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Shimmering Shoals - Birdseye is an all wool birdseye weave from the Summer Wine collection, one of our very special exclusive Heart of Huddersfield wools.
There are five sumptuous yarns that make up this gorgeous birdseye weave. Pale marled grey, charcoal and natural white yarns sit together to form the warp, which appears consistently throughout all the Heart of Huddersfield birdseye fabrics. This is like the fabric’s base layer or it’s foundation – hover over the photographs for a close-up of this colour detailing. The weft yarns are the bespoke colours that bring the fabric to life, unique to each colourway. The weft of Shimmering Shoals features two delicious multi tonal yarns of azure blue and cobalt. Combining these five yarns creates mesmerising depth within this complex and unique weave.
This stunning wool tweed is inspired by rivers, canals and streams, translated into fabric form. A palette of beautiful blues and highlights of natural white give the look of shimmering fish scales in a freshwater stream as they catch the sunlight. If you love the rich blue water-inspired tones of this stunning 100% wool, match it with other Rain On The River wools for a complementary palette of gorgeous blues and teals, inspired by running water.
This closely woven woollen has a versatile medium weight and a traditional wool feel, without being rough or itchy. Boasting a stable handle and reassuring drape, Shimmering Shoals is perfect for a plethora of sewing room projects. An intricately woven fabric that will do as you tell it. Woollen fabrics of this kind are easy to sew and will stand the test of time.
Dressmakers, Reenactors, Costumiers, Interior Designers and Craftspeople – you will find a plethora of uses for this first-rate fabric, taking you through A/W and into spring.
Dressmakers; this fabric is ideal for fashioning classic outerwear pieces and hard-wearing separates. Start with simple yet stylish pencil and A-line skirts with matching waistcoats. Show off your bespoke and colourful wool with shift dresses and pinafore dresses that are super comfy and will always make for key wardrobe pieces – wear with shirts & blouses for a classic look. Choose a complimentary lining to give a sophisticated finish for garments that will soon become perennial favourites. When your sewing skills are more established, jackets, coats and capes will give you all the sewing satisfaction you could wish for! If you want an even more luxe style, feminine Chanel style suits with coordinating velvet trims will look a million dollars. Take this a stage further with your own hand-frayed tweed trim for a true designer style.
Reenactors and Costumiers; you will delight in the jewel blue-green hues of Shimmering Shoals. A hard-wearing fabric superb for outerwear. Naturally weatherproof, natural fibres, natural colours, with a classic wool feel.
Interior Designers; use this hard-wearing yet classic wool birdseye to create a range of coordinating soft furnishings. Cushions, throws, blinds and curtains will all look subtle yet striking in the home, displaying the fabric’s five gorgeous yarns, highlighting the birdseye’s intricate detail.
Craftspeople; appliquéd cushions, bag making, door stops, draught excluders, hats, caps, neck warmers, mittens & wrist-warmers, throws & blankets and much more. Whatever this fabric inspires you to do!
The Perfect Fit; having put the whole collection together and tested out colour and weave combinations, we suggest that Shimmering Shoals matches perfectly with all the other fabrics in the Rain On The River collection, for a totally harmonious style. A special mention to the Harvest Honeycomb that contrasts excellently with the blue-greens of Shimmering Shoals, a perfect game bird inspired tweed combination.
Did you know? The birdseye weave takes its name from the small oval shape within the weave, resembling the shape of an actual bird’s eye. This is an outstanding and unique weave that gives a detailed and eye-catching design using subtle combinations of yarn. Sometimes people describe this weave as having an ovular honeycomb-like design.
Please note that all HOH fabrics are sold by the half metre. £12.50 per half metre. Please take extra care when ordering fabric lengths from this range. All fabrics will be sent in one continuous length.
Composition: 100% Wool
Width: 156 cm / 61.4inch
Pattern Repeat: 0.5cm / 0.19inch