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25/02/15 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , ,

10 most popular shades of New Lanark Wool

10 most popular shades of New Lanark Wool

New Lanark was formed as a cotton spinning village in 1785 by David Dale. It gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. Since 1974, the site has been restored and brought back to life by New Lanark Trust and is now once more an internationally famous World Heritage Site.

Today we produce yarn using traditional methods in one of the historic mills, where a 19th century spinning mule is still working. We specialise in producing high quality British Organic wool, Aran wool, Double Knitting and Chunky woollen yarns, which are ideal for hand knitting.

We offer three fantastic ranges spun from British wool: Donegal Silk Tweed, Heather Mixtures and Natural Blend – all available in a range of stunning shades.

Our wool is sold in the Mill Shop, online and wholesale around the world. To give you some knitting inspiration we’ve pulled together a list of some of most popular shades…

1. Blue John

Blue John wool

Did you know that New Lanark Wool was used to create the iconic Christmas jumpers featured in the Harry Potter films? ‘Blue John’ and ‘Damson‘ are sold to Lochaven International, in Stewarton Ayrshire who make the replica Harry Potter jumpers that are sold at Universal Studios in Orlando and Warner’s Bros Studios Leavesdon near London.

2. Damson


Our range of natural colours are also very popular…

3. Pebble


4. Woodland


5. Ecru


6. Limestone


Not fogetting the bright colours!

7. Denim


8. Cherry


9. Heather


10. Sky


All proceeds from the sale of New Lanark Wool and Textiles are returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site. You can learn more about the wool making process at New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

We hope to see you soon…Happy Knitting!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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06/02/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’m here to let you know about all of the exciting events and exhibitions happening in February at New Lanark…

The month got off to a pretty chilly start – with a downfall of snow that my cousins in the Arctic would have been proud of!

New Lanark snowNew Lanark snow telephone box









I decided to keep warm with a trip to the newly opened Prestonpans Tapestry. The tapestry is a whopping 104m long, and it was stitched entirely by volunteer embroiderers along the route. If you’re a bit of a history buff you’ll love the tapestry! It tells the story of the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France to Victory at Prestonpans in 1745.

New Lanark Prestonpans Tapestry














For my trip to the tapestry I donned a new hat just like the ones the Jacobites depicted in the tapestry are wearing – complete with a knitted white cockade! The Jacobites wore a white rose in their hats to celebrate Bonnie Prince Charlie’s birthday, or to show their support for his cause. My hat was knitted using cosy New Lanark Wool (Double Knitting – 100% Pure New Wool) in a dashing shade of ‘Denim’.

Prestonpans Tapestry Ted

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You’ve got plenty of time to see the Prestonpans Tapestry, its open 10am-4pm daily until 19th March. Did I mention it’s free entry? (knitted hats are optional)

New Lanark Living History















There’s a special event happening on Saturday 21st February to celebrate the Prestonpans Tapestry. Visitors can experience ‘Living History’ as the British Redcoats and Jacobites parade around New Lanark, displaying their uniforms and weaponry. (11.30am-4pm, free to view)

Spring Events at New Lanark















If you’re down at New Lanark this February be sure to pick up one of our new ‘Spring Events’ flyers. There’s a lot going on over the next couple of months including Stargazing LIVE on 21st and 22nd March, our Easter Egg-Stravaganza on 5th & 6th April and a Spring Food & Gift Fair on 4th May!

Here’s a look at what’s happening later on in February…

6th – 10th February – Daily Tours. Explore New Lanark with one of our guides and discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Tours are included with the Visitor Centre ticket and leave daily at 2pm from the reception in the Institute for the Formation of Character during school holiday periods.

12th February – Music in Lanark’s Yehundi Menuhin School Chamber Ensemble. Since 1963 the school has provided the environment and tuition for over 60 musically gifted children from all over the world. An ensemble of pianists and string players comes to Scotland annually. Music in Lanark is proud to host the first concert of 2015’s tour! More info:

14th February – Valentines Dinner in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Love is in the air! Enjoy a 3 course dinner with glass of bubbly on arrival, red rose & pianist in lounge for £29pp. Contact the New Lanark Mill Hotel on 01555 667200 or email [email protected]


Phew – that’s a busy month! We’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark very soon.

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger


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04/02/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

New Lanark Roof Garden February 2015

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

Winter arrived in earnest in mid-January and a coating of frozen snow still lingers over New Lanark Roof Garden.  Even the stalwart heather ‘Silver Knight’ and the grasses have been flattened by the blanket of white.  The snowdrops, normally in bloom by February, are hardly showing.  Yet the days are slowly lengthening towards Spring.   In the photograph, the Braxfield Row houses are caught by the gold light of the February sun.

Enjoy the Roof Garden as part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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