Category Archives: Patchwork

Knotted Cotton’s Anemones

Just a quick catch-up with our friend Catherine at Knotted Cotton; she used Oakshott purples as a reflection of her love of flowers. Have look at her full story on:

Four in Art 3: Colour/Purple Passion – “Anemones”


I used shot cotton for the flowers, because it has a lovely sheen and catches the light beautifully although it is difficult to capture the full glory of it in a photograph.  The different colours in the warp and weft make it far less ‘flat’ than a standard coloured fabric.

Mono impact packs

Oakshott have created little bundles of monochromatic impact; in this case we have picked out seven bundles, each one based around one colour with complementary tints, tones and shades added. Each combination comes as Fat 8ths, Fat Quarters and Half Metre Blocks:

Sky Half Metre Block
Sky Half Metre Block
Tangiers Fat Quarter Pack
Tangiers Fat Quarter Pack
Atlas Half Metre Block
Atlas Half Metre Block
Kew Fat Quarter Pack
Kew Fat Quarter Pack
Asparagus Fat Quarter Pack
Asparagus Fat Quarter Pack
Buttercup Fat Eighth Pack
Buttercup Fat Eighth Pack

To help your thought processes about monochrome why not have a read of a page on our website dedicated to monochromes in the wider world of fashion and home decor.

Don’t forget to send in photos of your Monochrome masterpieces.

Patchwork Pennant

Pop on over to read the story of this Star of Bethlehem block (English paper pieced and using an Oakshott Fat 8th pack) and see more pics from Jo Avery at myBearpaw,


who said:

“The tassel was made to match. It was a lovely project to work on, as always the Oakshott was a joy to work with, and I particularly like the ‘tab’ hanging loops. This could easily be adapted to make a cushion or a square mini quilt.”

Alternatively, buy the November 2015 issue of Popular Patchwork in which it features!

What’s black and white and…

… full of colour?

Congratulations to the versatile Anne Williams on her new eponymous website. You may well already have read her words on quilting, textiles and crafts given her involvement with The Quilter and … (but why spoil your visit to her site, where you can read so much more?)


Of particular relevance to Oakshott is her blog on the 1718 Patchwork we talked about in September.

Anne is a quilt designer, on top of being an editor and writer, so look out for future blogs on her work.

1718 Patchwork in 2014

Great excitement at Oakshott when our fabrics were chosen by the Quilt Museum in York for the kit to go with their 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet exhibition (5 September–13 December 2014).

The 1718 Coverlet’s 60 exquisitely sewn blocks use a mosaic patchwork technique and illustrate the maker’s surroundings. This is just one small section from the coverlet:

1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet detail

This is a rare chance to see a textile treasure which is normally kept in storage to prevent its deterioration. But if you can’t get to York by 13 December then you can still see the coverlet in detail in Susan Briscoe’s fascinating book The 1718 Coverlet. This book contains a fascinating history of the original and the story of how The Quilter’s Guild made a replica (also on show). If you want to make your own coverlet then the book also contains both original and modern instructions (and Susan is  running a workshop on 11 October 2014).

1718 book and fabrics_lo res

The Quilters’ Guild  selected 16 colourways from Oakshott’s New Colourshott collection.  Describing their choice, Susan says:

“Oakshott cottons are perfect for a project like this because their quality and colour intensity produce a wonderful iridescence: they look like silk, yet they’re actually 100% mercerised shot cotton.”

The fabric selection is available from the Quilt Museum’s online shop as pre-cut Fat Eighths or Fat Quarters.