I love playing with color so I was happy with this theme!
I was inspired by a color study book from 1821 -- a Scottish painter named Patrick Syme adapted an even earlier color study book, published in Germany in 1774! What set Syme's book apart from others in the genre for me, was that he chose items from nature that matched the colors he charted -- details like "Flax-Flower Blue [is found in]the Light Parts of the Margins of the Wings of the Devil's Butterfly."
I wanted to play with color interactions, so I built up several layers -- a background of horizontal batik stripes, an overlay of Lutrador painted with textile paints, a layer of couched cords, and some details of yarn butterflies, and small treasures from nature.
Well it looks like Blogger has changed things since the last time I was here, and I cannot figure out how to add captions to the photos! So the top one shows the whole piece -- it is hung up on our outside lattice; I did not create that fancy border!
The other picture shows a detail -- I love the effect of the Jacquard Lumiere paint on the Lutrador, but I don't like that stitch holes don't close up if you have to remove stitches! I would have liked to embroider or even machine stitch patterns around every square, but the heavy threads I wanted to use would have torn the edges, I think.
I have written more about how I made this piece at my own blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles. I hope you can drop in over there!