wildwoven

One-of-a kind weaving kits; handspun yarns; fair trade

Rhayader, United Kingdom

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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!

Visit our new website: www.wildaboutweaving.com

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

I am currently shipping standard UK parcels twice a week using either HERMES courier, or Royal Mail 2nd Class, depending on the size of the parcel. I will aim to prepare parcels on a Monday and Friday for shipping on Tuesday and Saturday. I will of course contact you immediately if there is likely to be a delay in shipping.

I continue to dispatch NEXT WORKING DAY parcels daily Monday to Friday via UPS.

Parcels to the UNITED STATES and EUROPE are dispatched twice a week via Royal Mail (fully tracked), or UPS, depending on the size of the parcel.
For detailed information about both UK and INTERNATIONAL shipping options during the current coronavirus outbreak, please see my shop policies.
Thank you for your patience, and please do send me a message if you have any questions.
Take care, Liz x

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 26, 2021

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!

Visit our new website: www.wildaboutweaving.com

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

I am currently shipping standard UK parcels twice a week using either HERMES courier, or Royal Mail 2nd Class, depending on the size of the parcel. I will aim to prepare parcels on a Monday and Friday for shipping on Tuesday and Saturday. I will of course contact you immediately if there is likely to be a delay in shipping.

I continue to dispatch NEXT WORKING DAY parcels daily Monday to Friday via UPS.

Parcels to the UNITED STATES and EUROPE are dispatched twice a week via Royal Mail (fully tracked), or UPS, depending on the size of the parcel.
For detailed information about both UK and INTERNATIONAL shipping options during the current coronavirus outbreak, please see my shop policies.
Thank you for your patience, and please do send me a message if you have any questions.
Take care, Liz x

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About wildwoven

Sales 2,440
On Etsy since 2014

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.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 17, 2021
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 ;-)
I run a small fair trade business 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.

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: 2 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 from within the UK 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 or courier. Goods are returned at the purchaser's own cost.

For parcels shipped outside of the UK, I am able to offer refunds only. The original delivery charge and any import duties paid on the original order are non-refundable. 

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Items being returned internationally MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED "RETURNED GOODS". Failure to do so may incur customs charges which will be deducted from your refund.

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.

Cancellations: I have a two hour cancellation window. This is because I aim to ship orders as quickly as possible, often on the same day that the order is received.
Payment
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Shipping
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SHIPPING DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK :

I am shipping UK parcels twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays*. My order deadline for next day dispatch is 17:00 BST on the preceding day (Monday/Friday). Please be aware that delays are possible with all mail/courier services during the current pandemic.

UK DELIVERY: parcels with Free Shipping will be sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class or Hermes courier (3-5 business days) depending on the size of the parcel.

*DELIVERY UPGRADE option - shipped every working day via UPS or DHL. Example - order by 5pm for next working day collection, delivery aim is currently 2 working days. Please be aware, however, that during the current pandemic couriers are not offering a DELIVERY GUARANTEE, and delays in both collection and delivery may occur. Please contact me for further information if you require a parcel urgently.

UNITED STATES ORDERS will be dispatched via Royal Mail International Tracked or UPS, depending on the size of the parcel. I will aim to ship twice a week on a Wednesday and Friday, but this may vary depending on my local courier collection availability. I will message you with more information if there is likely to be any delay in shipping. Apologies for any inconvenience during these difficult times.

I AM HAPPY TO SHIP TO OTHER INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS (subject to availability) - PLEASE MESSAGE ME FOR A SHIPPING QUOTE.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING BREXIT AND ORDERS FROM THE EU:
Sadly, the UK has now left the European Union. As a result, parcels may be subject to additional customs levies/charges when they arrive in your own country. These charges will vary for each country and so I urge you to check locally before ordering.
This situation is very new, but it is my understanding that you should now expect to be asked to pay the following charges before the courier will hand over your package*:
- local sales tax (VAT)
- courier handling/brokerage fee (+ vat)
- customs duty for orders over 150 euros.
* This is a new, and changing situation, so precise fees collected may differ. Unfortunately I cannot be held responsible for any customs related charges due on your order.

Due to recent problems with reliability, I am no longer using UPS for my EUROPEAN deliveries. I am using Royal Mail International Tracked service instead. If you have a preferred carrier, please send me a message and I will attempt to give you an accurate shipping quote.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DELIVERY TIMES ARE AN ESTIMATE ONLY. DELAYS ARE LIKELY DURING THE CURRENT COVID OUTBREAK.
If you are concerned about your parcel, please check the tracking information provided (where available), or contact me for further information.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS CONTAINING MULTIPLE ITEMS
It can be difficult to estimate the precise shipping cost for parcels containing multiple items - this will depend on the eventual weight of the package. If you are concerned about the high shipping cost of an order, by all means message me for an accurate quote. Please rest assured that I ALWAYS REFUND SHIPPING OVER PAYMENTS ONCE THE PARCEL HAS BEEN SHIPPED.
I reserve the right to refuse an order if the delivery charge is higher than expected. In this situation I will contact you with an accurate quote for delivery. If the new quote is not acceptable I will cancel the order and issue a full refund.

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

YOU THINK YOUR PARCEL MIGHT BE LOST?
Please bear in mind that delivery times given above are only ESTIMATES.
Royal Mail will only enter into a claim for a lost parcel after the following time lapses:
EU - 20 working days after the item was due for delivery.
REST OF WORLD - 25 working days after item was due for delivery.
UPS - a claim can be initiated once the estimated delivery date has passed; claims are currently taking 10-15 working days to resolve.
If you think that your parcel might be lost, please contact me to let me know so that I can investigate. Please bear in mind that I am unable to offer a refund until the above time period has passed.

PACKAGING AND THE ENVIRONMENT:
I have now almost completely eliminated plastic from my parcel packaging.
Yarn orders are shipped in heavy duty paper sacks sealed with paper tape.
Larger items are boxed and, if padding is required, I use a paper 'bubble' wrap.
I will only use plastic packaging to wrap a rug/textile item to ensure that it arrives to you in a dry condition. I am currently using up old poly bags/sacks for this purpose.
International Orders require an external document wallet for customs purposes - unfortunately this is still plastic :(
Please re-use your packaging materials if possible. If this is not possible, please re-cycle/compost your unwanted packaging.
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 IS AN ORIGINAL RUSTIC WILDWOVEN ART LOOM?

These looms have been designed and created by myself with the help of hubbie David. We wanted to create a new style of loom that would also act as a picture frame, allowing your finished weaving to be instantly hung on the wall and enjoyed.
The weaving frames are not made in a factory, but at home in our draughty Welsh barn. David 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.
The frames have been stained and then finished with a light wax coating.

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