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.
The amazing woman who processes and spins my yarns sent me a link to images of a moonbow and northern lights while I was weaving this shawl, and I thought "earthbow" described this palette. The muted earth tones are each just a slight tint off of neutral, but together on a ground of natural dark brown, they form an earthbow spectrum. The dyes are a range of what the land has to offer: natural tones of the fibers themselves, my own grown indigo, black walnut hulls, hypogymnia and parmelia lichens, hydnellum mushrooms, apple tree bark, and goldenrod flowers. Lacy panes dot the alternating stripes to give a sense of transparency and light.
Wonderfully soft and squishy, the New England grown and spun fiber is 50% Romeldale wool / 50% fine grade alpaca.
28” wide by 74” long, plus 3” hand twisted fringes. Weighs 10 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.