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St. Andrew’s 150 – woven in celebration of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church 150th year. St. Andrew’s is the oldest building in Cromwell still being used for its original purpose.

The base of the cloth is fine cotton in Scottish royal blue. The wrap was woven using natural mulberry silk, giving a luxurious sheen and drape to the piece.

The 8 shaft weave structure in complex with twists, turns, flowing diamonds and twill ladders.

The perfect companion for sitting on the veranda in the evening or morning, drinking coffee or sipping wine coolers! Perfect for an evening out, you can dress it up or down. This would also be a lovely table piece.

The shawl is soft, and drapey. The fringe has been hand knotted in a lattice macramé design.

The shawl has been hand washed and dried, then pressed.

Materials: 100% mulberry silk from Switzerland. 100% fine cotton from Brassard. Hand knotted fringe. Hand wash only.

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This one-off piece is Work 211 and was exhibited at the St. Andrew’s and Friends Exhibition in May 2024. I never weave the same cloth or item twice. Every piece is unique and numbered, every creation has a story to tell.

The cotton I buy is from Maurice Brassard in Québec. This is one of the world’s finest cotton spun yarns. Cotton is a natural fibre that is soft, breathable and absorbent. Cotton can be cool, yet offer warmth, is strong, and can stand up against abrasion wear and high temperature. In one word, cotton is comfortable.

Swiss silks are known around the world for their premium yarns.  Mulberry silk is produced from the silkworms of the Bombyx mori species. Because of its softness, toughness, and lustrous shine, Mulberry Silk Yarn is regarded as one of the most luxurious and high-quality yarns on the market. Silkworms, which use a single continuous thread to spin their cocoons, are the first step in the production of mulberry silk. The integrity of the thread is ensured by carefully collecting the cocoons before the Bombyx mori moths emerge in order to harvest the silk – before metamorphosis, the caterpillar feeds exclusively on the white mulberry leaf — this is one of the reasons why this silk is known for its second-to-none quality. The sericin, a protein that keeps the silk strands together, is next softened by boiling or steaming the cocoons. The silk fibres from the cocoons are then removed and spun into yarn.

Dimensions: width 24″ – 61cm // length w/o fringe 72″ – 182cm // fringe 3 1/2″ – 9cm.

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