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Thistledown Marl, is the second collection of fabrics from our Fabworks’ exclusive Heart of Huddersfield bespoke wool fabric range. A gorgeous, semi-solid, bespoke woollen fabric made up ‘ere int’ mills by Yorkshire folk!
With its name taken from the soft fluffy seed heads of thistles, Thistledown Marl has an almost feathery appearance; featuring a lightly textured and fluffy handle that is not at all dense or stiff. Thistledown Marl is like a demi-bouclé. The fabric itself has a flat weave, woven using a combination of fine multi-tonal yarns; of light and dark grey on both the warp and weft. This creates a subtle yet noticeable grey marled undertone. The weft has an additional bouclé yarn, adding characteristic curls to both the face and reverse sides and helping to create a lovely brushed and tufted feel. These tiny tufts and slubs are not the sort to catch and pull, either. Pretty and still practical!
Designed to coordinate and complement previous Heart of Huddersfield wools, Thistledown Marl also uses a marled yarn (just like 2019’s HOH: Herringbones, Marled Meltons & Birdseyes) giving unique subtle marl detailing for a quirky and bespoke look. When it comes to sewing, there are a whole host of fabulous suggestions for teaming Thistledown Marl with other coordinating HoH wools. See our Thistledown Marl Overview page for all the info!
A reassuring and cosy medium-heavy drape quality makes this woollen ideal for a wardrobe full of practical garments. Thistledown Marl is a closely woven, medium weight, all wool fabric and of course, it has a super stable handle with a natural ease across the bias. Use for unstructured styles such as cardis & coatigans, unlined capes, and loose pullovers. If you are on the hunt for a semi structured number peruse the jacket, waistcoat, coat, skirt, and dress pattern recommendations, and for some very selfish sewing there is even a special handbag pattern stocked & supplied by Fabworks, as well as plenty of other accessory recommendations too. Is it too early to start making Christmas presents yet? Go to the overview page dedicated to Thistledown Marl; full of garment & styling ideas, specific sewing pattern suggestions, general wool fabric sew-inspiration.
All the natural tones that we find in a sheep’s wool fleece are present in the superb Thistledown Marl. Nature’s Best is full of the purest natural tones. The marled grey yarns create subtle striation / striated undertones to this wonderfully textured all wool fabric, reminiscent of weathered limestone, like the dry-stone walls meandering over the rugged pastureland. The natural (cream) fine boucle yarn is like the curly fleece of a new-born lamb.
Nature’s Best is like cuddling up in your favourite Arran cardigan. This perfect neutral is ideal for classic and wholesome attire, with a chic country theme. Team this excellent neutral with any of the other fabrics in the Heart of Huddersfield range for subtle styles. Historical garment makers: this one is for you!
Composition: 100% Wool
Width: 158cm / 62inch
Made in Huddersfield, Yorkshire