Woven brushed Blanket - heavy weight, cream
Made around New Zealand
Traditionally woven, this heavy weight 100% wool blanket is vast in size and looks even better (if that's possible) in person. You will be hard pressed to find a more stunning, handcrafted blanket of this size and quality anywhere in New Zealand or the world. This will be an heirloom that can be passed down to generations to come.
Size: 2.5metres x 2.5metres square – no fringes – large enough for king size beds
When Cheryl and Barry Eldridge looked to diversify their sheep station 30 years ago, they had no idea the results would eventually be seen on cinema screens around the world. The unique fibre created by their flock of rare grey sheep, which date back to the Vikings, was used to costume many of the main characters appearing in the blockbuster movies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Stansborugh featured again in two major Disney productions, Narnia’s – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian - along with The Waterhorse, BBC’s Kidnapped, Avatar, Kidnapped, Mortal Engines and many others.
In 1991, Cheryl and Barry concluded that their hill country sheep and cattle farm, situated in a picturesque valley in the Wairarapa, two hours drive from Wellington, was a marginal farming operation. With the downturn in farming at the time, the Eldridge’s looked for other imaginative options. Their search resulted in them obtaining a flock of grey sheep with wool orignally used to make sales for Viking long boats , but now registered as a NZ wool breed in their own right, Stansborough Greys. The Eldridge’s also farm a herd of 80 alpacas, have some forestry plantations and created some native bush reserves, to cancel out their carbon footprint. Their son Gavin helps with the day to day management of the farm, while younger son Jamie and Cheryl do more of the paperwork side of the farm operation.
Their flock of grey sheep has wool that is unusually durable, silky, soft and lustrous. This is the result of many years of selective breeding and hard work, producing a Stansborough Grey flock of over twelve hundred animals, the only ones of their kind in the world. The alpacas on the farm produce fibre which adds warmth and a variety of other natural colours to many of the end products created at their weaving mill. When on display in New York, the unusual qualities of the Stansborough Grey fibre caught the attention of Lord of the Rings costume designers and thus began their ongoing involvement in the movie industry.
The Eldridge’s personally attend the shearing, hand sorting and grading of the fleece of each animal. After the fleece has been professionally worsted spun, the yarn is woven at their own historic Weaving Mill in Wellington.
Cheryl with her team of dedicated artisans have created exclusive collections for SAKS Fifth Avenue, and designer gifts for The Royal Family, HRH Princess Charlotte, the King of Jordan, and the President of India.
What originally started out as an idea to keep a rare sheep from extinction has grown into a family business with sustainability at its heart; from the farm, scouring, spinning, weaving and hand finishing.