They are shot cottons where the warp and the weft threads are two different colours and in the case of the Rubies, these have the same ruby red warp- you can see them on the left here:
and a range of colours in the weft, from yellow to blue- seen on the right. Oakshott have a fabulous
photo of this, The colours seem more exaggerated here on the bolts but it gives you an idea!
The effect is a collection with depth that shimmers and put me in mind of ripening strawberries.
This is the first summer that I have persuaded Lula to eat strawberries. It has taken twelve years for her to like them, but now she loves them and we have had a lot, although I don't think there can ever be enough.
You get the idea! I made six, 6" blocks in all, enough make a curtain ( with a little sashing to space them out) for my skinny kitchen window.
The linen was from an old Habitat curtain picked up at the carboot sale, the white background is Kona snow. I used various greens but the cute little smiling plates you can see in the strawberry below is a Michael Miller print, 'Any Cup Will Do' from Eternal Maker. I also used the green brush print from Summersville, a little Suzuko text print, a Lecien dot, a timeless treasures road print and some vintage pin dots,
The strawberry is available as a pattern at Sew-Ichigo and at our Craftsy store and it is an easy one I promise! If you have done a little paper piecing before you should have no problems with this Penny and I designed our two latest patterns with beginners in mind!
I have plenty left of Ruby Reds left and whilst going through my fabric drawers I found the perfect match, ruby reds and Farmdale by Alexander Henry. I plan a quick table runner with these- will report back and share how soon! Thankyou to Michael and the other folks at Oakshotts, they really are silky beauties!