interested in the beautiful Scandinavian textiles that use these structures then why not book on this course?

Yes, wool!  Most lace weave fabrics are woven in linen, cotton or a mix of them both, but it's equally beautiful in wool for soft draped scarves, striking cushions, blankets, etc.  Don't let your pre-conceived ideas prevent you from having a go at weaving them in wool, the UK's most versatile fibres.  The course is designed so that every student will pre-warp their own loom in one of the structures and in the workshop will share their looms with each other, in a "round robin", so that everyone goes home with swatches in each structure, some in cotton and some in wool.

Below are two shawls I was commissioned to make a few years ago, in Huck Lace.  Both are hand woven in silk and cashmere.




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