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Our Top Picks For Christmas Jumpers!

Christmas jumpers are a seasonal fashion trend that has really taken off in recent years, with a host of big-name high street retailers now putting their own festive spin on the humble knitted jumper. Whether you’re looking to entertain those in the office or shopping for a design to raise a smile around the dinner table on Christmas Day, we have a range of styles and designs to suit everyone. Check out our top picks for Christmas jumpers below!

Our Christmas Shop 3D jumpers are perfect for those looking to spread Christmas cheer over the festive period, with our Santa, Snowman, Rudolph and Elf designs all made from quality knitted acrylic, and with their special 3D detail incorporating bells, pom-poms and buttons to help bring each character to life. Available in a choice of 5 sizes and with a specially crafted unisex build, it’s a great choice for those looking to dress to impress this Christmas.

This Knitted Elf Christmas Jumper is another great choice for shoppers looking for a sweater with a humorous novelty design, with its clever knitted detail turning you into Santa’s Little Helper. Available in both mens and womens sizes, it’s perfect for the office party, and why not try pairing it with this Christmas Shop Elf Hat to complete the festive look?

For those seeking something with a more traditional feel, this Mens Knitted Reindeer Duo Christmas Jumper is the ideal choice, with its classic Fairisle pattern and reindeer design making it a simple but effective option for those looking to get into the festive spirit. For women, this Brave Soul Snowflake Christmas Jumper makes for an elegant option, with its metallic fibre detail adding an eye-catching glint, and its soft faux fur build also offering the wearer soft-touch comfort and effective warmth.

Click here to see our full range of Christmas products, with slippers, hats, socks and much more on offer! Merry Christmas from everyone at Universal Textiles!

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Thermal Clothing: What You Need To Know

Thermal clothing is the perfect way to keep extra warm throughout Autumn and Winter. They are also useful if you want to keep the cold out while playing winter sports or simply enjoying the outdoors. This is why you need to shop for high-quality thermal clothing. The next time you go shopping for winter thermals, keep these important tips in mind:

  • Check the materials. When it does to thermal wear, it’s all about the fabric. Low-quality thermal underwear does not wick your sweat away, leaving you feeling wet and cold. It’s a good idea to spend a little bit more money on “wicking” thermal clothes made of materials that easily spread out moisture. You want a thermal garment that moves sweat away from your skin and dries quickly. Look for thermal clothing that is made with lightweight and stretchable materials like spandex and polyester, so they easily balance moisture and temperature. Try to avoid polypropylene because it tends to retain odour and becomes stinky.
  • Fleece is fantastic and you can’t go wrong with it. It’s a tried and tested insulator, making it perfect if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It still performs even when wet, and it dries quickly because the material spreads the moisture out.
  • Layering is the key to staying warm. Invest on thermal sweaters, turtlenecks, pullovers, and vests. If you are outdoors a lot, you need an exterior layer that repels water from snow, rain, or sleet, and effectively blocks wind.
  • Protect your face, neck, head, and extremities. Did you know that 60% of your
    body heat escapes from your head? Preserve that heat by wearing a thick,
    insulating hat. A fleece neck gaiter or scarf is also recommended to cover your neck area. You also need insulated gloves and medium-weight or lightweight thermal socks.

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Happy Easter From Universal Textiles

Whether it’s to mark the end of a long, hard winter, the onset of Crème Egg season or for its special religious significance, Easter is a great time for a spring celebration. But if you or your loved ones are trying to curb your chocolate intake this year, we at Universal Textiles have a whole host of non-edible gift ideas that will make perfect Easter presents. Check out our Easter gift guide below!

Pastel shades are perfect for venturing out into the springtime sunshine, and whether you or your loved ones are hitting the golf course or heading out for a leisurely country walk, this B&C Short Sleeve Polo Shirt is the ideal choice for mens and womens casual wear this Easter. Available in soft shades of blue, green, yellow, pink and many more, it’s a great way to usher in the warmer weather and feel the sun on your skin this bank holiday.

Nothing quite says Easter like the arrival of baby animals to our farms and fields nationwide. But if welcoming the real thing into your home doesn’t appeal to you, why not opt instead for the Mumbles Lamb Baby Comforter? A perfect Easter gift for new parents, this soft fabric blanket is sure to bring a smile to the faces of your younger friends and family with its lovable cuddly design.

With this year’s spring-time weather still proving to be rather unpredictable, this Henbury Lambswool Sweater is the perfect choice for keeping any unexpected windy spells at bay. Renowned for it’s soft, comforting build and stylish finish, the 100% lambswool design (available in mens and womens sizes) carries a 9 gauge knit and a Woolmark accreditation, ensuring quality with each purchase.

Another furry friend that’s come to be synonymous with our yearly Easter celebrations is the bunny rabbit. With that in mind, this Mumbles Rabbit Soft Toy is another ideal gift for those with a soft spot for all things cute and cuddly. Whilst we can’t guarantee that he’ll deliver you any eggs, it might just draw the real Easter Bunny a little closer to your door.

These Girls Rabbit Slippers are another great way to celebrate the season and raise a few smiles along the way. These comfy indoor shoes are a sure to sooth tired feet after your little ones return from their half term adventures, and with a cute rabbit design, they’re an excellent choice for a fun, kid-friendly gift this Easter.

For further gift inspiration, be sure to check out Universal-textiles.com.

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Find The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day

As your mum will no doubt have tried to subtly tell you, this Sunday marks the return of Mother’s Day. If the idea of the search for the perfect present is already leaving you weary, take a look at our very own gift guide for Mothering Sunday 2014.

With warmer weather hopefully on the horizon, make sure your mum is ready for summer with our range of strappy maxi dresses. Available in sizes 8 to 22, this Feather Print Maxi Dress comes in a choice of two vibrant colours, and the lightweight, 100% cotton design is perfect for warm weather at home or abroad.

With full waterproofing and an easy pull-on design, the Cotswold PVC Long Wellington will ensure that your mum is prepared for whatever the British summer throws at us, and with a range of styles ranging from floral to leopard print, she’ll always be sure to stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to the difficult job of present hunting, appealing to your mum’s softer side rarely fails. With his fluffy brown fur and friendly face, our Mumbles Bracken Plush Teddy Bear will be no exception. Made of soft fabric and with a bean-stuffed interior, Bracken is available in small, medium and large sizes.

With its colourful, dotted design, this Ladies Walking Umbrella will appeal to the mum who takes accessorizing seriously. Available in pink, purple, and black, the 97cm span will keep your mum safe and dry through many an April shower.

This Heart Print Sweater is another great way to show your mum you care. In a choice of black with red or cream with pink, this knitted, square neck pullover offers both style and comfort with its contrast pattern and soft material, and is available in small, medium and large sizes.

This lightweight, Spot Design Scarf is perfect for long walks through the countryside during the summer months, and in a range of six colours including black, fuchsia and pink, there’s a style to suit every outfit.

If your mum is the type to put comfort first, our range of women’s dressing gowns are sure to bring a smile to her face. The Spot Print Supersoft Dressing Gown offers warmth for wearers looking to relax in bed or around the home, and the fleece rope belt will ensure that your mum stays cosy all through the year.

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‘Tis the Season for Christmas Jumpers

Celebrate Christmas with a fun and high quality Christmas Jumper from Sweater Shop. View a selection below, to view our entire range from Sweater Shop, click here.                                                                            film War for the Planet of the Apes download

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Choosing Women’s Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Cardigans

With the glorious summer weather temporarily on hold, you may need more than the T-shirts, shorts and dresses this week. At Universal Textiles we have a variety of hoodies, sweatshirts and cardigans ideal for cool summer evenings and those chillier days. Light layering, as it’s often known, allows you to be prepared for all weathers and temperatures, without being weighed down by cumbersome garments when it stays warm. Below we take a look at just a few on offer.

We begin with this Gildan Crewneck Sweatshirt. Made with the quality you would expect from Gildan, this sweatshirt has a soft feel and heavy blend to keep you comfortable and warm. The classic crewneck design is available in 26 colours, making it the perfect garment to wear when the temperature drops.

The cardigan is great piece for this time of year, and one such example is this Plain Long Sleeve Cardigan. Loose fitting and lightweight, it’s provides an ideal solution when out on a summer evening. This particular cardigan is fitted with two pockets and available in six colours.

Hoodies such as this SG Full Zip Hoodie are also suited to summer casual wear. With a full front zip and waffle fabric in the hood, this cool lightweight garment will keep you warm without being stuffy. The hoodie also has the additional bonus of a pocket for your MP3 player and buttonhole opening for earphone cables.

Another hoodie on offer is the Fruit of the Loom Fitted Hoodie. A high quality garment, it provides greater shape retention than many others and an extremely soft feel. Fitted to the feminine form, this simple, classic and high quality item is available in ten unique colours.

Perfect for wearing over a shirt or blouse, this Henbury Fine Knit V-Neck Jumper will add a touch of understated sophistication and class to many an outfit. Ideally suited to both casual and formal wear, this lightweight fitted jumper is available in three colours.

Lastly, we have a new range of Extra Long Jumpers, including this Cable Knit Casual Short Sleeved Extra Long Jumper. They can be worn both as an individual piece with tights or leggings or as layering for an existing outfit. Made from high quality fabric and available in a variety of designs, these make an excellent addition to your wardrobe throughout the year.

To view our full range of Women’s Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Cardigans click here.

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