2017 poses a historic year for Jack Masters (British Christmas Jumpers parent company), celebrating 30 golden years of knitwear manufacturing in Leicestershire.Incremental to this commemorative year Jack Masters are delighted to announce the factories talent and work is now available to view at Leicester’s Newarke Houses Museum as part of an exhibition exploring the booming Leicestershire Knitwear industry.The exhibition celebrates the iconic history of knitwear manufacturing within Leicestershire, displaying a curated selection of pieces that demonstrate the flair of creativity and evolvement delivered within knitwear manufacturing over the decades. Jack Masters exhibit alongside leading Leicestershire manufacturers Wolsey and Corah – adjacencies Jack Masters are delighted to be aligned with.Jack Masters case at Newarke Houses Museumfeaturing British Christmas Jumpers 'Multicultural Jumper'Jack Masters have been selected by exhibition curator Philip French to highlight the factories continuous strive to be at the forefront of modern knitwear technology, adding to the 30 year reigning factories success and continuous growth. To date the business has received significant investment from the regional growth fund supporting imperative investment into new machinery and design software, truly reflecting the importance of ‘Keeping Leicester Knitting’.Director Snahal Patel proudly voices the importance of development whilst celebrating a timeless skilled workforce “The constant blending and refinement of traditional manufacturing techniques with the latest machinery and modern yarns has meant that we have innovated year on year in reaction to current trends.”The Jack Master’s vitrine at the Newarke Gallery features the businesses most iconic knitwear piece produced to date, the ‘Multicultural Jumper’. Launched for Christmas 2014 at the height of the Christmas jumper phenomenon the Multicultural jumper made headlines across the UK and abroad, with national papers divided in views - some voicing the piece was ‘PC gone too far’, yet many celebrating the sheer brilliance of uniting the festive season and dozens of cultures within the UK. Not only a proud moment for Jack Masters but also a continuous best seller each festive season.Newarke Houses Museum, LeicesterPhillip French, curator at Newark Houses Museum
Dilip Patel, Founder and Director at Jack Masters
- “The museum service has always collected material relating to local industries, with textiles being especially important. It is great to highlight the success of this firm and to display their innovative and colourful products.
Newarke Houses Museum
- “This is a wonderful recognition of all the work and efforts of our staff and the wider Leicestershire and UK textile community in supporting us as a company and our industry.”
Display now until Sunday 18th June
Opening Times Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm / Sunday 11am – 5pm
Your guide to creating a Bespoke Christmas Collection for your brand| Made in Great Britain |
As we are forever in the Christmas spirit here at British Christmas Jumpers we have designed a step by step guide on how to design your very own custom Christmas jumper.Whether you are a designer, a buyer or from a promotional house this article will give you a good idea of the overall process from start to finish topped with some extra festive tips and tricks on how to create the perfect custom Christmas jumper for your brand or customers
Step 1- The Idea...? The Campaign...? The Amplifier...?
Social Media Competition...? Charity Fundraiser...? Influencer or PR Campaign? In-Store Christmas Uniforms...? Staff Christmas Party...? User Generated Content Campaign?
These are some of the innovative ways brands have used and amplified their marketing by using Bespoke Christmas Jumpers
(Above) Absolutely Fabulous the movie Christmas jumper in support of Macmillan. Featuring Jessica Alba and Kelly sawyer wearing the Ab-fab Christmas jumper (bottom left) and the original Patsy and Edie - Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders flaunting their bespoke jumper (bottom right)
Step 2 - The Products and DesignWe can design and knit jumpers, beanies, scarves, hot water bottle covers, santa sacks, stockings, and even gift packaging for your clients.
Here at our knitwear factory in Leicester we like to make the design process as simple as possible for you, which is why we have a selection of jumper templates we can send to you for customisation or alternatively our experienced designers can design on your behalf.
We also accept sketches, as demonstrated below by Vimto, or if you are a Adobe Photoshop pro or an experienced designer we also happily accept CAD drawings and spec sheets.
Vimto's original design sketch (top right), followed by the finished bespoke Christmas jumper (bottom left) featuring the Facebook competition and promotional giveaway campaign (bottom right)
Our bespoke knitwear design service
Alongside transforming your artwork into a 3D reality our experienced design team offers a custom design service. We endeavour to create a Christmas jumper which will match your every expectation and end customer goals.
Step 3- Understanding Knitwear Gauges
Gourmet Burger Kitchens' custom Christmas jumper example (top left) and England Rugby's 12 gauge bespoke Christmas jumper example (top right) followed by close up detail of 7 gauge Gourmet Burger Kitchen Christmas jumper (bottom left) and close up detail of a 12 gauge England Rugby Christmas jumper (bottom right).
We have different machines which knit at different 'thicknesses' so deciding the gauge which is the 'chunkiness' of the fabric you would like is important to the design.
What does knitwear gauge mean...? Knitwear gauges refer to number of needles in one inch on our machines.
A good way of understanding gauges is to think of it like this… 12 gauge means 12 needles are needed to knit 1 inch of fabric. So, these needles are very fine and produce fine gauge knitwear. Here’s another example, we also have 7 gauge machines, which means 7 needles are needed to produce 1 inch of fabric resulting in a more ‘chunky’ knit than a 12 gauge piece of knitwear
- We find 7 gauge jumpers are good for brands with more structured branding, and 12 gauge for brands with more artistic branding
Step 4- Choosing colours for a knitted jacquard pattern
When designing a Christmas jumper, something to bear in mind is that in a jacquard design (jacquard is a knitting term for a design pattern) our machines can only knit a maximum of 3 colours per row, and a maximum 5 colours overall.
Example of a jacquard pattern in knitwear
Step 5- 3D Knitwear CAD
Once we have received your concept our in-house design team work their magic by producing a beautiful 3D CAD for your consideration, on approval we will then proceed to a knitted sample.
(Above) 3D knitwear CAD simulation of the England Rugby bespoke Christmas jumper (right) and Christmas accessories including bespoke beanie hat and scarf and custom hot water bottle (left)
Step 6- Bespoke back neck labelsWe can source your branded back neck labels on your behalf. Just check out our examples below....
Examples of bespoke back neck labels which we design and source for you as part of our complete package.
Step 7- Lead-timesEven with a simple sketch we can provide your brand with a design and sample within 7 to 14 working days. Production lead times are 6 - 8 weeks for orders placed before September.
We hope that this article has given you an understanding how to curate your own Christmas Collection! So, enjoy and get creative! And we look forward to working on your designs with you soon!!
To start your design journey please contact Bhavik Master at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0)116 402 9993
Here are some examples of our happy customers!
(Above) Absolutely Fabulous the movie Christmas jumper in support of Macmillan cancer support. Featuring Jessica Alba and Kelly sawyer wearing the Ab-fab Christmas jumper (bottom left) and the original Patsy and Edie - Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders flaunting their bespoke jumper (bottom right)
(Above) Gourmet Burger Kitchens Bespoke Christmas was featured in the Metro (top right) and Time Out London as part of their custom GBK Christmas jumper giveaway promotion at the London Soho restaurant
(Above) ao.com's colleagues looking extra festive in their bespoke Christmas jumpers at the Bolton head office- as featured in the Bolton News (left), ready for Christmas jumper day in support of save the children.
(Above) Smeg UK head office looking great in their bespoke Smeg themed Christmas jumpers in support of save the children UK for Christmas jumper day!
(Above) Help for Heroes bespoke Christmas jumper and Christmas gift set
(Above) Bespoke Download festival Christmas jumper and custom Metallica 'scary xmas' Christmas jumper made under license for Live Nation
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