I had an absolute blast putting the colours together for the latest Colour Club and while I was doing it I was thinking of you.
I get a lot of questions on selecting colours and so I thought I might give you some tips to help.
I usually start with a theme, which can be anything really... for me it's usually nature, or the world around me, but for Colour Club it has been based on Textile Artists I admire. This quarter is was a piece by the talented Hans Peter Sundquist.
I started with a picture of my inspiration;
Pulling from my Merino collection in the shop I was able to pick out most of the colours used in my original image and pare these down to the ones I found pleasing.
Here they are lined up with some Ryeland from the shop for texture.
In this case it was easier as I had a very stylised image to work from, but you can do the same in a picture from your garden for instance where there is a riot of colour.
This is a picture I took at Killerton House a few years ago.
I have selected 7 colours from this picture, but you could pick less, or more for your batt.
There are no hard or fast rules on how many of these colours you choose to work with, it depends on how mottled you want your batts to look (more colour = more mottled effect). It is however important to test your colour choice before you make a large project batch of batts. Sometimes too many colours can 'muddy' as you spin, or felt... which can be like mixing all the ends of your ice cream sundae together... it might taste nice, but it's not pretty!
My advice is to try a few variations and keep a note of how you made each batt, then test drive them in spinning or felting and see which one you like... maybe the next variation needs more green, like the picture, or one less colour??
Have a go!
If you are new to carding batts you may want to look at my other tutorials;
Here are my finished Batts;