Softly textured Jacob wool scarf with plant dyed Portland wool highlights.
Straight from the Exmoor hills, woven on an old counterbalance Dryad loom.
Beautifully soft white and black Jacob wool from a small flock of these rare breed sheep at Heydon Hill Wood.
My own Portland ewes provided the fleece for the plant dyed highlights.
This cloth is a product of the skills and expertise of the shepherd, shearer and weaver.
It is a year's grazing, the shepherd feeding daily in the winter, watching for illness, moving from pasture to new pasture, worried days and frozen water troughs and droughts and love and care.
It is the skill of the shearer who, while taking care to preserve the value of the fleece and welfare of the animal, shares his knowledge of how the ewe is doing.
It is the passion and dedication of the family run mill that advised and supported and spun the yarn for me.
It reflects the colours I find on the farm, weld and coreopsis grown right next to the sheep field.
165cm by 33cm.
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