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The Stripes Company Shows and Events 2017

The Stripes Company Shows / Event Dates 2017

STRIPES ON TOUR

See us at a whole host of new shows and events this year. We are excited to be exhibiting at the following:

W.I. Fair
Alexandra Palace London
Stand 342
29 March-1st April 2017

Country Living Spring Fair
Alexandra Palace London
Stand W7
27-30th April 2017

Badminton Horse Trials
Country Living Marquee – Stand 2
3-7th May 2017

House and Garden Festival
Olympia, London
Grow London – Stand GR61
21- 24th June 2017

Hampton Court RHS Flower Show
Country Living Marquee – Stand 988
3-9th July 2017

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show
Outside Country Living Marquee
Wahlu Stand 827
19- 23rd July 2017

Lookout for the Brightest Stripiest Stand and come and say Hello!

the stripes company show stand 2017

stripes company shows

striped products

Won’t be able to make it to any of the show dates in 2017? Visit us online at www.thestripescompany.com or visit our Fabric Factory Outlet Shop near Chester

Crystallised Aprons for Christmas

Our striped cotton aprons are so popular that our customers collect them and give them as gifts to their friends and families. We currently have 53 apron colours in stock – probably the largest collection in the UK.

They suit everyone, provide coverage where needed with an adequate hand wiping area and wash beautifully time after time. Capacious pockets are provided for all the necessary phones, hankies, pens and recipes.

New Limited Edition Aprons
A smattering of lateral thinking involving a sprinkling of crystals has transformed an apron, which is already a win-win, into one worthy of a domestic God or Goddess.

Put Dickensian Christmas firmly in the past by hosting a candlelit meal wearing one of our Swarovski crystal embellished aprons to delight your guests – or even reward your best friend or Mother in Law – these crystals have been applied by a specialist London couturier.

This is a Limited Edition in ten of our best selling apron colours – so please hurry now whilst they are in stock.
swarovski crystal aprons
Other gift ideas coming soon, so please watch this space!

The Stripes Company at The Handmade Fair 2016

The Handmade Fair 2016 stripes

The Stripes Company at The Handmade Fair 2016

Join us at The Handmade Fair presented by Kirsty Allsop

The Green at Hampton Court Palace

Friday – Sunday 16-18 September 2016

Stand W12 in the East Marquee

We will have our new selection of striped fabric squares, striped fabrics and fabric trimmings, pompom fringes and haberdashery plus many items from our Home Accessories range ideal for organising your sewing, knitting and crafting accoutrements

Guide to Fabrics (Part 1) With Maria From The Stripes Company

Part one of our fabric videos features Maria with a practical guide on how to use our deckchair fabrics with a few top tips thrown in.

Video Transcription:

Hello I’m Maria from The Stripes Company and I would just like to explain a little bit about all the different fabrics that we do.

First of all let’s have a look at our deck chair fabrics. It’s 45 centimetres wide, woven cotton and fits any deck chair. It’s not intended for prolonged outdoor use so it’s perfect for a chair that is kept indoors and brought out when the sun shines.

Let’s have a look at it on a deckchair.  Here is one of our standard teak deck chairs and we have covered it in one of our stripes. Traditionally stripes are always bright colours to allow for fading. The top rail is longer than the bottom rail to allow for the deck chair to be folded up. We supply complete deck chairs covered in any of our fabrics of your choice or, to fit one our canvases yourself we have made a great little video explaining this, just see the link in the description below.

Here is one of our teak directors chairs using the pull-out dowelling method of fixing the seat. As you will notice on the seat and the back the Stripes are horizontal instead of vertical. This is so that the warp threads are supported on either side of the seat. The stripes show the direction of the warp and if you sit on it by putting on the wrong way it will rip. We sell these with covers specially made for you in any of our stripes. Or we offer a made to measure service for your own chair as they are all different sizes and you can make sure that it will fit your chair properly.

Thank you for watching our video, it is the first of many, I hope you enjoy them all and please keep watching.

Reference in the video:

Pompom Trim – Fabric Trimmings

The Stripes Company velvety soft pompom trim made of 100% cotton comes in lots of different colours to coordinate with our stripe fabrics.

You will be amazed how fabulous they look edging blinds, curtains, pelmets, cushions and soft furnishings.

They wash beautifully at 30 degrees and each run of different colour bobbles is secured to tape which may be stitched into seams.

pompom trim

pompom trim on a deckchair canopy

We have ranges of pompom fringe that have 1.5 cms diameter pompoms with gaps of approximately 4 cms between each pompom and another with 2.5 cms diameter where the gaps are 5 cms between pompoms.

The Teak Directors Chair

Our new Teak Directors Chair – Are you ready for a close up?

Lights! Camera! Action… No, skip that last bit, instead, why not sit back, grab a refreshing cuppa and enjoy the comfort and style of our new technicolour directors chair.

You will be in great company of course. Legendary auteurs such as Hitchcock, Spielberg and Fellini have all experienced the unique convenience and comfort of these legendary chairs.  Look what they managed to achieve! Who knows what you might do with one of our especially stripy versions. The sky’s the limit.

Be a star in our new directors chair

It’s not just film directors who benefitted. No! Virtually every acting star you can name has probably parked their derriere on any number of these chairs ever since the golden age of Hollywood. Why should they have all the fun?

You too can be a star in your own home and we can guarantee from the Stripes Company your chair will be considerably more colourful, eye catching and yes, stripy (we had to say that it was in the script!). So what are you waiting for? Order yours and let’s make some glorious, technicolour movies together.

Teak directors chair

Our new teak version of the director chair with black stripe covers ‘Shooting Stripe’

They don’t make ‘em like that anymore

To ensure they are rugged and will survive ‘on set ‘our premium directors chair is made of the highest quality Indonesian teak. Our talent scouts ensure all the wood used is beautiful, warm coloured and even grained so when you show your best side to yours it will help to enhance the illusion. Moreover, like an award winning script, our new version was specially commissioned by the Stripes Company. Their production is by a foremost manufacturer working to the highest ethical standards. You could say they are crafted like an Oscar winning film and, like a classic movie, will stand the test of time.

The award for most convenient stripy chair goes to…

Because our version folds down easily and quickly, you can store them conveniently when not in use. Should rain stop filming or the sun gets too bright, you can take them indoors to ensure the stripy covers remain in tiptop condition. They’ll always be ready for you to bring them out at a moment’s notice for the comfort of the budding stars and starlets in your household!

yellow directors chair

directors chair ‘butterfly stripe’

And the stripy lifetime achievement award goes to…

If you already own some of these iconic chairs but, after years of great performance, the fabric has lost its former glamour you could use our replacement directors chairs covers makeup service. Like all our complete chairs, this service is available in our full range of stripetacular deckchair or vintage deckchair fabric. So what are you waiting for? Get into makeup, put on your costume and order some of our fantastic stripy directors chairs. Stardom beckons…

director chair petanque stripe

director chair petanque stripe

director chair jazz stripe

director chair jazz stripe

Ticking Stripe Fabric

Ticking stripe fabric please…

The Stripes Company are often asked for traditional striped ticking fabric. So often in fact that we thought we really should get some in stock for all you ticking stripe fabric lovers out there. So, we’re happy to offer this great material in three fabulous stripy combinations that will perform just like the ticking fabric of old, but is softer in texture and has an attractive herringbone weave.  Indeed, we are so proud of our new up to date, bright stripe version we often refer to it by its full formal title of English ticking.

ticking stripe fabric in beige and blue stripe

Ticking stripe fabric in beige and blue stripe

Ticking what?

For those well versed in interior design there are some projects can only be properly achieved by the use of good old-fashioned ticking stripe fabric. However, for those who are making it up as they go along the likely response will be ticking what?
Just in case you are in the latter category ticking fabric is a robust, tightly woven cotton or linen cloth that traditionally comes in a stripy pattern.  You can see why it’s right up our street. But it’s also a really useful fabric, it’s hardwearing and is used to make fabulous pillows and quilts that the feather filling can’t poke through.
Some of us are old enough to remember the times as a kid when we stayed overnight at our Granny’s on an old creaky bed. The lovely, soft mattress we bounced around had a ticking fabric cover and it was great (and stripy).

Ticking fabric – the old ways are often the best

Nowadays, those with a passion for interiors are aware of the merits of using traditional materials as a way of making good quality, robust items that look fantastic and will last. It’s no wonder this stripy old school fabric is rapidly becoming a very up-to-date design choice.
Today the classic striped design looks great as blinds or curtains especially in houses that are looking for a traditional or retro look. And, rather than being a utility item, modern ticking fabric is a great design alternative especially for those who, for some reason, prefer their stripes in more muted shades.

It’s ticking versatile

Ticking fabric has many great uses especially where you need stripy and durable performance.  You can use it for any number of purposes including furniture upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths, basket liners or curtains. As our modern ticking is also lovely and soft so you can be sure it will make plush, comfortable cushions, pillows or mattresses. Indeed, you could even knock up some distinctive stripy clothes if you’re that way inclined. We would love to see the results!

Ticking stripe fabric in blue and red stripe

Ticking stripe fabric in blue and red stripe

Order some today – the clock is errr ticking

At 150 cms wide, our modern ticking stripe fabric is suitable for any number of soft furnishing or decorative uses. We know you like things stripy so why not order some of this classic fabric for your interior design project and discover why, sometimes, the old ways of doing things are still the best. As ever, we will do our utmost to supply our sumptuous stripy ticking fabric that is sure to make your project look simply marvellous!

Shop The Stripes Company Ticking Fabric today!

Windbreaks for the Beach

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!  So goes the oft-sung ditty as families on the great British Bank Holiday get into the car and set off for their local resort full of the joys of summer, anticipating the life affirming benefits of sea air, candyfloss and a cone of steaming chips. Time to hit the beach!  Alas, it’s never that simple is it?  Even on our best days in the UK the weather will always have its say.  Despite the sunshine the inevitable coastal breeze can still bring a distinctly chilly edge to your trip. That’s where one of our typically stripy windbreaks for the beach will save the day.

Got Wind?  You need one of our Windbreaks for the Beach!

Nothing will take the gloss of your lovely day out than shivering under your stripy towel and grimacing at the grim crunch of sand that’s blown into your cheese sandwich. If only you had taken one of our windbreaks to shelter you from the cooling breeze allowing you to fully enjoy your day. Better still, our fantastic windbreaks for the beach will add a vibrant lift to your day beside the sea as you can buy your beach windbreak from our wide range of stripetastic colour combinations. Just like a sugary display of seaside rock. There’s bound to be one that suits your sunny personality especially when you’ve got that holiday feeling.

windbreaks for the beachDon’t Like The Beach?  You need a Beach Windbreak…

Even if you’re the type that doesn’t enjoy the seaside one of our stripy windbreaks for the beach will still improve your days out. Let’s face it the key word here is ‘wind’ and that doesn’t, unfortunately, confine itself to the coast.  Having your lovely stripy beach windbreak handy will protect you from the breeze on picnics in the country, on a weekend camping trip or even in the garden when you want to spend some time lazing around at home on a sunny but blowy day.

pink and blue windbreak for the beach

Stripes Company Windbreak in ‘Fastnet Stripe’

Out of Puff? – Not with our Windbreaks for the Beach

There’s some unusual contraptions around that purport to offer shelter from the wind. Complex things with poles and guy lines that flap around uselessly as you angrily try to put them up. Our brilliant stripy windbreaks couldn’t be simpler. Just unroll, press the four wooden poles into the ground and you’re ready. They’re sturdy and even have a handy pocket to stow those things that blow away and have you comically running down the beach as you try to get them back. When it’s time to go home just roll up your beach windbreak secure using the Velcro ties and you’re off!

Here at the stripes company we think our wide array of cool, stripy beach windbreaks are just the ticket for a great British day out no matter how blustery it is. We’re sure you’ll agree!

beach windbreaks

original windbreaks for the beach at Blackpool for sale

Wooden Deck Chairs For Sale

We don’t just hire deck chairs, we have wooden deck chairs for sale too!

We now have a new range of wooden deck chairs to suit every taste and budget.

Yes, yes, we know what you’re thinking. Something like: Hang on a minute! What do they mean wooden deck chairs? They are all made of wood aren’t they? Well, yes, they are but there’s wood and there’s the wood were using for our extra-special deckchairs. Perhaps we should have put: super duper, brilliantly stripy, extra-special wooden deck chairs for sale to make it clearer. Sorry!

So what’s the wood in these wooden deck chairs for sale ?

We are glad you asked. Up till now our wooden deck chairs for sale have been made from English hardwood, beech to be precise, which is a lovely pale wood, sturdy and top quality timber – we love them. However, as you know, here at the Stripes Company, we like to offer you something special and a bit different and with these new wooden deck chairs for sale, we think we have found just the very thing. These deck chairs are made from Teak.

teak deck chair

Teak wooden deck chair covered in Climbing deckchair fabric

Wow, teak wooden deck chairs for sale! Now I‘m intrigued…

We thought you would be. There just something indefinable about things made from teak. They
ooze superiority and class. With its distinctive darker tone and sturdy feel, everyone will see
that the teak used in these deck chairs is quite simply a cut above and only the most discerning
will know them for the marvellous creations they are. What’s more, when combined with any one
of our fantastic stripy deckchair fabrics you will have a statement piece that literally screams
quality. You might consider having them in your lounge they are that special. Do you see what we meant by wooden deck chairs for sale now?

teak deck chairs

A selection of our new teak deck chairs for sale

The quality is obvious, why not add a canopy and footstool

You’re not going to find these wooden deck chairs for sale in any old seaside resort. The quality is too good to be soiled by discarded fish and chips. There should be no wiping of sticky candyfloss fingers on these fantastic chairs. With the addition of a bespoke canopy and/or footstool covered to order in any of our deck chair fabrics, they should be reserved for a private residence and only the most regal of posteriors. Drinking tea with lemon by the raised beds, daintily biting on a crustless cucumber sandwich whilst enjoying the croquet on the lawn. This, we’re sure you will agree, is the right context for these teak edwardian style wooden deck chairs for sale. And, whilst we want to you to enjoy harking back nostalgically to simpler times, we’ve added our characteristic stripy design edge to offer the perfect union of classic teak deck chairs with a modern, colourful twist.

Edwardian deckchairs

Teak Edwardian style wooden deck chairs for sale with canopy and footstool

Stripy Teak Deckchairs – a stylish investment

We think these wooden deck chairs for sale are a great investment. They will definitely add something special to your time relaxing outdoors. We’ve designed them to last and will look great for years to come. We think they will make a great gift for that special someone or why not buy one for yourself? As a person of impeccable taste, you deserve it!

See our full range of Teak Deck Chairs here.

Bunting – A Guide On Choosing And Using

Bunting Fun, Fun, Fun

Is there any other product that says: ‘Celebration!’ ‘Fun!’ ‘Party!’ more?  If there is, we can’t think of one and believe us we’ve tried.  Just the very word ‘Bunting’ conveys images of memorable days, get togethers and collective happiness. We think it’s just fab’ and is just the thing to make your good times simply great.

It’s not just for street parties

Everyone’s classic image of bunting is when we’re all having a great British street party.  Usually strung round lampposts and fences along a suburban street. Always in patriotic red, white and blue, fluttering in the breeze as a neighbourhood celebrates a jubilee, royal wedding or birthday. Oh the nostalgia.  

However, there are so many more occasions where this colourful addition can make our lives so much better. When well-displayed it can transform virtually any occasion into a bright, colourful spectacle. What ’s more, it’s such a simple idea we’re surprised you haven’t thought about it already. All you need is some handy poles and fences to hang the garlands, a colour scheme that’s meaningful and everything else will fall into place. Promise!

So I can use bunting for other events?

Of course, you can. Our party bunting will elevate any kind of event be it: a wedding, a garden party, a landmark birthday, a corporate event or even an outdoor concert. Simply put some up and see your occasion transform.

Naturally, as you’ve come to expect from The Stripes Company, we have put our trademark stripy spin on our own range of cotton buntings. With our version, vibrant colour is everywhere as you have come to expect and all of a sudden, the versatility reaches new levels.  

It’s not that we don’t like traditional red, white and blue, we do. We even have our special take on this colour scheme called ‘Jubilee’ made from our boxing interior striped fabric. It’s perfect for the Queens’ 90th birthday celebrations, the coronation of a carnival queen or any royal events in the pipeline they’re not telling us about!
Not forgetting the 2016 Olympics in Rio and other National sporting fixtures that need supporting.

red white and blue bunting

Red, White and Blue

We also love our vibrant Multi Stripe, Gingham and Ikat versions too. With such a wide range, you can match your choice to the colour scheme of your event.  What about pink gingham for a baby girl’s christening? Why not try our best selling multi-stripe for a fancy dress party or Ikat for an outdoor concert of an up-and-coming rock band.

bunting

A selection of The Stripes Company Bunting

You could even have a favourite team’s colours to personalise a ‘big’ birthday. It will work for all of these occasions and much more. Of course, you could just go bonkers and mix and match from our colourful selection to create a huge technicolour splash. That would be brilliant!

 

I didn’t know it was so versatile!

Hopefully you do now.  You are only limited by your imagination. So whatever occasion you’re celebrating we have a colour combination to suit from our unique cotton bunting collection or wedding bunting range. We can guarantee it that will look simply fabulous and add that sensational stripy lift. So what are you waiting for? Get some up and start celebrating!

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