Made from 100% vintage wool and mohair. The warp is from an oiled Aran weight from England which makes it extremely tough to withstand the pressure placed by a loom. I’m crushing over this however once I finish this cone it is no longer made. Cherish this piece! The weft is made from one my favorite mills in Maine and although it is vintage and older than me I can luckily secure this wonderful fiber again! The branches are from felled wood from a hard snow. I ran out in my boots to grab this as it was cut into smaller pieces. “I can love and use that!”
21” (53.34cm) wide x 49" (124.46cm) high (woven)
(86.36cm) wide and 52" (132.08cm) high (woven with branches)
:: To work on a Viking loom is appreciating the true beauty of just one part in the rich history of cloth making. I made a modified version of this loom. That in itself felt great. Here’s the finished product with several previous posts during the making: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEzFSyyKOoU/?taken-by=ritzelyo There’s a part of feeling like you’re working with a treasure and in search of one. I hope this feels as much like a treasure on your wall as it was for me to make it for you! ::
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The time may come where you will need to do a soft launder because of changes in the environment or just age (ie. dust – hey, we all have it). The secret to washing wool is understanding the cause of shrinking. 1. Abrasion 2. Extreme temperature change. Wool is one of the mightiest fibers that can withstand a lot but let’s take it easy.
[As this piece is so large and I wouldn’t recommend taking the piece off the branches (they are quite heavy and was pretty difficult to lace it through). As best as you can I would try to beat this piece outside in the fresh air like you would a carpet or vaccuum with the attachment on a brush suction. And if this isn’t enough, please read on to the recommended suggestions for my normal Care Instructions.]
Gently introduce your woven piece into a tub bigger than the piece with a light detergent or none at all if you just want to rinse off dust. I love Eucalyn which cleans and adds lanolin (a natural oil found in wool), but if you don’t want to purchase this I have also found Dr. Bronner’s works really well. Try to avoid commercial laundry detergent as this has some pretty heavy ingredients. If you must raise the temperature do this slowly. Try not to agitate or scrub. Gentle swishing is great and soaking is also fine but try to avoid long periods. I did not dye this or have tested the strength of the dyes and would recommend keeping a watchful eye. Rinse evenly and lay flat on a couple towels underneath and below. Roll loosely to gently move the water out or lay flat and push down gently. Moving to a mesh screen to help circulate the air is best but if you don’t have one, changing with fresh dry towels works. Once it feels mostly dry you can hang again and let it continue to dry. Don’t be scared, but if you are, please contact me and I’ll help you be brave! I wash and boil and dye wool all day long I’ve become a brave pro!