This beautiful handwoven wool shawl was inspired by the kingfisher bird in my local woodland.
If I am extremely lucky, I see the resident kingfisher at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolseley Centre. Such a beautiful and elusive bird, I think over a space of 20 or so years I’ve seen it twice, and even then, only fleeting!
Recently, a few people shared photo’s of kingfishers on the Cannock Chase Wildlife Group on Facebook, this re-ignited my passion for birds like this, and led me to wanting to create a woven shawl.
The weave is a weft float weave with saori (Japanese freestyle weaving) style strips of wool added at intervals.
I used contemplative and mindful slow weaving on a hand-operated manual loom using Shetland wool, pure new wool, silk, mohair, wool, hand spun and hand-dyed yarn (that I have produced myself). I integrated bloodstone chip beads along each edge. The weave is a balanced weave, on a floor loom using 3/1 and I’ve mixed the pattern up a bit, as I intuitively do work in a more random way. I mixed the colours of a kingfisher, by random placement of different textures and colours of yarn along the warp, while keeping a consistency of the same colour tones in the weft, but different textures and weights of yarns.
The shawl is light and airy to wear, with the wool content it makes for a lovely shawl for all year round wear. It is delicate and pretty.
The tassles/fringes are all twisted by hand.
This shawl is now SOLD