Today I’ve been pondering over the benefits of blogging. There are the obvious things like having an online portfolio and record of your work, a creative space to indulge your passions and be yourself, and a platform to launch any business ideas or potentially raise a few pennies selling via etsy/folksy, but what I didn’t consider when starting my blog was the sheer enjoyment being part of an online community would bring me. So far many new people have come in to my life, mostly other inspiring and helpful sewing bloggers who I’ve met in person after talking on twitter, including one who lives 5 minutes away from my house, many from Leeds and a few from further afield. I’ve had invitations to special openings and shows and now I’ve been asked to join the White Tree Fabrics Blogging Team. I’m over the moon!
The White Tree Fabrics blogging team is a collection of amazingingly creative and talented women (no fella’s to date, sorry!) who will be sewing up a storm using fabric sent to them from the great selection at White Tree Fabrics. I feel so honoured and humbled to have been included in this bunch. It’s just another golden opportunity that has come my way since I started barmybeetroot, and it’s starting to feel like the best decision I made in 2014. My life definitely feels richer. So enough of the mushy stuff, let me tell you a little bit about White Tree…
White Tree Fabrics
White Tree Fabrics opened in 1946, and until now have been operating a wholesale operation supplying quality fabrics to the trade. Gaining a web presence opened them up to individual shoppers who were interested in buying in smaller quantities. White Tree felt like this was a good business direction for them to focus on and over the past year have been developing their retail offering to the public. Originating as a wholesalers, they already have a large product catalogue, but it’s still a bit of a work in progress as the company gets used to what we want to buy.
Their product range
White Tree are different in that they offer a lot of speciality fabrics, so instead of a large choice of cotton you’ll find satin, lace, jersey, organza, taffetta, swimwear fabric, net and more. The lace offering is staggering, lots to swoon over and different fabrics to work with and tempt you to try something different. If you are looking to make special occasion garment for a wedding, prom or party then White Tree offers lots to get you inspired.
Over 500 sewing patterns
White Tree offer over 500 Vogue patterns, but are also able to get Butterick, McCalls and Kwik-Sew, which will shortly be added to the site. Now I’ve not sewn vogue patterns before, many I couldn’t see myself actually wearing, but here are a few that I would really like to have a go at:
This model looks so confused poor love. Perhaps someone has just explained footballs offside rule to her. I empathise. I think this would make a great summer dress. I love the sleeve detail and elasticated waist.
I have no idea if this style would suit my apple shape, but I think it’s a great pattern to utilise a lot of White Trees fantastic lace. I love the shape of the neckline and I’d definitely be tempted to give this a go.
What a stunner. I can see myself wearing this all the time. Beautiful shape to the neckline and I bet it is really flattering on. I don’t get to out as much as I like now I’m a mum, but I could get lots of wear out of this at work, winner!
There is so much to pick from including vintage, guipure, crochet, bridal, metallic, printed, embroidered. Just looking through the categories is like a lesson in lace. This one pictured is guipure tassled lace.
Glitter jersey, plain jersey, spandex jersey, mesh jersey, spandex jersey, warm jersey and foiled jersey! For a jersey novice I feel a little overwhelmed in this world of jersey but I’m sure it will have some of you squealing. I’m intrigued by the metallic jersey, would be good for a festive outfit.
A nice selection of ribbons, sequines, fasteners and tools. I love the pretty range of Tilda ribbons.
Ask and you shall receive
White Tree are also really keen to hear from you and find out what fabric you would like them to stock. They are happy to source something for you specially and they are able to get many things not listed on their website, so just ask. I’d personally love to see more cottons/cotton blends, but as it’s still early days yet I’m hoping we will see a lot of new additions over the coming months.
Offers and Discounts
White Tree has some unique ways of offering discounts including
- Review a product and receive a 15% discount code
- Like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or Pinterest and receive a 15% discount code
- Sign up for their newsletter to receive a 10% discount code
There is also free delivery on orders £20 and over, which is a lot less then some other online retailers, so lots of ways to save which appeals to my thrifty-ness.
White Tree have also kindly offered any of my readers 20% off and free delivery, with coupon code: BARMYBEETROOT so a barganous opportuniuty there.
A Sneak Preview of my first project
I’ve picked some Guipure lace which I chose entirely on it’s stunning beauty. This won out over all of the odds. I’ve never sewn with lace before, and I’ve certainly not used Guipure, so I’m going to need to do lots of preparation and research to make sure I show this stunning fabric off to it’s potential. I think reading Ami Lowden’s blog The Little Tailoress has had a subconscious effect on my sewing psyche. Now there is a lady who knows how to wear lace! Amy recently used some lace from White Tree to make this stunning day dress, and she is talking of releasing the patten soon. I hope she does!
I’ve chosen to couple this some Tilda Jane Blue Grey Cotton, which totally exceeded my expectations. You can’t move for floral prints in the fabric world, and some just seem to be carbon copies of others. I wasn’t sure how i’d feel about the fabric as I chose it from looking a low-res thumbnail but when it arrived I was relieved. It’s dainty, classy, doesn’t whiff of Cath Kidston and is going to be a perfect match for the guipure. So what am I making? I’m not saying yet! ha ha ha, but I will tell you it’s my own pattern which only exists in my head at the moment, and it’s going to challenge me sewing wise, so I hope I can pull it off. It’s going to take me awhile whilst I work on this, but I’m on it. It is not a cushion.
Other White Tree Bloggers
Amy Thomas from AlmondRock
Emma Berry from Frugally Peachy
Skye Pennant from Even Artichokes have Hearts
Katie Marcus from What Katie Sews
Louise Hobson from Sew Sensational
Laura Neal from Chambray and Curls
Lucie Hubbard from Love, Lucie
Jess Acton from Jessthetics
Louise Tweedy from Thread Carefully
Sam Molloy from Stitched Up By Samantha
Erin Currie from Seamstress Erin
Lu, Laura, Bridie, Jo from Sew It Yourself Challenge
Amanda Gledhill from Sew Deputy
Go add all of those lovelies to your bloglovin and keep up do date with our White Tree makes by following the White Tree Bloggers pinterest board.
Thanks again to everyone at White Tree for offering me this great opportunity. There will be more news on my make shorty, and i’ll be working on it between every moment of train track building, paddling pool splashing and 3rd Birthday party planning I get in July.
Adios, Amy x