The notice board for a forthcoming collection develops before I start work on the sketchbook and sampling.
For Step into Spring, I have been collecting images of spring narcissus, primroses, tulips, wintersweet, magnolia, cherry blossom. I have been particularly attracted to the sky blues, whites, and shades of yellow with hints of spring green.
While the images on the noticeboard keep the new theme in my mind while I am working, it also helps me with choosing colours and collecting the fabrics and yarns. I collect fabrics and yarns that work with the colours like a magpie until I have a whole box full (see photo 2), then when I am ready to start work on the new theme, I start on my sampling, to see how the materials work together with different textures, patterns and designs.