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10/04/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Hi there, do you notice anything different? It might just be my amazing new outfit! In my last blog I was looking through all of the entries from the Dress Ted competition we ran with New Lanark Primary School. It was really hard to pick the winner, but in the end P7 pupil Kiera Lee Donaghy’s design caught my eye! Using New Lanark wool shades like Sky, Clementine and Copper Blue I thought it was perfect looking for spring – and the cap will help to keep the sun out of my eyes. Janice from the New Lanark Visitor Centre very kindly then knitted up Kiera’s design into my new outfit. I’ll have to get a wardrobe soon to keep them all in! Take a look at Kiera’s great design and the runners up from the rest of the school classes.

 

Dress Ted winners

Dress Ted winners

I showcased my new outfit at the New Lanark Easter Egg-Stravaganza last weekend. What an amazing couple of days! I met up with my old pal the Easter Bunny and we had a great day meeting hundreds of families who were down at New Lanark enjoying the sunshine and all of the fun Easter activities. Did you go along? We’d love to know if you enjoyed yourselves, you can tell us about your experience by filling out this short survey.

Ted at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza

On Wednesday 8th April I went down to Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Area to catch up with the folks from Clydesdale Community Initiatives who were running free nature workshops for families. Everyone was really busy working on the bug hotel, wild flower seed sowing , pot seed sowing, willow weaving and general maintenance – all to keep Clearburn nice and tidy and get it ready for the summer months!

Ted at New Lanark

Taking a seat in the Willow Dome…

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Clearing out Clearburn river!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Sowing seeds!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Check into the Bug Hotel!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Trying out some willow weaving

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Keeping the pathway tidy!

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are running more workshops at Clearburn in the summer, here’s all the details:

 

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 3rd June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Learn about plant anatomy and wild flower ID workshop plus tidy up for summer. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 24th June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Workshop including wild flower foray and maintenance. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

 

After getting my nature fill at Clearburn I popped into the new Homecoming exhibition in Robert Owen’s School for Children which is part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. This really interesting exhibition explores the lives of the families who have lived and worked at New Lanark for generations. From owners including David Dale and Robert Owen to villagers and millworkers, it traces family histories and connections formed throughout the world. I wonder if they can trace my teddy bear ancestors?

Ted at New Lanark's Homecoming exhibition

Later on this month I’m looking forward to the Robert Owen Commemoration Lecture on Friday 24th April. This year Docey Lewis is speaking at it, she’s a direct descendant of Robert Owen! Docey is a textile designer, and she’ll be talking about developing the Full Circle programme – a community development and social enterprise project in the mountains of Nepal which uses 17th and 18th century weaving and spinning skills for 21st century projects! Tickets for the talk are £4 and you can buy them here, call 01555 661345 or buy them at the door.

I’ve got a grumble in my tummy thinking about all of the tasty treats that will be on sale at the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May. This year’s event is going to be better than ever as we’re celebrating Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with lots of local produce, crafters, gifts and of course – New Lanark wool and textiles. The fair is open 10am-4pm and entry is free, so I’ll see you there!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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25/03/15 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , ,

Mamma Mia…New shades of wool!

Mamma Mia…New shades of wool!

New Lanark Wool & Textiles are delighted to introduce 5 new shades of New Lanark wool which have been inspired by the beautiful cities of Italy. The vibrant shades add a splash of colour to the range of New Lanark wools, and are perfect for creating eye-catching Spring/Summer garments.

The balls of 100% Pure Wool are currently available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Shop in ‘Double Knitting’ and ‘Aran’ varieties, with ‘Chunky’ coming soon! Aran is also available to purchase in our online shop. 

Aran is priced at £4.50 per 100g, and Double Knitting is priced at £3.50 per 50g.

Take a look at the colours below and please let us know what you think by tweeting us @newlanarkwhs or posting on our Facebook wall!

 

Milano – A bright purple shade with blue undertones. 

New Lanark Wool - Milano

 

Roma – A rich red shade with blue and yellow nebs. 

New Lanark Wool - Roma

 

Verdi – An eye-catching green shade with light yellow and cream nebs. 

New Lanark Wool - Verdi

 

Como – A beautiful blue shade with teal undertones. 

New Lanark Wool - Como

 

Verona – A warm purple shade with pink undertones.

New Lanark Wool - Verona

Happy Knitting – Italiano style!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer 

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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

Damson

Our range of natural colours are also very popular…

3. Pebble

Pebble

4. Woodland

Woodland

5. Ecru

Ecru

6. Limestone

Limestone

Not fogetting the bright colours!

7. Denim

Denim

8. Cherry

Cherry

9. Heather

Heather

10. Sky

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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23/01/15 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , , ,

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

A royal guest blog from Bonnie Prince Charlie…

Given at the Camp of HRH Charles Edward Stuart, Prince of Wales

It is with great pleasure that we received notice that, as of the 27th day of this month, the famous Prestonpans Tapestry will be on display for our subjects to view at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

This striking community artwork, stitched with tender care by countless volunteers across the country, follows the fortunes of our army on its first campaign in 1745, from the inception of this grand scheme for the Restoration of our family to that remarkable and game-changing victory at Prestonpans.

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Arran Johnston)We encourage all those who are able to visit and to enjoy this exhibition, which reveals the heroic efforts of our loyal Highland men, alongside the endeavours of our gallant if misguided opponents, as those two armies traversed the landscape of Scotland to determine who might be its King.

In the wake of our victory at Prestonpans, our army has been busily engaged in an attempt to bring this regrettable war to a glorious conclusion. How events will play out we can only at this stage imagine. What we can know is that our achievements in 1745 will ever be remembered, and that no telling of our story will rival the Prestonpans Tapestry for its detail and its charm. Never has a project so encapsulated the spirit of our quest: Victory, Hope, and Ambition!

To celebrate the Tapestry’s visit to New Lanark, we have authorised the deployment of some of our soldiers to said place on Saturday 21st February. They are instructed to answer any questions you might have as to their modes of dress and combat. I expect that our enemies might do the same.

We are pleased also to note that the historian Arran Johnston, who has not been unkind to our character in his works, will be presenting about the Battle at Prestonpans and the Tapestry’s creation on Friday 13th March. (tickets available to purchase for £4)

It remains only for us to encourage all our father’s subjects to notify their friends and family of this opportunity to view the Tapestry, which will remain in New Lanark until 19th March.

God Save the King.

Charles signature

Find out more about The Prestonpans Tapestry at  New Lanark. 

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26/11/14 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Lights, camera….action!

Chinese Travel Series filming at New Lanark

Last week we were delighted to welcome the crew from the Chinese Travel Channel to film at New Lanark. They travelling around the UK for 40 days filming a series on all the fantastic places to visit in Scotland and England. They decided to focus on New Lanark as we are one of Scotland’s 5 World Heritage Sites, and because of our architecture and textile machinery which makes our site a fascinating example of yarn production in the times of the industrial revolution. (In case you didn’t know, New Lanark Wool is still produced onsite using a 19th century spinning mule)

They are going to send us a link to the show once it airs in China in January 2015, so keep an eye out for it on our social channels!

New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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13/09/12 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , ,

New Lanark Wool Used in Tapestry Exhibition

Don’t miss the ‘Inspired Landscapes’ exhibition of wall hangings by Forth Community Resource Centre, in the River Room at New Lanark until 11 October.  The hangings are approximately the size of postcards and are very appealing.  Inspired by local landscapes, many of the tapestry items are woven from New Lanark wool in soft natural colours. Weaving, embroidery and crochet stitches are combined to create impressions of trees, water, moorland and hills.  One hanging shows Dundaff Linn waterfall at the end of New Lanark village.  Brilliant!

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