Laura's Loom Cumbrian Summer Blanket
The Cumbrian Summer Blanket is for cool summer nights or for winter layering, able to keep you warm and cosy in all seasons. These blankets are woven in small batches each year, from a blend of Hebridean and Bluefaced Leicester wools.
The striking geometric design and double-faced colouring makes for a real delight with the Cumbrian Summer Blanket. You can use it as a lightweight layer during cool summer nights or as a layering piece during winter. These blankets are woven in small batches each year from a blend of Hebridean and Bluefaced Leicester wools, which together create a soft but hard-wearing fabric.
Available in 10 colourways. The blanket measures approximately 160cm x 260cm plus a short fringe (63″ x 100″) — and will easily cover a king-sized bed or a large sofa.
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All of their raw materials are sourced locally, within a 30-mile radius of home operations. They visit the farmers every year to collect the wool; this is to ensure a quality product, while also maintaining relationships with the local farmers. They try to keep transport miles to a minimum: wool sourced directly from farms is grown, scoured, spun, dyed, woven and knitted at mills within 150 miles of home operations. Most of their customers are UK-based, which also helps to keep the entire process localised. Working with the same local companies over a long time builds up strong relationships which also works to preserve the local economy. The workshop itself is heated by an air-source heat pump, and the looms used are carbon neutral.
Laura’s Loom sources their wool directly from local farmers, and the wool is then processed and finished by a variety of companies who all keep to a high level of environmental compliance. This includes scouring, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and finishing the yarn.
Where possible, Laura’s Loom offers work experience to young people and students just starting out in their careers. In addition, they give back a portion of their sales turnover to local charities each year. In 2021 funds were donated to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Fund, and in 2020 a substantial amount was donated to the Cumbria Community Foundation's Covid fund.
Furthermore, Laura’s Loom doesn’t throw away any of the waste produced during the weaving process. Instead, this is recycled back into other small projects or given to others for their own creative endeavours. Their products are endlessly reusable, and can be fed to a compost bin when they have reached the end of their lives.
100% wool sourced directly from farms in Cumbria & the Yorkshire Dales and spun in West Yorkshire. The wool was dyed and woven in Langholm and finished in Galashiels.
Recommended care: gentle handwash in lukewarm water with eco-friendly soap. Wrap in a towel to dry then hang over a rail. A warm iron will remove any creases. Can be machine washed at 30C in a gentle wool cycle then hung to dry.
Delivery fee is £7 per blanket.
Laura's Loom's guiding principles include keeping it local, maintaining provenance, and giving back to their local community. They proudly support Britain's textile heritage, aiming to keep it relevant for future generations to come.