Back in February 2017, I was commissioned to weave a pure shetland wool shawl for a lady who was relocating to the Highlands of Scotland. She specifically requested heathland or moorland heather colours of the highlands, so Shetland wool was perfect for this weave. She also has a strong ethical and mindful approach to life, so we were the perfect ‘fit’ for working together to create a shawl she would adore. Aside from the connection through our ethical stance, I also have a strong bond with the Highlands of Scotland and visit every summer. I am particularly drawn to the landscapes and seascapes of this amazing part of Scotland, and the colours and textures are a real inspiration for me to work with artistically that I don’t experience anywhere else.
I weave often with shetland wool, usually from the cone, from Jamiesons of Shetland . I am happy to support them as they a family run business and are the only commercial woollen mill on Shetland that spin fleece on the island itself. Take a look at their about us for further information. This appeals to my ethical stance with which wool I use. I am also very drawn to the natural colours that they use for their wool. As this wool is for primarily for weaving tweed cloth, which would traditionally be waulked , it is initially slightly coarse, however, with washing and wear, it does soften. It is lovely and light, but also retains a warmth like no other wool I weave with.
For this design, I also added my own raw fleece Japanese saori style into my weaving, and also, some of my own pure shetland wool that I had hand spun.
This shawl is SOLD