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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.
Rich deep purple: the colour of the floral spikes that form the flowers of Buddleia bushes. These hardy shrubs adored by butterflies grow wild on railway embankments and the old industrial mill buildings found in Heart of Huddersfield landscape.
Subtle marled darker undertones add a depth and interest to this rich warm purple, reminiscent of the seeds that form as the flower spikes die down, waiting to be carried away by the breeze for the next generation of flowers.
This cosy and textured, all wool fabric’s colour was inspired by these beautiful blooms often found in the most neglected places. Buddleia Purple is waiting to be transformed into treasured pieces that will add a pop of rich colour to your A/W wardrobe. Create eye-catching contrasts with Mother’s Marmalade, True Blue, Runny Honey and Field Poppy. For a more harmonious palette team with Lavender Sachet, or Demoiselle Teal for a ravishing combination. If you love purple, you are sure to love the teal, too!
Looking for haberdashery to coordinate with your fabric? Click here for our trims, haberdashery & other sewing essentials!
Composition: 100% Wool
Width: 158cm / 62inch
Made in Huddersfield, Yorkshire