Autumn/winter/early spring scarf or shawl, delicately handwoven with singly ply regeneratively farmed British wool from beautiful Somerset.
This particular one is very special to me as it is woven in gratitude to the wonderful experience that has been walking the Cape Wrath Trail.
Maol Bhuidhe is arguably one of mainland Britain’s most remote inhabitable buildings, the shortest way to reach it is by a ten mile hike involving section of pathless terrain and a bridgeless river crossing. The experience of spending the night there is absolutely unique and almost surreal, with time standing still and the boundaries between the seen and the unseen dissolving.
My woven scarves are multifunctional pieces that you can choose to either wear or brighten up your living space with. They can be used as long hanging displays on the wall or, in my case, on the door. They can live on the table as table runners or why not as a throw on a neatly made bed.
They are lightly woven with single ply yarn, but are wide and long enough to protect you in winter. The wool is warm and worn in layers catches pockets of air for insulation. But due to the light weave they can also be used as a shawl on a spring, autumn or even a chilly summer eve at the pub, in the park, woods or the outdoor place of your choice.
The lovely farm that supplies my wool is Regenerative, GM free, Grass fed (no grains), High Welfare certified as well as EOV (Ecological Outcome Verification) verified. In a nutshell, this means that instead of depleting the soil, they improve it.
Both warp and weft are naturally dyed. The warp is variegated, with a beautiful flow between blue, dark teal and brown. The wool has been hand dyed in my kitchen and the water from the exhaust dye baths goes back into the soil and any remaining plant material into our garden compost bin.
Dyes used: indigo, rhubarb leaf, walnut hulls, weld, meadowsweet. Indigo, weld and rhubarb are home grown, walnut hulls and meadowsweet are locally foraged.
My patterns are always asymmetrical, always intuitive, never following a pre-made recipe. All the items are unique and I will never weave two identical ones.
Hand washing and drying flat is recommended. The fabric will soften up with wash. As with any delicate handmade item, it is recommended to be gentle when handling, especially if they feature textural elements.
Natural dyes are PH sensitive, therefore they must be washed with PH neutral soap (I use Ecover Delicate of which I have tested the PH myself).
Please note that natural dyes look different depending on the light. Photos taken outdoors on a bright day. Also please note that even though I did my best to take an accurate photo of the colour, it can differ from screen to screen.