One of a kind, handspun, plant-dyed, British rare breed wool blanket. All handspun at home on my Ashford Traditional wheel, using native plant dyes for the colour, including madder, walnut, woad and a sneaky bit of birch leaf.
This piece was an exploration of double weave, so it is twice the width of my loom - each pass of the weft weaves either the top layer or bottom layer, and when it is taken off the loom, it unfolds to become twice the width. This is a painstaking process, but it increases the options available to me on my rigid heddle loom.
It measures 1m by 1m20 without the tassels.
It is light and airy and warm, it would be a perfect piece on the bottom of your bed, or on the sofa to warm you up by the fire.
It is so soft. It's a sort of smooth sheeny sort of soft. But floaty light, too, because as always - its the spaces in between that mean the most.
We have a small and beautiful flock of sheep and we look after them as family - from the shearing, which is done with hand blades to reduce noise and stress, to their lush fields on our farm, we breed them for their incredible fleeces and the value of their gazing to the biodiversity of our fields.
From our Shetlands, Portlands, and Exmoor horns, and a splash of our Texel Ryeland cross boy, Shrek.