One of a kind high welfare throw.
This throw is soft and hard wearing Icelandic cross Shetland, blade shorn, lamb's wool from our three Shetlandic boys born April 2021.
Our three boys are the sons of our Icelandic ram Ron who we sadly lost last winter. His memory lives on in his boys who are, like him, friendly, handsome and calm.
I spent long winter evenings spinning the raw fleeces on my Ashford spinning wheel. Each one cleaned and carded before spinning and plying in to this lofty warm yarn.
We blade shear our lambs in autumn so that we can use their softest lamb's wool before it has to endure a winter; there is only one super soft lamb fleece in a sheep's life time and by blade shearing we ensure we make the most of them.
The warp is from our own Portland yarn, which was made at a local mill from Portland fleeces that were otherwise destined for the compost heap! By using these fleeces we are supporting the ongoing care of this beautiful rare breed sheep with soft, slightly lustrous warm white fleeces. Portland sheep are stunning.
Our small flock of primitive and rare breed sheep are part of our wildlife friendly smallholding in the edge of Exmoor, where we farm for biodiversity and animal welfare.
Woven on my vintage Dryad Leicester counterbalance 4 shaft loom. Using rosepath tie ups and alternating rosepath weave patterns.
84cm by 144cm not including tassels.
The blanket weights over a kilo, making it incredibly soft and heavy and warm, perfect for wrapping around you on a cold evening.
This is a truly one of a kind piece, great care for the welfare of the animals and the quality of the fleeces has been taken at every step of its creation.