The Naturalsby Penny NelsonWe have started a great new line of shawls called The Naturals. These shawls are hand woven using only hand spun yarn made from natural fibers - wool, mohair, llama and alpaca – either in their natural colors or dyed by us using historical natural dyes. These are shawls perfect for re-enactors from any period in history because they contain no polyester or other industrially created fibers. These are sturdy, thick shawls meant to keep you warm more than as a topper to your favorite little black dress. Now don’t get me wrong – they are all beautiful but they are designed with function first in mind rather than beauty. Think letting the kids wrap up in one on the floor to watch TV or tossing one in the back seat of the car in case you need it later.
Inspirationby Penny Nelson
Inspiration is a funny thing. It can be all around you in the colors and patterns and textures of life, in the juxtaposition of items you would never put together, in the buds of spring, the drifts of snow, the heat coming off a hot engine. Or it can just be gone and you fear you'll never find it again. I've spent the last part of winter and this early spring with not much inspiration. As I've gotten older, I find I'm much more influenced by the weather than I ever used to be. When it's been dark and gloomy for more than two or three days, I start to droop. The sun brightens everything including my mood and my inspiration. But we've had a lot of gloomy, raining, windy, stormy days this year.