• Saturated colour

    March 18, 2016

    Feast your eyes on sumptuous woven textiles from rising star of UK textile design, Margo Selby. Margo's trademark three-dimensional fabrics result from a combination of innovative hand-woven constructions and industrial machinery. Rugs_HR_crop Upholstery_HR_crop Margo's work is sometimes described as 'quilterly' and her love of saturated colour fits right in with our own ethos. So, up until Monday 4 April 2016 (9.00am UK time) you can claim 20% off Margo Selby products by using the coupon code OAKSHOTT at the checkout on www.margoselby.com.* If you haven't got to this post until after that date you still need to check out her fantastic range of furnishing fabrics, bedlinen, jackets, scarves, rugs, towels, throws, art, and her famous cushions: Cushions_HR *Furniture, carpets and the Osborne & Little collection are excluded from this offer. See offer on Oakshott website. Read more
  • Jersey Waistcoat

    November 17, 2015

    We aren't surprised that this fine sight has made ripples: RichardMatlock This is Richard, married to Sarah Matlock, who wears this:
    "with his rag coat when he joins the Morris Men – he plays the squeeze box for them!  And he makes the melodeons that he plays!!"
    Sarah has now been commissioned to make this design in Oakshott Lipari which
    "is going to be much more elegant"
    Which we can't wait to judge for ourselves, 'cos we like the Colourshotts just fine: MatlockWaistcoat Why Jersey in the title? Well they are based at La Robeline Cider and Sausages on that lovely island – looks like a fine life! Read more
  • Grand smocking

    September 22, 2015

    Thanks to Jenny Putney for letting us have these charming photos of her granddaughters in the beautiful dresses she made and smocked for them using Oakshott fabric (plain and checked purple) purchased several years ago:
    Jenny-Pudney2-2 Jenny-Pudney1-2 "The fabrics were a joy to work with by hand and machine.  I used my smocking pleater to gather the fabric and matched the colours in the check weave to do the smocking which was my own overall design using ideas from a number of smocking books.  The scariest part was cutting the rectangle of smocking to the shape of the pattern and making sure that it was symmetrical ... Thank you for selling such a range of high quality fabrics to delight us all."
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  • A summer herringbone top

    July 10, 2014

    Lizzie Lenard has just become a fan of the new Calluna Herringbone ("it gives a very smart look to a garment"). Her aim was to make best use of a metre to make an adult's garment, and she had just the tiniest amount of the Harebell material left over.
    "It has been a great pleasure sewing with it. It was because I knew the cotton would hang well in gathers that I made a point of testing it with pleats.  Top marks, it holds a beautiful crease."
    2014-07birthday tops 022 Read all about the process in detail on her vintage sewing website and see more chat about the top, and vintage sewing more generally, on the fascinating We Sew Retro blog. Read more
  • Sharing colour since 2010

    May 25, 2014

    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. sewing-directoryTie-sharable 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. sewing-directoryEvening Bag Read more