colour palette : nubby delight

colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb

Good morning, good morning!
Oh and it feels so good to be getting back to making these lovely colour palettes. I have missed them very much indeed and can't think of a lovelier way to begin than with the very first instalment of Barkcloth Bliss!?
As I said yesterday, from the pile of yummy swatches dear Polly sent me there was a particularly nubby piece that I instantly fell in love with and this is that beauty. Isn't it delicious!? The print itself it a beauty with such a delicious painterly quality as though the artist has worked directly onto the fabric with their brushes...


Oh and the colour... *swoon* ...while the tones are slightly muted as you might expect from a pre-loved vintage fabric they also have a wonderful depth and vibrancy, just as Polly talked about yesterday. As the fabric itself is so thick and nubby it will have absorbed a huge amount of dye during the printing process. Having studied screen printing during my college years I can just imagine the huge dollops of dye that the screens would be loaded with and then of course the excitement at lifting said screen to see the print begin to emerge in all it's glorious colour. Wonderful!

colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb
colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb

However, despite it's rough looking nubby texture it is the softest piece of fabric to handle and I can understand why Polly has such a passion for this fabric. It almost begs to be worked with because at the merest touch it is impossible not to imagine blankets, beautiful lampshades and all sorts of other pretty things.

As you can see I also got carried away with photographing it because of how gorgeous it looks with a few macro shots, this is when you can really see the depth of colour going on in there. Alongside the swatch in it's entirety and the overall colour palette in the first picture, which I am completely in love with, it was really interesting to isolate a few tiny wee sections of this swatch to explore that depth of colour. Just look at these delicious mustard yellow, pinks and greys. So beautiful!

colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb
colour palette : nubby delight, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Barkcloth Bliss / photograph © emma lamb

Barkcloth Bliss indeed, it is only day one and I have been completely seduced by this nubby fabric already!

** edited to add ~ Hop on over to Folly & Glee to check out Polly's lovely follow up post for a wee peek at some other very yummy floral barkcloth swatches! **

Emma, x

ps - Please do pop by lovely Polly's blog to read her lovely intro post for Barkcloth Bliss and a wee bit from me on why I love to curate colour palettes.

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11 comments

  1. Love the colour charts :) i might try doing one myself. gorgeous tones

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  2. I'm in love with barkcloth, too...the weave is beautiful.

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  3. I can't get enough of barkcloth! I have one of Polly's shades (a patchwork one so that there were more fabrics in it!)
    I buy it whenever i can get hold of it. I look forward to your new Barkcloth Bliss posts. Yay! (For more barkcloth beauty pictures check out my flickr and pinterest!) Sorry for the plug but I have to share the love!

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  4. Bark cloth is so gorgeous, it is hard to understand how it disappeared from the scene for so long. How could you not love the texture and variety of this fabric.

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  5. Such lovely colours. I have never (knowingly) come across barkcloth before - thank you for sharing!

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  6. Love these colours so much, they are perfect for every season. I think I need a cardigan in that lovely shade of raspberry!
    Sophie x

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  7. This is really such a beautiful palette, Emma. I enjoyed the macro shots. Have you seen the new collection "England Swings"? It reminds me of you, just not muted.

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  8. Gorgeous combination of colours. x

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  9. I don't think I've ever had the delight of finding barkcloth. I really love all the colors! Perhaps I'll have to put forth a bit of money for a swatch just so I can understand the raptures of delight you and all other crafty bloggers seem to find in the fabric!

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