Fair Isle Finds

Posted in: This and That — By on November 7, 2014 6:49 AM

I’ve decided to make a Christmas quilt this year, which required shopping for Christmas fabrics for the first time. Yowza. You do not know patience until you’ve searched through hundreds of bolts of fabrics looking for the elusive holiday fabric that is also remotely nice, as I did at the Creativ Festival last month.

Luckily, I came across this beautiful design from Studio E Fabrics:

A Fair Isle-ish pattern is the perfect solution for nice Chrismas fabric, or even just winter fabric in general. Once I got turned on to Fair Isle inspired designs, I started noticing it everywhere! (Fair Isle refers to a traditional Scottish multi-coloured pattern that is knit in horizontal stripes, sometimes with motifs)

Studio E has some other Fair Isle-esque fabrics and coordinates. This sweater one from their Winter Essentials II line, in particular, is really nice:

Spoonflower also has some really cool Fair Isle inspired fabrics…

Fair Isle Turquoise by Lydia Meiying

Grey Sweater by Kociara

Fair Isle by beccaliz

Geometric Black and White by Rachel Follett

Fair Skoggs by Thunderpeep

Freshly Pieced has a beautiful Fair Isle Quilt pattern if you prefer something more graphic. This quilt would have been my Christmas quilt if I hadn’t found a fabric I liked, but I was hoping to find Christmas fabric so I could do something a little more improvised. Note: The Freshly Pieced sew-along is currently underway if you want in on that action!

In addition to these fabrics and the quilt pattern, there are many, many books on how to knit Fair Isle designs. I leave it to you to search for those — I know I will when I’ve finished my holiday sewing!

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on how my Christmas quilt turns out!

Bonus link: I also had to share these awesome Fair Isle leggings from Roots! So cute!

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