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SALE 1/3 OFF! Blue water snug handwoven in Alpaca and Shetland (Was 95 GBP)

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SALE 1/3 OFF! Blue water snug handwoven in Alpaca and Shetland (Was 95 GBP)

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Shetland from UK and NZ, Alpaca from Peru

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Description

This classic blue snug is easy to wear. It is small with a 23.5” circumference and is approx. 9.5” deep. The warp is a fine, tweedy, rainbow-flecked Shetland wool in blue and navy, while the strong, lighter blue, alpaca weft is subtly flecked and woven in a diagonal twill pattern for a thick, cushioned cloth with a soft, alpaca facing. I wear one of these every day for about 10 months of the year, and what a difference it makes to warmth and comfort!

A word on character, fit and feel:

This one is tight to pull over my 22” head, and neatly snug but not tight around my 13” neck. The woven wool makes a chunky, robust, but not stiff, fabric. The snug is nonetheless slight enough to fit inside most jacket collars to keep the wind out. I reckon I personally have a medium tolerance of wool next to my skin – I don’t need the very softest, but nor am I comfortable in the very scratchiest. I think that the wool of this one will be soft enough from the get go for all but the sensitive. The alpaca facing gives a cool, silken feel to the smarter fabric. I’d give this one a softness rating of 4 out of 5.

Softness rating (this is relative and subjective, but here’s my own personal guide)

5 = Luxurious, for the thinnest skinned (e.g. all alpaca, merino, mohair, silk etc.; I’m making fewer and fewer of these, since the native wool of these isles doesn’t lend itself and I can’t yet afford sustainable sources)
4 = Soft, for most people (e.g. an alpaca-faced weave)
3 = Medium (e.g. Shetland, once worn in)
2 = Earthen, for the less sensitive (e.g. Shetland, before wearing in)
1 = Rugged, only for the hardy and the bearded (e.g. Harris or other fairly coarse wools, especially before wearing in)

A word on care:

To avoid felting or shrinkage, I recommend handwashing only, in cool water, with minimal agitation. Ecover Delicate Wash, or similar, will give a clean, unperfumed, soapy smell that preserves the integrity of the wool. Please note, in case of allergy, that my items come from a home with a dog, but will smell fresh.

Other words:

Because I live in a van with my loom, touring the Celtic lands, bear with me if your parcel is posted from an outer isle, Brittany or Ireland and is at all slow to arrive - I'll let you know. (My blog, 'Tales from the road', at www.theseisles.co will give you an idea of where I am currently.)

More weavings are to be listed soon. I make to order, so do write to me with your ideas and I'll respond as to whether/how I can fulfil them and advise on custom request prices (which are likely to be approximately 50% higher than stock prices).

My loom and weaving process are illustrated in pictures here: www.theseisles.co/about-my-weaving/

Thanks for reading.

Eloïse

These Isles

PS If you like this weaving, you may also like this one: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/259193457
This classic blue snug is easy to wear. It is small with a 23.5” circumference and is approx. 9.5” deep. The warp is a fine, tweedy, rainbow-flecked Shetland wool in blue and navy, while the strong, lighter blue, alpaca weft is subtly flecked and woven in a diagonal twill pattern for a thick, cushioned cloth with a soft, alpaca facing. I wear one of these every day for about 10 months of the year, and what a difference it makes to warmth and comfort!

A word on character, fit and feel:

This one is tight to pull over my 22” head, and neatly snug but not tight around my 13” neck. The woven wool makes a chunky, robust, but not stiff, fabric. The snug is nonetheless slight enough to fit inside most jacket collars to keep the wind out. I reckon I personally have a medium tolerance of wool next to my skin – I don’t need the very softest, but nor am I comfortable in the very scratchiest. I think that the wool of this one will be soft enough from the get go for all but the sensitive. The alpaca facing gives a cool, silken feel to the smarter fabric. I’d give this one a softness rating of 4 out of 5.

Softness rating (this is relative and subjective, but here’s my own personal guide)

5 = Luxurious, for the thinnest skinned (e.g. all alpaca, merino, mohair, silk etc.; I’m making fewer and fewer of these, since the native wool of these isles doesn’t lend itself and I can’t yet afford sustainable sources)
4 = Soft, for most people (e.g. an alpaca-faced weave)
3 = Medium (e.g. Shetland, once worn in)
2 = Earthen, for the less sensitive (e.g. Shetland, before wearing in)
1 = Rugged, only for the hardy and the bearded (e.g. Harris or other fairly coarse wools, especially before wearing in)

A word on care:

To avoid felting or shrinkage, I recommend handwashing only, in cool water, with minimal agitation. Ecover Delicate Wash, or similar, will give a clean, unperfumed, soapy smell that preserves the integrity of the wool. Please note, in case of allergy, that my items come from a home with a dog, but will smell fresh.

Other words:

Because I live in a van with my loom, touring the Celtic lands, bear with me if your parcel is posted from an outer isle, Brittany or Ireland and is at all slow to arrive - I'll let you know. (My blog, 'Tales from the road', at www.theseisles.co will give you an idea of where I am currently.)

More weavings are to be listed soon. I make to order, so do write to me with your ideas and I'll respond as to whether/how I can fulfil them and advise on custom request prices (which are likely to be approximately 50% higher than stock prices).

My loom and weaving process are illustrated in pictures here: www.theseisles.co/about-my-weaving/

Thanks for reading.

Eloïse

These Isles

PS If you like this weaving, you may also like this one: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/259193457

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PAYMENT METHOD

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LAYAWAY PAYMENT IN INSTALMENTS

In layaway cases where you pay in instalments, I ask for a non-refundable deposit at 25% of the total upfront to reserve the item. We can then agree a payment schedule thereafter over a limited number of months. Please contact me through my shop beforehand to arrange and I'll adjust and duplicate the listing accordingly for you to purchase each instalment as normal through Etsy's checkout.

I will usually add a 5% surcharge for the additional administration involved.


BESPOKE COMMISSIONS

If you would like something made especially for you, I work to commission, designing weavings in consultation with you. This provides me with constant technical and artistic challenge, as well as new inspiration. I work in batches for efficiency, designing variations around your specifications. I normally have a waiting list of at least a month. Please allow for custom order requests to cost around 50% more than equivalent stock items. Costlier yarns, complicated colour combinations or designs, larger dimensions and/or denser weaves will all increase the price due to higher materials costs, lengthier consultation time, experimentation challenges and increased labour intensiveness.

The order process is as follows:

1. Online (or occasionally by phone or face to face), you place a custom request in which you describe your chosen design's ideal colour(s), texture, weight, dimensions and character, sending photos and highlighting which aspects you like most in my existing items. You specify your ceiling budget.

2. I make a design proposal (which may involve more discussion with you), giving a guide price and outlining timescale.

3. You pay a 25% non-refundable deposit (if the item's final price is less than four times this amount and you reject it, I will refund the difference, but not the full deposit).

4. I make what we've agreed, in a batch of related but non-identical items (which means you may have a second choice).

5. I list the weaving(s) for sale and send you the link for you to purchase.


DEPOSIT: For commissions I require a non-refundable 25% deposit upfront, and punctual payments thereafter to an agreed schedule. The full amount plus shipping costs are to be paid before despatch.

Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept exchanges

Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery

I don't accept returns or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

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 personalised orders
  • Digital downloads
  • Items on sale

Returns and exchange details

The above are automatic Etsy settings that, as an EU business (currently), I cannot alter. Please see below for limitations on returns:

These Isles is a very small business, and my livelihood. Your satisfaction counts for a lot. I appreciate prudence, courtesy and generous-spirited transactions, and you can expect the same. If you wish to return an item, I would generally rather exchange, or make an equivalent replacement to order, than reimburse.


NON-EU CUSTOMERS:

You will be able to return items after discussion, at my discretion, and will be responsible for all shipping costs incurred. Please note though that I cannot accept returns for colours not matching the photos that you see here. Although they are pictures of the actual item you will receive, our backlit computer screens not only vary from device to device, but also tend to make photographs very vivid. I take care in editing photos not to saturate or exaggerate, but item colours are almost always slightly subtler in real life unless stated otherwise, and vary with sunlight, cloud or artificial light.


EU CUSTOMERS:

You currently have the right to return an item for any reason within fourteen days of receipt and receive a full refund for the original purchase price and outward shipping paid. You will be liable for return shipping costs. If, however, the item is not as described, I will refund the full amount including shipping. Please note though that actual colours will not exactly match the photos that you see here. Although they are pictures of the actual item you will receive, our backlit computer screens not only vary from device to device, but also tend to make photographs very vivid. I take care in editing photos not to saturate or exaggerate, but item colours are almost always slightly subtler in real life unless stated otherwise, and vary with sunlight, cloud or artificial light.

Shipping policies

I endeavour to despatch items within five working days of receiving your payment, and almost always achieve this and better with stock items. Since I live on the road and seek out the wilder places, please forgive any delay – I will usually be able to contact you to let you know if this is likely to be the case. Please let me know if you have a special occasion deadline or similar and I will do my best. (If in doubt please enquire before purchase.)

Please bear in mind that you will be liable for any import duties charged by the Customs and Excise department of your country.

One day I hope to be able to offer fossil-fuel-reduced sail delivery options for international orders on request, as there are one or two pioneering companies offering this green option. (If you're a pioneering sailboat company offering this green option, please get in touch!)

Additional policies

WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR

I take great care and time with both my customers and my craft.

My weavings are never perfect. With the more organic-looking designs, I allow irregularities to remain where they complement the whole. With smarter, patterned or more homogenous items, I make more corrections to any missed picks that are not in keeping with the overall look.

Handweaving is an extremely time-consuming and labour-intensive process (even without this additional step).

As I establish my business my prices - which have to cover labour, materials, customer service, workshop, marketing, advertising, listing, computing, banking and professional development costs - will increase gradually over time so that I can achieve at least the local minimum wage for myself.

'These Isles' is yet young and changing as it grows: my craft, procedures and policies are refined and improved all the time. Your suggestions are welcome.

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