Crafted by hand, my heirlooms are special because of the stories they collect over time. Objects that traveled down the branches of our family tree and ended up in our living rooms.
My heirlooms will represent a beloved person or memory. They add warmth and personality to a home. Not every one of them will have a fantastic history, but will still wrap us up in warm memories.
This is our supply of Asa (bast) Fiber imported to us from Kyoto, Japan.
Natural bast fiber was used in textile in the ancient times.
Bast fibers are collected from the outer cell layers of the plant’s stem. These fibers are used for durable yarn and fabric. Examples are flax, hemp, ramie, rattan, and vine fibers.
The first picture shows 1 kilo each, Aoso (natural ramie), Mapi (natural outerbark of ramie) & Asao (natural hemp)
By hand we will be turning the bast fibers into threads to create our unique artist throws.
The lower picture is how I start to split Aoso (natural ramie) Fiber.
After splitting the fiber, they will be joined together and spun into threads.
“The place where something begins”
The beginning of a Loom Woven, Cotton, Heirloom Blanket.
I weave a blanket that is meant to be used. The cotton is grown and milled in the USA. Two thickness of yarn are use in the creation of these blankets. I start by choosing a pattern from a book that was first published May of 1944. My reprint of the book is the 26th edition, from 1989. After a pattern is chosen, three blankets are woven in a light weight and a heavy weight cotton each. When each blanket is cut off the wooden loom, the ends are hand tied with an overhand knot. That pattern might not every be used again.
These blankets will age just like your favorite old jeans.
Tzedakah, Dāna, Gifting
Of the three of each set, one is removed to gifted to a children hospital.
The remaining two will be offered for purchase.
Handcrafted Throw or Shawl
38″ wide x 72″ long with a 8″ fringe
10/2 Linen & Homespun Wild Himalayan Nettle .