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True Blue - Thistledown Marl

per half metre
Fabric Code: A2b31

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.

Colour Detailing:

True Blue is a fabric that embodies all the tones of blue present in the lakes, rivers and streams of the HoH landscape. Without these defining natural features, the woollen industry of West Yorkshire would never have evolved in the way that it did. Did you know that the reason Yorkshire and more specifically Huddersfield can produce such quality woollen fabrics, is because of the quality of the natural Yorkshire water? An essential ingredient in Yorkshire’s heritage.

Loyalty and honesty are associated with the colour blue, like the rivers and streams that helped to power the steam engines, powering the mills and worked upon by the loyal, honest and hard-working Yorkshire folk.

Coordinating Colours:

The rich multi-tonal blue hues in True Blue - Thistledown Marl are attributed to the multi tonal grey yarns used throughout the weave of this fine, cream coloured, boucle yarn, taking up the true blue when the fabrics were bespoke dyed. Look at this dreamy blue fabric and you cannot cease to think of deep blue skies with fluffy clouds scudding across the horizon reflected in the rivers, lakes and streams of the HoH landscape.

Team this jewel toned fabric with Dried Sage, Buddleia Purple and Demoiselle Teal for a rich colour combination. Use in separate colour-blocked garment combinations, or as a palette for comforting soft furnishings in the home. For those who crave colour in their everyday wardrobes create garments with multicoloured panels, collars, and cuffs. Denim and lovers of blue: look no further than True Blue + Coastal Walk for a dreamy designer denim style (Butterick - B6423 coat will work splendidly).

Looking for haberdashery to coordinate with your fabric? Click here for our trims, haberdashery & other sewing essentials!

Weight: Medium

GSM: 348

Composition: 100% Wool

Width:  158cm / 62inch

Made in Huddersfield, Yorkshire

If you are looking for colour inspiration cycle through the photos on this page to see which combinations we have used for True Blue!
When ordering please note that all Heart of Huddersfield fabrics are sold in 0.5m units. If you require a 1m length, make sure to select two (2) units, etc. All cut length fabrics will be sent as one continuous piece.

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