Anne Williams has got her card all planned out:
For the background of a handmade Christmas card I would use the gorgeous Celebes from the Colourshott range. This shimmering light blue fabric would create a wonderful snowy backdrop, the perfect foil for a festive design.
Wonder if Santa is listening?
My favourite tool, and one I always have close by when either hand or machine sewing, is That Purple Thang, an approximately 6in long plastic ‘purple thang’! One end is flattened into a 1/4in square, which is useful for checking your seam allowance as you stitch and also for holding seams in place as you feed patches through the machine; the other end has a rounded point, which is ideal for pushing, prodding, poking, stuffing… At under £5, perhaps whoever is putting the presents under my tree would like to give me the gift of a never-ending supply…
Rita of Red Pepper Quilts from down under is going traditional with a light twist:
Colourshott 24 Zinnia – fits in with a green/red Christmas theme but will still contrast with: a darker “tree” green, white for snow and red for Santa.
As for her sewing tool, anybody else discovered the pain free world of basting?
I’ve misplaced my Kwik Klip basting tool so I would love to see this under the Christmas tree. I pin baste my quilts and this tool is handy for closing pins effortlessly, no more sore fingers.
Helen Howes doesn’t actually celebrate Christmas but says a Fast Fat Quarter Ruler is good at any time!
Any card Helen made would be a riot! She just loves all colours and couldn’t pin down just one Oakshott, so here are some little fancies for fun:.
Over there amongst the Canadian snows (we assume!) Deborah Kemball has gone for a deep, warm colour:
I would choose the Midnight Blue as a background for a handmade card because the Campion red and Zinnia green I would use for the motifs would shine against this deepest darkest blue.
As for a sewing tool – a needle threader for aging eyes!
Hope you get your wish Deborah.
Our second respondent is Leanne of She Can Quilt who said:
If I were making a card with Oakshotts, I would probably pick either Bizzie Lizzie or Lichen as the background. I tend to like jazzier colours for the holidays.
As for a sewing tool, all I really want is more fabric. I always love beautifully crafted scissors or hand made sewing notions too, but the truth is I am well set up.
and who doesn’t share those feelings?
We asked some of our fabulous designers to tell us:
- which colour from Oakshott Fabrics they would choose as the background to a handmade Christmas card;
- and what sewing tool they would like to find under their Christmas tree.
So here’s the first response from Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
For her background she would use: “Colourshott white sand because it’s the perfect background colour – soft and warm – and it lets the other colours shine.”
And we hope that she finds under her Christmas tree, “A rotating cutting mat – something I’ve never treated myself to but perfect for trimming small blocks!”