ACO Christmas Gift Guide

FeaturedACO Christmas Gift Guide

The festive season is upon us once again and with the clock counting down towards the big day, we thought you may appreciate some Christmas gift ideas for your family and friends.

The following products are available from our website and include free UK P&P.  All our products are made in the UK and we do ship internationally (please contact us for international shipping options).

British Wool Throws and Cushions £50.00 – £90.00

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Best of British Collection (£65.00) – The Best of British collection features three undyed, natural coloured designs, made using specially selected British wool.

Real Shetland Heritage Collection (90.00) – The Real Shetland Co. Heritage throws are made using only Real Shetland Wool, wool sourced exclusively from the Shetland Islands.  This range was developed with some of the UK’s top designers and features 16 coloured designs.

Real Shetland Natural Collection (£60.00) – From The Real Shetland Co, this range features undyed pure Real Shetland Wool in all its natural glory.  Striking natural shades in traditional designs, some of which were released by Shetland’s original Tweed manufacturer, T.M.Adie.

Real Shetland Natural Cushion Collection (£50.00) – A long running favourite of The Real Shetland Co.  100% Real Shetland Wool woven outer casing and filling with 100% cotton inner casing.  Perfect for just about any sofa or arm chair.

Wool Rugs and Sheepskins £65.00 – £210.00

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Real Shetland Wool Sheepskins (£65.00) – As with all our RSW (Real Shetland Wool), these sheepskins are sourced exclusively from the Shetland Islands.  All a generous size and in natural white, we don’t bleach our sheepskins.  Very soft and hugely popular all year round!  Tanned in the UK to the highest of standards and a perfect addition to all home settings.

British Wool Coloured Sheepskins (£75.00) – Prepared in the UK to the same high standards as our RSW sheepskins, our British Wool sheepskin rugs offer a stunning mix of natural browns that really are unique.  Very soft and generously sized.  Please note, no two natural sheepskins are ever identical so colour and shape do differ slightly between sheepskins.

Real Shetland Floor Rugs (£210.00) – Two stripey styles in the delectable natural RSW colours.  3ft x 5ft in size.  Woven with 100% undyed RSW and a natural jute backing.  The pile weight is 60oz/yd2 which offers a great feel underfoot.

Cashmere Throws, Stoles and Scarves £80.00 – £350.00

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Our cashmere products are all made in the UK, developed by some of the UK’s most talented designers.  Attractive styles and various sizes, our cashmere range has something for everyone.  Please see our cashmere page for more information.

Cashmere Scarves £80.00

Cashmere Stoles £156.00

Cashmere Throws £198.00 – £350.00

Real Shetland Sheepskin Beanbags £490.00 – £750.00

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Real Shetland Wool Beanbag (£750.00) – Lovingly handmade in the UK using our natural white RSW sheepskins.  Features leather base with zip opening for refilling.  Ridiculously comfortable and amazing to snuggle down into.

Real Shetland Wool Pouf (£490.00) – A scaled down version of the large beanbag, handmade in the UK with the same care and attention to detail and of course, our RSW sheepskins.  An ideal companion to the large beanbag or perfect for children.

Hand Knitting Yarns £3.20 – £7.50

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For the discerning hand knitter in your life, we have a lovely selection of very special British Wool and Real Shetland knitting yarns to offer.  All our yarns were made in the UK – spun in Yorkshire.

We offer free shipping on yarn orders over £15.00 – below that and there’s a £3.50 shipping charge to UK addresses.

ACO Real Shetland Wool Shrink-Resist Worsted Aran (£6.50/100g hank) – Originally developed by The Real Shetland Company, this worsted yarn has been specially treated so that it’s machine washable.  Available in natural white (or ‘ecru’), this Aran weight yarn has a wonderful handle and is suitable for hand-dying, taking colour very well.  Available on hank which makes dying much easier.

British Wool Worsted 2-ply (4ply lace weight) £3.20/25g ball

British Wool Worsted Aran £4.00/50g ball

British Wool Worsted Chunky £7.50/100g ball

 

Thank you for reading our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide.  If you have any questions regarding any of our products, please feel free to contact the team either through our WordPress contact form (here) or via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the ACO website (here).

Just to make your Christmas shopping that little bit kinder on the wallet, we’re offering a 10% discount from your first order by signing up to our mailing list (bottom left of the page).

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Best of British Wool Throws

FeaturedBest of British Wool Throws

Adam Curtis Online are proud to launch our brand-new range of 100% British wool, British made throws… The Best of British Collection.  Now available in three attractive, undyed designs from the Adam Curtis Online website at £65.00 inc. UK P&P.

The Best of British Throw Collection

The Best of British Collection is a collaboration between ourselves and our American sister company, Curtis, Curtis & Sons.  CC&S are British owned and run by our wool specialist, Martin Curtis.  Together, we chose specific British fibres which we combined to produce our new collection, a combination unique to our product range.

The Best of British Throw Collection

The production of our new throw range began at the industry leading Haworth Scouring and Combing facilities in Yorkshire.  As with our other wool throws, the Best of British Collection is Enco Certified, your guarantee that our wool has been handled to the highest quality and cleanliness standards.

The Best of British Throw Collection

Our yarns were spun in Yorkshire and all weaving, finishing and packing of the range were handled with specially selected partners, based in the UK.  We chose only the very best partners to produce the collection, noted for their high standards of quality and loyalty to the industry.

The Best of British Throw Collection

Looking at the finished product, the super-soft loftiness of the yarns and resilient worsted weave result in a throw that is not just attractive but very practical which looks and feels suitable for any occasion or setting.

Best of British Throw Collection

 

Of course, we would shout out praise for our own throws but we believe we have made a collection which truly represents the Best of British textiles.

For more information please feel free to contact us directly, either through the web form on our blog (here) or by the contact details on the ACO website (here).

Alternatively, you may email us direct at adamcurtisonline@gmail.com

 

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

In January 2017 we held a competition for a Real Shetland Company cushion and throw set (worth £150).  The response was excellent with thousands of entries from all over the world.

One lucky winner was selected at random.

And the winner is… Helen Billings, USA.

Helen Billings ACO competition winner

Helen chose our Real Shetland Kingland cushions and throw to make up her set, all of which are currently available to buy from our website.

Adam Curtis Online would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and for signing up to our mailing list.  If you haven’t already signed up for our newsletters, you can do so via our website to receive a 10% discount voucher (redeemable against any website purchase).

More competitions are coming so do keep an eye out for newsletters and announcements on social media.

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Haroldswick, Norwick and Tangwick…

Continuing from our Lerwick blog post, looking at the namesake of some of our attractive Real Shetland Wool Heritage Throws, we have three more throw designs which we thought you may like to learn about; Haroldswick, Norwick and Tangwick.

 

The Heritage Collection of throws is made using Jamieson & Smith’s exclusive Heritage yarn collection; a soft yet strong Worsted spun yarn, developed to recreate traditional Worsted yarns found in the Shetland Museum’s archives.  Keeping in touch with the Heritage theme, the throw range boasts the best of Shetland and Yorkshire textile tradition with both yarn and throws being developed and produced between the two locations; a truly British product.

 

We have already discussed the origins of ‘wick’ in Old Norse (referring to the shape of the bay), with all our throws being named after a stunning Shetland bay.  Here’s some more information about these three Shetland locations, should you ever wish to visit.

Norwick and Haroldswick are located on the Island of Unst, towards the North-East of Shetland, whereas Tangwick is to the North-West, still classed as part of the mainland, in Northmavine.

Haroldswick was given its name from the Viking King Harald, and is supposedly the first landing point of the Vikings on Shetland, also home to the most northerly church in Britain.  Norwick is a very pretty little bay, partly pebble and partly sandy, frequently visited by wildlife photographers and artists.

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A stunning bay at Haroldswick, Shetland
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Another pretty bay found at Norwick, Shetland

 

Northmavine, home to Tangwick, is almost an Island in its own right, joined to Mainland Shetland by Maivis Grind, ‘The Gate on the Narrow Isthmus.’  Home to Tangwick Haa Museum, originally built as a private residence by the Cheyne family in the late 1600’s, Tangwick (Northmavine) is the most northerly parish of mainland Shetland.  With rugged coastline and rolling hills (some of the highest in Shetland), Northmavine is one of the more picturesque corners of Shetland.

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All products made by The Real Shetland Company use only Real Shetland Wool; wool sourced exclusively from the Shetland Islands.  We design, develop and manufacture our products in the UK and are firm supporters of British Textiles.

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Remember, if you don’t see the Real Shetland 3 Sheep logo then it probably isn’t Real Shetland Wool!

 

You can find more information on Real Shetland products at the official Real Shetland Company website (here) and all products are available to buy from Adam Curtis Online.

If you would like to contact us directly, please either use the contact form (here) or using the information from the contact pages on one of the aforementioned websites.

‘Lerwick’ Heritage Throw

Our new Real Shetland Wool throw range, The Heritage Collection (available here) consists of 17 traditional designs using Jamieson & Smith’s lovely Heritage Real Shetland Wool yarn.

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We make our Heritage throws in Yorkshire, combining the textile traditions of Shetland and Yorkshire.

Each of our throws has been named after a location in Shetland and we thought we would tell you a little about the some of the throws and their namesakes.  In this instance, the throw pictured is called ‘Lerwick’, Shetland’s Capital.  The name ‘Lerwick’ stems from Old Norse, which means ‘bay of clay’ with ‘wick’ referring to the shape of the bay.

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Each throw is approximately 56 x 59″ and comes with a limited edition ‘Crofter’s Card’, a Crofter being a person who farms sheep.  Our Crofter’s Cards are hand-signed by a Shetland Crofter.

Lerwick is Britain’s most northern town and Shetland’s only, with half of the population living within 10miles.

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It is also home to Jamieson and Smith, Shetland Wool Brokers, who take in the vast majority of all wool grown in Shetland each year, also known as the ‘wool clip.’  The wool clip that comes into the Wool Brokers’ is bought by Curtis Wool, Jamieson & Smith’s parent company, and then sent down to the mainland for wool processing.  This is the same wool that goes into our Real Shetland Wool products.

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If you ever travel to Shetland from the mainland by sea, then you’re more than likely to call into Lerwick, Shetland’s main port.  While you’re there be sure to pay a visit to Jamieson and Smith, if you’re lucky you may get chance to join a tour of their wool shed and learn more about our lovely Real Shetland Wool.

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Remember, if you don’t see the Real Shetland 3 Sheep logo then it probably isn’t Real Shetland Wool!

If you would like to know more about our throws, please use our contact form or visit our new retail website www.adamcurtisonline.co.uk

Real Shetland Wool Heritage Throws

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Early Spring 2016 Adam Curtis Online, The Real Shetland Company and Jamieson & Smith proudly launched a range of stunning dyed throws made using the lovely Heritage Collection of Real Shetland Wool yarns.

If you would like to see the full collection or even buy one of them, please click here to see them.

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To explain in more detail about what went into making this special throw range, our very own Martin Curtis explains…

It all starts with the wool,  grown exclusively in the Shetland Islands by crofters and sheep farmers. Every individual fleece is graded and sorted for quality by Jamieson and Smith a.k.a ‘The Woolbrokers’. They buy the vast majority of wool that is grown in the Shetland Islands and pay the growers a proper price for it in record time. Fast pay makes friends fast in our world!

The sorted wool goes to our scouring plant in Bradford, Haworth Scouring Ltd, which washes the wool and removes dirt, grease and other unmentionables from the fleeces. Haworth is the most environmentally friendly scour of its type in the world and has more certificates and badges than the Chief Scout!

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The scour baths at Haworth Scouring.

Once scoured the wool goes to our combing department where it is carded and combed into a continuous sliver, called a top, which then goes to the spinner. This is called the worsted route – if you miss out the combing it is the woollen route – the difference is that by combing the wool all the fibres are made parallel and are smoother to the touch. The easiest example is if one compares a Harris Tweed cloth to a fine smooth suiting cloth, the Harris Tweed is woollen and the smooth suiting cloth is worsted. Both processes have their merits and much depends on what sort of a product you want to make as to which one is best. Up to now, our Real Shetland wool throws have been woollen spun but for this brand new bespoke designer range we decided to go the more expensive worsted route.

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Martin Curtis inspecting some lovely wool top at Haworth Scouring

The spinner will take the combed top and rework it so it is suitable for their plant. The yarn for this range is a 2 ply which means two finer yarns are spun individually and then are twisted together to make a single thicker but strong yarn. The yarn then goes to the dyer and for this range it is dyed to 12 different shades. The thickness of the yarn and the shades it is being dyed to are subject to much discussion and thought and designers have a great deal of input here. We chose to work with the same shades as were developed for the Jamieson and Smith Heritage collection of hand knitting yarns – for 3 primary reasons – they coordinate, the shades look wonderful and it makes it more economical. We love them!

So, at this stage we have yarn on cone in a dozen different shades and we need to get it woven into cloth. However, before we can start weaving we have to know what cloth designs we want and then get those designs translated into a form the weaver can work with. This is where we asked a team of highly talented designers for their help. They had the shades to work with and a blank canvas to create something rather special and befitting of the Heritage of Real Shetland wool! They work for some of the top designer labels in the world (I don’t think I can mention their names here but think of the highest high end names and they have probably worked with them!) and we couldn’t wait to see their designs. They drew the designs and coloured them in the chosen shades and showed us what they had come up with. I am going to frame the hand painted designs and hang them in my office.

We were not disappointed and the collection is unique and rather fantastic…but I would say that wouldn`t I? I have a couple of favourites but Adam has different ones and the team at Jamieson and Smith have theirs also. I believe we have a wonderful range of throws that will look good in the back of your car, draped over your bed or settee or favourite comfy chair, for taking to the ball game, the 5 star hotel or the log cabin. Our aim was to make a product that we could all be proud of and is also excellent value for money. I believe we have done that and  I  will let you know how the launch goes in due course. The cost of developing this range runs into many thousands of pounds and is a risk – but what better way to start 2016 than with something fresh and new and rather exciting for the Spring…

PS: Please remember, if something calls itself Shetland wool it probably isn’t genuine unless it has the registered trade mark, the 3 Sheep logo on it.

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The Real Shetland Wool ‘3 Sheep’ logo.

If you would like to follow Martin Curtis’ blogs, you can find him over on the NFU Countryside website or go direct to his blog page, here.

Please follow our blog page to see the second half of our Real Shetland Heritage Throw story.