These large, lightweight, wraps can keep you cozy in many ways: as a shawl, as a scarf or as a throw. I think of them as offering a hug from mother earth and a grounding, direct connection to the natural dye and fiber materials. I handweave them on a loom also made in Vermont of local maple.
Quite literally “rooted,” the vibrant reds and shades of pink are from wild madder root that I dig from the ground in late fall, paired with two stripes of earthen-colored black walnut dye. Natural stone-colored fiber carries squares of diagonally aligned lace weave for transparency, movement and lightness.
Wonderfully soft and squishy, the New England grown and spun fiber is 50% Romeldale wool / 50% fine grade alpaca.
28” wide by 72” long, plus 3” of hand twisted fringes. Weighs 8 ounces.
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Your new shawl requires very little care except to be worn and loved. The most important thing is not to put it in the washing machine! To hand wash, fill a basin with warm water and add about a teaspoon of gentle dishwashing liquid, castile soap, or a fiber wash product such as Unicorn Wash or Eucalan. Don’t use Woolite. Put your shawl in the basin and let it soak for 30 minutes without agitating it. Remove and refill the basin with fresh water. Put the shawl back in the basin and let soak for another 10 minutes. Do 2 more rinses in fresh water. Gently squeeze dry and/or roll in a towel and dry flat.