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Things are crazily busy here. I'm getting ready for Unravel, which means preparing enough stock to do this.
It gets easier after this first show, as there's usually some stock leftover I can use as my starting point. I always try to bring enough fibre so that people coming on the Sunday still have plenty of choice, so usually end up taking some home with me. For now however, I'm in a dyeing frenzy, particular as I had 3 club parcels to get out at the end of this month.
Enough of my moaning (not really, I enjoy my job, and like hard work). There's something new to show you. I launched the first colours of my Gradient Packs just before Christmas, and the second set of colours are now available as well.
All the gradients are based on an image that I've found on the web somewhere. Pinterest is great for this, if I find a picture I like I can just pop it up on my gradients pinboard, and come back to it when I'm ready to start developing new colours.
Follow Hilltop Cloud's board Gradients on Pinterest.
The packs are 140g of fibre, sometimes 100g is a bit of a tight squeeze for some patterns, so this gives you a bit more felxibility. In them are 20g of 5 main colours, and the 10g of 4 transition colours, these let you move from one main colour to the next without an obvious stripe as they contain elements of the 2 shades either side of them.
Just like with all my fibres there's more to them than meet the eye. Each blend is made up of a combination of colours, all with a base of undyed fibre to tie them together. It makes for a really subtle, shimmering gradient, something really special. I hand card lots and lots of rolags to work out what colours to use, making notes and altering as I go along, once I'm done the rolags all get spun up in to a skein of stripey yarn, no point in wasting all that hard work!
Two of the original 4 colours have sold out (or are about to), these are limited edition, once the 25 packs have sold then they're gone for good. In a way this is good though, as it means I can keep evolving the collection each month, creating brand new colourways.
Here are January's colours.
If you head over to the Pinterest board I'm pretty certain you can work out what inspired them!
I'm about to start work on developing February's colours, and I'd like your help! Do you know of any awesome pictures out on the web that would make for a beautiful gradient? Don't be shy, share a link in the comments, and your picture might become a gradient pack of it's very own.
You can find the Gradient Packs in the shop.