How to successfully transition from winter to spring February 21 2022
So we may be coming towards the end of February but as this past weekend has shown we are certainly not through with winter. However with the White Snowdrops, colourful crocuses and the odd daffodil making an appearance I’m starting to get itchy feet about spring. Don’t get me wrong i love winter styling with chunk knits and tweed skirts but I am ready to start switching it up by incorporating some spring feels into my wardrobe.
I am not about to start insisting you go out and buy a whole new wardrobe just for spring but i can help you with just a few extra pieces to go with your existing winter wardrobe. So lets make a start...
Layers are Key
Spring can be glorious but it can also be pretty miserable in a matter of half an hour so on these days layers are your best friend. Think Lightweight sweaters, cardigans over a frilly Shirt. Alternatively you may already have one of our Ainderby Oversized Tops... this is great for layering as its already super roomy and you can even pair it with white jeans for a really fresh look
Choose light or Bright
Now dark colours such as navy or black aren’t just for winter but to help breathe new life into an outfit choose either a light or bright contrast in your layers, these can even be the accessories you wear, such as our new Knotted tweed Hair bands.
Transition the Classics for all year round wear.
Take advantage of your tweed skirt, a classic that can be worn all year round when paired with the right layers. As you transition from winter to spring you will start with the need to pair you skirt with tights however as the days get warmer you may opt of a lighter denier and as summer approaches you may decide to be bare legged with sandals however that’s a few months down the line from now. So in the meantime keep to tights and lighter colours on your the top half.
North East Living Magazine March 2022 February 17 2022
Thrilled to share this interview from north east living magazine written by Jenny Needham and photos from Sarah Caldecott photography
You can pick up a copy now to find out why I am passionate in using Yorkshires finest tweed when making my accessories and clothing.
Also a digital copy is available online, here's the link below
North East Living - Durham, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire | Living Magazine (living-magazines.co.uk)
The perfect winter accessories for walking January 23 2022
One of our favourite walks has to be at Studley Royal Deer Park, near Ripon North Yorkshire. Beautiful parkland scenery with over 500 wild Red, Fallow and Sika Deer unfortunately we did get the chance to see any today however that certainly didn't spoil our Sunday walk with Bee.
My choice of outfit for our country walk:
Pactical as always this time of year calls for wellie boots, thick socks and a water proof coat to avoid any chance of a shower. I chose to Accessorise with our tweed snoods, cosy yet practical for fitting under a thick coat. You can find a large selection of tweed snoods available through the website, including in the Fern Tweed which I wore today.
Extras you could add to your outfit include, the tweed hair scrunchie perfect for keeping your hair back on windy days...
Also the tweed headbands are super popular this time of year, keeping your hair in place but also keeping your ears warm on windy days. I plan to bring more tweed headbands to match the snoods in coming months
5 Way to include Tweed into your style this spring!! April 10 2021
5 Tweed Clothing and Accessories your going to love wearing this Spring!!
Tweed Ainderby Oversized Top - perfect for a spring evening BBQ with friends and family, now that we are allowed of course, style with white jeans for a light contrast and to take you through to summer
Tweed Skirt - Taking you to the beers gardens this April... Pair with boots and bare legs if your feeling brave... alternatively pop on some tights and a bright coloured jumper.
Tweed Jessica Snood - We have been having some rather chilly mornings with a white frost most days. what I have found to be useful is one of our Jessica tweed snood, for when I'm dashing about, going to the yard ,to the supermarket or even walking the dog that extra layer makes all the difference. If you pair it with a light coloured hoodie this will lighten the tweed giving your those spring vibes with the warmth of tweed.
Tweed Hair Scrunchie - Spring can be months of mixed weather, we have multiple (what I call) false springs where you think spring has arrived then another bout of cold weather arrives. Also mornings can be chilly then we get a heatwave mid day followed by a blustery afternoon, what's even worse.. you get the uncontrollable hair to go with it making it perfect hair scrunchie weather avoid that drama of hair in your face yet look stylish and fashionable.
Also I have a discount on all out hair scrunchies at the moment, simply add discount code 2 for £12 at the checkout
Tweed Facemasks - it looks like our facemasks will be here for the foreseeable so lets make them classy whilst we are visiting shops, heading to the pub or perhaps in the working environment think wear Tweed!
If you have any suggestions of how to get tweed into you spring wardrobe send me a message I would love to hear them!
New For Spring March 30 2021
New For Spring... The Ainderby Oversized Top
The Ainderby oversized Tweed Top is designed to be layered perfect for spring when temperatures can be mixed. The scooped neckline and batwing sleeve are perfect for this and you can always layer with a crisp white shirt or alternatively a polo neck top for those chillier days or evenings... pair with one of our stylish tweed snoods for that extra layer yet looking smart with jeans or with a pair of white trousers. I am super excited to present to you two classic colours for you to choose from,
Dove Grey or Navy Herringbone.
This is no April fools I will be launching this product on Thursday evening at 7.30 with my first ever live over on instagram!!
Busting Myths about Tweed- is it itchy? March 18 2021
Busting Myths about Tweed!
Todays Myth Buster is all about tweed and the association of it being itchy?
So first we need to look back at the associations we have with tweed...
A lot of people associate Tweed with being the hairy coarse fabric their father or grandfather once wore in a jacket. This is likely to have been that of the traditional Harris Tweed which is almost a special case as most normal tweed cloth is now made from more prepared yarns with finer and smoother threads, so it's important to realise that there is a big difference between Harris tweed and that of Yorkshire Woven tweed.
Secondly we need to look at the production of the Tweed...
In the present day, we now have multiple varieties of different types and weights of Wool Tweed for example... Worsted Wool is prepared differently to Harris Tweed and in turn so is Yorkshire Woven Tweed.
Worsted Wool Yarn is prepared by combing individual strands to lie in the same direction and removing the smaller (hairier lengths) this makes the wool, finer, stronger and generally a tighter woven tweed... regarded as a high quality fabric.
Harris tweed yarn doesn't undergo this technique so the resulting spun thread and cloth are consequently a bit thicker, bit hairier(itchier) and appears to be bulkier even for the same weight.
Yorkshire Woven Tweed is somewhere in the middle, it is softer, thinner and finer than that of the Harris Tweed however not to the extreme of the Worsted Wool making it the perfect cloth for me to create my amazing accessories and clothing.
And finally when producing garments for my Tweedy customers I not only source the right Tweed fabric that is perfectly apt for its job, I also prevent the source of itching by creating a barrier with either a polyester fleece lining... in most of my accessories or polyester satin lining in my clothing.
Do you still have questions about the itch in the material? Get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to don that tweed thinking hat of yours and find a special gift for Mum or Grandma this Mothers Day! March 04 2021
Top Tweedy Treats to buy Mum and Grandma this Mothers Day
This years Mothering Sunday is only a few weeks away...Sunday 14th March to be exact. So time to put on your tweed hat and start thinking of gifts... to give you a hand I have personally selected some tweedy treats we just know your mum/grandma is going to love!
First up our good friend the facemask available in both the cotton or tweed check. All our face masks are received with 1x filter and 1x bendable nose band - which I hear is great for preventing steam if mum or grandma wears glasses. We have some really pretty floral ones, very Cath Kidson also some fun animal prints as well as our traditional and vibrant tweed checks. 2 for £15 for the cotton facemasks or £10.50 for our tweed facemasks. Extra filters and nosebands available to purchase separately.
We may be heading into spring and lighter nights but I can guarantee we are still having those chilly mornings and cold evenings however a cosy headband is just the answer! A really useful present especially if mum/grandma really loves being active in the great outdoors.
Next is the Jessica Snood which made an appearance on my Instagram reels last week and lots of you loved this style. Easy to wear our Jessica Snood is similar to the Classic Snood, with the button and loop detail. However the pleated suede frames the face giving this detail the wow factor! Great to match with our Headbands.
An alternative to our Tweed Snoods and Jessica Snoods are our Alice Scarf. A neat detailed scarf, also fleece lined crosses over the body to pull thorough a loop. This neat scarf isn't as chunky as our snoods and will certainly carry them through the seasons.
Keeping it cosy in the home with our scatter Tweed Cushion, handmade with applique detail each cushion features beautiful countryside animals, tones and textures of warmth to fill the home. Perhaps mum is Quackers... and this is the perfect gift, or you want to tell her their's only one baa-my lady round here!
All these beautiful Tweed Accessories and gifts are handmade with love here in Yorkshire using Yorkshire woven Tweed, making them the perfect thoughtful gift for Mum or Grandma. So pull out all the cloth and spread some Yorkshire love this Mothers Day! Don't forget.... Mums the Word!
Style Inspiration- March February 25 2021
Goodbye February you fabulous month...
Its Pay Day tomorrow... and March is looking like layers are key! Weather your wearing them to walk the dog, heading to the shops or to enjoy the spring sunshine.
Tweed is key at this time of year and just one layer can make all the difference with its hygroscopic qualities your body temperature will be kept to your natural temperature.
How to style your new Jessica Snood...
Boots (fairfax & favour)
matching tweed scrunchie or headband (Sarah Garbutt Accessories)
What's the one thing you look for when purchasing a new headband?! February 12 2021
Perhaps it that it's made with Pure Wool Tweed for its insulating qualities as a hygroscopic fabric. Also for being breathable, wool has a unique structure that allows it to absorb and release moisture without it effecting its thermal efficiency. Also wool is naturally an elastic fibre which helps to keep our headbands in shape too.
Or our Anti-pill Polyester Fleece lining which makes our headbands highly breathable with a comfortable layer of insulation as polyester fleece traps air pockets between its fibres creating warm air from your natural body heat. Also our polyester fleece is light weight and delicately soft when worn next to sensitive skin.
Perhaps it's that the fleece is all treated to be Anti-pill Polyester this prevents balls (or pills) of thread appearing on the surface of the fabric. The anti pill treatment means the fleece will be bobble free for longer.
Or like me you like the elastic at the back of your headband to be covered for a finished off desirable look.
Perhaps a pretty tweed to catch your eye but also something practical drawn from the countryside our Yorkshire woven tweed certainly covers both of them pointers.
All our headbands are handmade by myself in North Yorkshire and they all hold these amazing qualities for keeping your head and ears warm yet breathable.
What do you look for in a headband?!