Autumn’s here, and for more than a few of us, it’s time to start thinking about what we’ll wear over the next few cooler months. What yarns? What textures? Most importantly, what colours? The possibilities!
Janne Faulkner and Harley Anstee from Nexus Designs have put out the third edition of their singular book, Using Australian Colour. Their design practice has always drawn inspiration from the Australian landscape, be it urban and outback, and their method for drawing together palettes of complementary colour is easily applicable to any kind of work that involves colour.
Here’s a spread from their book that quickly shows how they ‘pull’ colour from an Australian landscape.
Source: Nexus Designs
As you can see from the colour swatches it’s a very effective way of finding complementary colours and tones – and you can always count on nature to get it right.
We’ve used one of Jules‘ shots from her latest blog post, featuring the most divine collection of mosses, and the above method to pull out some colours that we thought would work together beautifully for a jumper, scarf, cowl, rug or whatever your heart desires. In a nod to the season, it’s appropriately autumnal.
In Shibui Cima, we picked out, top row, from top left: Graphite, Ivory, Caffeine, Clay, Grounds, Fields, Ash, Lime, Rust.
In Pebble, we found these, from left: Brownstone, Sidewalk, Spore, Hedge, Grounds, Brick.
While you can never be absolutely sure until you swatch and see with colourwork, mixing and matching the options among the field of nine Cima presents lots of permutations. Interestingly, whether they be of two, three or five colours, the combinations seem harmonious and work together – even that lime green doesn’t really take over like you’d expect it to. It’s an interesting exercise, and you may surprise yourself with combinations you never thought would work together.
And … no sooner than we thought we were done talking about mixing Shibui yarns, their Spring/Summer Look Book lobs in. Here are some beauties too good not to share.
An Etch top, knitted in Linen and Cima.
Look at that texture in the bodice! Linen is a chain-plied yarn, so if you are wary of knitting with linen because it can be a little unyielding and the finished garment droop rather than drape, the chain ply overcomes those qualities. The fabric presents with crisp, neat and well-defined stitches, yet is supple, as you can see in this top.
Another beauty is Square, knit in Linen and Pebble.
Or this Cima cardigan, with its tidy i-cord piping.
In store news, we have new books:
The latest Amirisu is always worth a read with a cup of tea:
We’re unpacking boxes of Cleckheaton’s Superfine Merino and project leaflets:
Trying to choose between these delicious new self-striping Yarn Vs Zombies colours:
Welcoming back an old favourite, Rowan’s Original Denim, a cotton yarn that fades like denim:
And admiring these buttons of wood and shell, and flowery little beauties that are perfect for children’s clothes: