Using only the finest yarns for weaving (and dyeing), Trish draws on the colours of her garden and the forest around her – the resulting hand dyed yarn palette is rich and jewel-like yet muted – infused with honey and earth tones.
A calm and meditative environment is essential for Trish to create. In fact, she credits “weaving meditation” as THE key to the beauty of her handwoven creations and the comfort they bring to those that wear – and use – them. Trish has spent almost two decades practicing her craft and this is seen in the fine art quality of her pieces. Her colour combinations are kind to the eyes and the textiles warm the heart.
“I have chosen a life of simplicity – doing fewer things and doing them mindfully, with care and compassion for the earth, myself, and all sentient beings…hopefully this practice of mindfulness is seen in my work.”
I consider the yarns I choose to work with very carefully – being passionate about animal and environmental issues, I feel it is important to source products that help support and care for the animals, the people and the land. All of the Merino wool yarns on my site are sourced from farmers who do not practice mulesing. Being superwash, the yarns are not organic – although I do have some organic wool textiles available which of course are non-mulesed as well. The silk available is mostly “peace silk”. The Muga silkworms live outside in the trees (rather than in tiny cubicles). After the moths have emerged, the tannin-coloured cocoons are then hand picked by locals of the Brahmaputra valley in India and handspun into fine silk yarn.
Currently, I am searching for more local wool farmers that I can engage with personally and who treat their sheep with kindness. If you are such a farmer, or know of one please let me know. Superwash yarns however are only available as non-organic imported yarn….there is no one outside of Australia, New Zealand or South Africa that I know of that is superwashing organic wool yarns….and it is highly unlikely that this is something that will happen in the near future.
Having learned about “live export” which has been a huge business in Australia in 2015 I want to know what happens to the babies from the ewes that are not kept for wool production and what happens to the ewes (and rams) after their production drops off or the farmer is replacing older animals. I am often told that I want too much from the wool industry….but I will keep looking. At least, for now, you can feel confident that all of my superwash Merino wool is non-mulesed.
You will notice a lack of cashmere products on the website as cashmere is devastating to the environment when commercially produced (I’m not talking about small home-based businesses). And angora – when commercially produced it is tortuous to the rabbits (again I do not mean small home-based businesses but large commercial interests).