This past summer I received a little fat-eighth bundle of the Rubies collection from Michael Oakshott of Oakshott Cottons. I’ve been petting and ogling them until I decided the perfect use for these pretties.(Oakshott will be offering free shipping from Oct 3rd until the 10th if that just makes them even more tempting.)
These fabrics are nothing short of gorgeous. Shot cottons are created by using different thread colors in the warp and the weft during the weaving process. All of these are created with Ruby red thread one direction and a different colored thread going the other direction including yellows, greens, purples, etc. As a result the colors have so much depth and movement for ‘solids’. And they feel like silk.
Last week we performed one of my favorite autumn rituals – driving up the local canyon near our home into the mountains on what is called “The Alpine Loop.”
The color was even more spectacular than I’ve remembered it in recent years.
My progress so far. I’m using an Essex linen/cotton blend as the back ground. (I think it’s natural, but it might be darker.) I’m so antsy to keep going on this one! Then I’ll have a permanent reminder of my favorite season.