wildwoven

Feelgood yarns, weaving kits & supplies; wall hangings

Rhayader, United Kingdom | 381 Sales

wildwoven

Feelgood yarns, weaving kits & supplies; wall hangings

Rhayader, United Kingdom 381 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (94)

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Announcement   Thank you for visiting my shop. Did you know that all of my yarns are Fair Trade and the majority are hand spun especially for me in Chile and Peru?
I stock many more yarns than I can ever list in my shop, so if you have a colour, texture or project in mind, please do get in touch - I am very happy to make up bespoke orders and love a challenge!
And if you want to be sure to hear about new yarns, kits and offers, why not favourite my shop? That way you will never miss out :-)

AND DON'T FORGET: FREE UK P&P ON MOST ITEMS IN MY SHOP

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 15, 2019

Thank you for visiting my shop. Did you know that all of my yarns are Fair Trade and the majority are hand spun especially for me in Chile and Peru?
I stock many more yarns than I can ever list in my shop, so if you have a colour, texture or project in mind, please do get in touch - I am very happy to make up bespoke orders and love a challenge!
And if you want to be sure to hear about new yarns, kits and offers, why not favourite my shop? That way you will never miss out :-)

AND DON'T FORGET: FREE UK P&P ON MOST ITEMS IN MY SHOP

Liz

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Updates

I'm excited to be sponsoring the new Mollie Makes Library of Weaving Techniques: a great new guide for beginners, or more experienced weavers looking for inspiration. Check it out at http://www.molliemakes.com/stitch-library/library-of-weaving-techniques/
Come & find me @unravel in Farnham from 22-24th Feb. I'll be selling yarns & kits on my añañuca stand. Yes! I know it's confusing, I sometimes forget who I am too ;-)..but plans are afoot to merge all of my woolly activities into one, so watch this space!
These little trees are such fun to make and a great introduction to dimensional weaving. I'm busy putting the finishing touches on a new kit which will be in my shop on 1st Feb for £29. 10% discount if you pre-order: msg me for details. Happy weaving!
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About

Passionate about all things woolly!

For as long as I can remember I have loved working with wool and textiles. I learnt to knit as a young child, sewed most of my own clothes as a teenager, and watched my mother learn to spin the wool from our own sheep. But growing up in a fiercely academic household I was persuaded that this passion could only ever be a hobby....
Fast forward a few years and I knitted my way through a degree before heading to South America with my backpack, determined to indulge my long held fascination with indigenous textiles.
Whilst there, I fell in love with the landscapes and people of Chile and vowed to find a reason to return…
…I devoted my postgraduate studies to deepening my understanding of the region and then headed back to Chile to undertake doctoral research amongst rural communities in the south. By this time I was a committed environmentalist, and was interested in the contribution that organic farming practices could make towards sustaining rural livelihoods, but I have to confess that it wasn’t long before I reverted to type, and became far more fascinated by what the women were doing…
I was bewitched by the alchemy that women could perform with some roughly spun wool and a few leaves in a dye pot over a simple wood fire, before skilfully weaving thick, utilitarian rugs and blankets on a loom built from scavenged branches. But I also saw how through poverty and isolation they were often exploited by those who came to buy their goods, only to re-sell them at much higher prices in regional markets.
At the same time, I was struck by the irony that Chile is one of the world’s major wool producers, shipping much of its prized merino wool crop directly to the UK for processing and use in the fashion industry….
I realised that I was far too hands-on for a career in academia, but instead knew that I wanted to try to find a way to help these women to add value to the abundant wool resource that surrounded them…and so in 2009, my 'day job' business, añañuca was born….

Whilst in Chile I learnt to weave, both traditional 'Mapuche' weaving, and decorative tapestry weaving, which I also teach back here in the UK.
I love the rich textures of handspun wool, and enjoy the spontaneous creativity of decorative tapestry weaving, which I consider to be weaving without rules! And being quite a sentimental person, I love how this style of weaving lends itself to incorporating found or treasured objects - I am incapable of going for a walk without picking up a leaf or a stick, or a pebble, which sooner or later will find its way into one of my weavings.
'wildwoven' started out as a little piece of me-space. Somewhere to sell the weavings that have started to clutter up the house. Then people started to ask for the yarns that I was using...and so in my shop I decided to put together a carefully curated selection of some of my very favourite weaving yarns and tools. I am fortunate to have access to a vast array of colours and textures, from fine yarns to thick and shaggy art yarns in both natural dyes and conventional 'acid' dyes. If you have a project in mind but cannot see quite what you are looking for, I would be delighted to help create a bespoke selection just for you - please do not be afraid to ask!

Shop members

  • Liz Beasley - textile artist

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • David

    Assistant

    Hubby David makes my weaving frames for me in our draughty Welsh barn whilst I work in the (relative) warmth & comfort of the studio that he renovated for me in the barn next door.

Production partners

  • Cecilia

    Chile

    Indie Dyer

  • Community groups/indigenous associations

    Chile

    Artisan spinners and natural dyers

  • David

    Wales, United Kingdom

    Hubby David makes all of my weaving frames for me in our draughty old barn.

  • Handspinners & Indie Dyer

    Peru

    Natural dyeing of handspun cottons

  • Iris

    Los Ríos Region, Chile

    Iris is a fantastic rug weaver - she specialises in shaggy knotted rugs woven in handspun sheeps wool.

  • Ivonne

    Concepción, Chile

    Ivonne is a talented basket weaver from central Chile who I have known since 2009. She weaves traditional Mapuche style baskets which are great for storing yarn or sewing notions.

  • Jorge

    Chile

    Wood carver

  • Luis

    Chile

    Wood carver

  • Marcia

    Chile

    Textile Artist and Designer from the Island of Chiloe.

Local

Find wildwoven at the following upcoming markets!

  • Unravel Fesival
    Farnham Maltings
    Bridge Sq
    FARNHAM, SURREY

    Feb 22–24

    A must fibre festival to visit. Everything you could possibly need for all of your knitting, crochet, weaving, dyeing, spinning and craft. Two floors packed with the most amazing artisans from far and wide. Lots of workshops and talks. Everyone is so helpful and inspiring. Advance tickets are available from the Maltings box office.

  • Wonderwool Wales
    Royal Welsh Showground
    Llanelwedd
    BUILTH WELLS, POWYS

    Apr 27–28

    A Festival of Welsh Wool & Natural Fibres Join us at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells for the 13th Annual Wonderwool Wales Festival. It's your chance to enjoy a fantastic range of Welsh and British artisan products and an opportunity to meet the wonderful people who made them. A great family day out with hands-on woolschool workshops and events showcasing the best in Welsh and British wool and natural fibres.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 6, 2019
Welcome to my Etsy shop. I hope that you will enjoy browsing my products as much as I enjoy working with them! If you have any questions, or any special requests, please do get in touch - I really do want to help! And I shall endeavour to respond within a few hours - I am rarely far from my phone, even when out feeding the animals or waiting for the school bus! Except on a Sunday - when I may tune out for a while ;-)
For my 'day job' I run a small fair trade business (añañuca) supporting spinners and weavers in Chile. I am a supplier member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers), so you can rest assured that all of my weaving yarns are sourced directly by me, adhering strictly to fair trade principles. If you would like to know more, why not visit my website: www.ananuca.co.uk.
Oh, and I also have a new Etsy sister shop selling home furnishings, made by me using handwoven textiles from Chile: ananucainteriors.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 4 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I hope that you will love your purchase, but I understand that sometimes something just isn't right.  If you wish to return something I will be happy to offer an exchange or refund, but please contact me by email at liz.ananuca [!at] gmail.com within fourteen days of receiving your goods to arrange return. Returned items will only be accepted unused, undamaged and in perfect condition within twenty one days of the purchase date. Please obtain proof of posting from the Post Office. Goods are returned at the purchaser's own cost. The delivery charge and any import duties paid on the original order are non-refundable.  Refunds will be issued in the same way that payment was made. For example, if you paid by card the refund will go to the same card that the payment was made on.

Items that are returned to me without prior communication will be treated as unauthorised cancellations and will not automatically be eligible for refund.

This also applies to items which are returned to me by the postal service due to non-delivery. All international orders are shipped with online tracking and I urge customers to check the status of their parcel in the case of delayed delivery and to contact me (and the local postal service) as soon as possible after delivery was expected so that we can work together to resolve any problems in a timely manner.
If you are not at home when delivery was attempted please follow instructions on the card left and make all reasonable attempts to re-schedule delivery with the local postal service.
I cannot consider an item for refund whilst tracking shows that the item is at the local postal depot awaiting customer instructions for re-delivery.

Cancellations: I have a four hour cancellation window. This is because I aim to ship orders as quickly as possible, sometimes on the same day that the order is received.
Payment
Payment via Paypal
Shipping
SHIPPING TIME ESTIMATES:
I endeavour to ship items on the day following receipt of your order. Occasionally we will need to make an item specially, in which case, I aim to ship within 3 days of receipt of order.
I will message you as soon as I receive your order (normally on the same day), to let you know when exactly I intend to ship your item.

Here is some information about the shipping services that I use:

UK Delivery:
Free UK Delivery on all orders over £12: all items will be sent by Royal Mail Second Class or courier. Delivery estimate: 2-3 working days (including Saturday).
Want something fast? I also offer the following services at subsidised rates:
Royal Mail 1st Class signed & Royal Mail Next Day Delivery.
If you choose either of these options at checkout, items will require a signature on receipt.

EU Delivery:
Most orders are shipped using Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed. Occasionally I will use a courier such as UPS for heavier items:
Delivery estimate: 3-5 days. Fully tracked. Parcel will require a signature on delivery.*
*If you prefer to opt for a 'no signature' required' option (still fully trackable), please let me know when ordering.

United States Delivery:
Most orders are shipped using Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed. Occasionally I will use a courier such as UPS for heavier items. All items are fully trackable:
Delivery estimate: 5-7 days. Parcel will require a signature on delivery*

PLEASE NOTE: If your order exceeds the 2kg weight limit I will email you with a quote for delivery, this is due to the potentially high cost of international shipping above this weight.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR MULTIPLE ORDERS (EU & US): It can be very difficult to precisely predict shipping costs for orders that involve several items. If you are concerned that your shipping total seems excessively high, please contact me and I will weigh your package and give you an accurate quote.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR TRACKED ITEMS
I urge all of my overseas customers to check their items tracking regularly at www.royalmail.com (or courier, as advised). Tracked items will require a signature upon receipt and in the event that you are not at home to receive the parcel a reminder will be left requesting that you contact the post office to rearrange delivery at your convenience. Please don't forget to do this, else you risk having your parcel returned to sender!!!
If a tracked and signed service is problematic for you, please discuss this with me prior to shipping.

I WILL REFUND TO YOUR ACCOUNT ANY OVER-PAYMENT IN SHIPPING COSTS ONCE THE ITEM HAS BEEN SHIPPED. I will consider as over-payment any amount in excess of £1 over actual shipping cost.

CUSTOMS ETC. Customs charges are the responsibility of the customer. I cannot be held responsible for delays due to customs.

I am happy to ship to other overseas destinations. Please contact me for a quote.

PACKAGING:
Little by little I am trying to do my bit for the environment by eliminating plastic packaging.
Yarn orders are shipped in heavy duty paper sacks sealed with paper tape (latex glue).
Larger items are boxed and, if padding is required, I try wherever possible, to use shredded (recyclable) paper waste.
Additional policies and FAQs
ENGLISH NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE? I ALSO SPEAK SPANISH & FRENCH. SO PLEASE MESSAGE ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

FAQ:
What do you mean by 'rustic' frames?
My weaving frames are not made in a factory, but by my husband David. He uses reclaimed or scrap pine wherever possible, and I like how the characterful irregularities of the wood complement our rustic yarns. So, please expect some degree of 'imperfection' in the finishes - it is intentional. The frames are very sturdy, but the wood may have pronounced knots, or unevenness of surface. The back of the frame is simply nailed and glued, but all of this is out of sight.

I have never woven before, will I be able to manage one of your kits?
All of my kits come with detailed instructions with photographs. Each kits will specify the skill level within the description.
My beginner kits are suitable for absolute beginners (including children, with adult help) - you will learn a few basic techniques, which you will then have the opportunity to practice with the different textured yarns included. These kits should take roughly 2-4 hours to complete.
My beginner-intermediate kits are still suitable for beginners, but the techniques involved will be a little more fiddly with more involved instructions, so really it is a case of deciding if you are a beginner with nimble fingers and plenty of patience! Expect to take 4-6 hours to complete one of these kits.

COLOUR REPRESENTATION:
I do my best to represent the true colours of the yarn, but please be aware that colours may vary between my monitor and yours.

BESPOKE ORDERS:
I am happy to make bespoke orders in colour and dimensions of your choice. Please contact me for details. Normal turnaround speed for yarns and kits is 3-5 days depending on availability of yarns. Turnaround for bespoke weavings is 14-28 days depending on size, complexity and availability of yarns.

FOR TRADE ORDERS: please email me at wildwoven [!at] gmail.com

NOTE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS:
PETS: I process orders in a house with three cats. I am unable to provide information as to the pets that may be present in the houses of the women in Chile who spin my yarn, although I am aware that some do keep dogs.

PLANTS: My handspun Chilean yarns are spun in the home. The women wash, comb and prepare the raw sheeps' fleece themselves. Some of my yarns are also plant dyed. You will expect to find small pieces of plant debris tangled in the wool fibres. A certain amount of dirt and plant debris may come out of the wool on washing. Colour fastness is not affected.
If you do have any concerns/questions, please ask before you order!

WE ARE A NON SMOKING HOUSEHOLD