Category Archives: Bags

Totally Totes

Since the whole point of creating Oakshott Fabrics in the beginning was to fashion a blended, colourful world we love it when a creative designer comes up with a project that uses that USP to its maximum!

In other words, there are three fantastic designs in three colourways – so one of them must suit your colour world, surely. The kits (available from the online shop) come with pattern and fabric at just £38 each and the finished size is W10″ x H14″ x D3″ / 25 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm (excluding handles)

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That fantastic designer is Helen Butcher of Little Patch Pockets and she found herself inspired to create one tote; and then a second; and then a third:

NEEDLES AND PINS

I dropped my pin box, not for the first time, but the scattered sparkle of metallic slivers across the patchwork I was working on, and the table underneath, gave rise to an idea. By the time all the pins were picked up, I had designed this block. It is rarely that quick, however sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Always worth keeping your eyes, and your mind, open.

JACOB’S LADDER

This was the first of the three designs in this series and it grew out of a development of the traditional rail fence block. By setting the blocks on point you really get to see the full effect of the beautiful Oakshott fabric. I called it Jacob’s Ladder because it reminds me of a toy of that name I had as a child, a clever arrangement of wooden pieces joined by ribbons which cascaded when held correctly.

EN POINTE

I have always liked half square triangles, the design possibilities are endless. But I like to give an old idea a new twist so I added the floating inset squares to give little flashes of unexpected colour to the otherwise uniform side of this block. The name sprang from the shape of the triangles which made me think of the pointe shoes worn by ballet dancers.

Free patterns for Scandinavia

Download a free booklet  of Seven Schemes for Scandinavia. Seven whimsical designs use a Scandinavia Fat Quarter Pack and the bloggers (who answered a call from Lily’s Quilts) have produced a tutorial and giveaway templates/patterns, as appropriate. So get whimsical with:

Scandi Windmill, Sarah of {no} hats in the house used a traditional block and added a freesia pack
Hop House Pillow, a whimsical house from Amy of nanaCompany
Saskia, Rossie of r0ssie.blogspot brightened up her winter with a baby quilt
Seminole Piecework, Elaine of messygoat shares her pre-table runner wedding dress story
Sewing Pouches, Sarah of the last piece reined in applique ambition for speed and simplicity
Mountains from a Mole Hill, Nicholas of Quilts from the Attic was inspired by Scandinavian landscapes
On the Wings of Love, Lori Landenberger of SewPsyched in Anchorage, Alaska went baby sized

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See the patterns page for more free downloads.

Lipari Totes

We’ve just uploaded a new free booklet to our free patterns page on the website, on the Instant Colour page and right here!

Thanks to Sew Mama Sew you can dabble in some quick fashion fixes with six new totes that each use a Lipari Fat 8ths Pack. The booklet tells you a bit about each designer and takes you to their blog for the tutorials and patterns.

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Don’t forget to send us a picture of how you have interpreted these great patterns.

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Oakshott Across France

The wonderfully enthusiastic (and talented) Jacqueline Marangos not only uses and designs with Oakshott fabrics but sells them at festivals and exhibitions round France.

She has produced this beautiful little bag in Ruby Reds (kit available):

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Jacqueline Marangos bags Ruby Reds

English-speaking, button-mad Jacqueline runs L’Aigulle Boutique in Burgundy and has taken Oakshott fabrics to Nantes and Paris and in July (4-6) she will be at the Festival du Lin in Normandy.

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Avez-vous remarqué que cette année les couleurs sont vives et éclatantes comme pour chasser la grisaille de l’hiver. Cela change de nos beiges et noirs que nous aimons tant.  Des vestes, manteaux, bijoux, chaussures sont de toutes les teintes gaies et colorées et, oui, il y en a aussi pour la « quilteuse ».   Oakshott tissus pour patchwork vient de sortir 57 couleurs chatoyantes dans la gamme Colourshott, parfaites pour le patchwork et l’habillement.  

“Est-ce que c’est de la soie”? demandent 50 fois par jour des clients à l’Aiguillée en Fête ou Pour l’Amour du Fil à Nantes, tellement les tissus Oakshott ont un aspect soyeux et irisé. Non le tissu Oakshott c’est du coton,  100% tissé à la main en Inde, créé par  Michael Oakshott un anglais qui a grandi là bas. Il fabrique ces tissus dans le cadre d’un commerce équitable.
57 nouveaux coloris saluent le printemps avec une nouvelle  largeur  de 137 cm et un grammage légèrement supérieur ce qui vous permettra de faire non seulement du patchwork mais également de la couture.

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Sharing colour since 2010

We first met Fiona across a crowded exhibition aisle in February 2010 and have been having fun with her approach to sewing ever since!

Fiona Pullen runs the online sewing directory as a central UK online platform for sewing businesses to promote themselves and as a one stop site for people who love sewing so they can find details of suppliers, sewing workshops, free projects, sewing techniques, industry news, competitions, events etc.

She gets 60-70,000 visitors a month so she gets plenty of offers to contribute content, particularly if it involves  free fabric Emoji since they get to keep and enjoy what they make. For instance there’s a husband  wearing this tie to work now and loving it.

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It was designed by keen crafter Miriam Faulkner.  You can find Miriam blogging at moremiriam. Instructions are on the sewing directory site.

This was one of two  projects The Sewing Directory ran as a fabric challenge with Oakshott. Fiona shared the details of the fabrics on her site and invited people to submit ideas of what they would make with them.  She then chose her two favourite ideas and sent them the fabric to make up their items and write the tutorials (go to her original post here).

The second project was a perfect little evening bag (instructions here) by Anna Wilson (you can find more projects from her on her blog www.awilson.co.uk or find her handmade products on Etsy.

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